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IN SIX DAYS The majority of this presentation comes from Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis.
In Six Days God created the heavens and earth and all that is in them in six days… Genesis chapter 1: Starting with verse 5, we see 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.... day And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day….13 day….13 And the evening and morning were the third day…. day…. 14 And the evening and the morning were the fourth 23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth 2:2 And on the seventh day day God ended his work which he had made.
In Six Days But the word day can mean something other than an ordinary day. Thats true. A given word can have a number of different meanings.
Meaning is dependent upon the grammar of the language and the context in which the words appear. However, the default meaning of the word day is an ordinary 24 hour day.
Since the word day can can mean something other than an ordinary day, the question is, When does day mean an ordinary day, and when does day mean something other than an ordinary day?
In Six Days In the Hebrew language, the word day is YOM (pronounced with a long o sound)
Hebrew usage of the word day: When When day is used with a number, it always means an ordinary day. evening and morning are used together, they always always mean an ordinary day. When When day is used with evening or morning, it always always means an ordinary day. When When day is used with night, it always always means an ordinary day.
In Six Days Interestingly enough, the same four rules apply to the English language as well! Lets consider a phrase used by Ken Ham…
Back in my fathers day, it took ten days to drive across the Australian outback during the day. Does the first usage of the word day mean an ordinary day? No, it means time. In my fathers time…
Back in my fathers day, it took ten days to drive across the Australian outback during the day. Does the second usage mean an ordinary day? YES! It has a number!
Back in my fathers day, it took ten days to drive across the Australian outback during the day. How about the third usage? Does it mean an ordinary 24 hour day? No. It means only the sunlit portion of a day.
Which of these examples mean ordinary days, and which are non-specific?: These days… This day… These two days… The day of chariot racing… The days and nights we spent… It was a day of turmoil The evening of that day… Non-specific Ordinary days Ordinary day Non-specific
In Six Days Lets look at Genesis chapter 1: Starting with verse 5, we see Night… evening… morning… [number] day, …evening, morning, number, day, evening, morning, number, day,…
Lets look at Genesis chapter 1: Starting with verse 5, we see 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day….13 And the evening and morning were the third day…. 14 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day…. 23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day…. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day…. 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made. Night evening morning second day evening morning day first thirdeveningmorning day fourth evening morning day fifth evening morning day sixth evening morning day I think Gods trying to tell us something.
In Six Days Its as if God is saying, Its an ordinary day. If you didnt get it, its an ordinary day. If youre really thick, God goes out of his way in the Hebrew language to say these were ordinary days! itisanordinary day!
In Six Days Well, why doesnt it say evening and morning on the seventh day? God finished! The sequence was completed. Besides, it has a number, and that alone indicates it was an ordinary day.
Well, what about Genesis chapter two where it says, …in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens… That doesnt mean an ordinary day! Is there a number? The word night? Evening or morning?
In the Old Testament, outside of Genesis, Day Day is used with a number 410 times. In all 410 uses, it means an ordinary day. Evening Evening & Morning are used together without the word day 38 times. It always means an ordinary day. or Morning are used together with the word day 23 times each and always means an ordinary day. Night Night is used with day 52 times and it always means an ordinary day.
In Six Days Since the default meaning of day is an ordinary day, the burden of proof is on the one who claims it means something other than an ordinary day.
Show me from the scriptures, the language, and the context, a reason why the word day in chapter 1 of Genesis should not mean an ordinary day.
Show me from a straightforward reading of Genesis chapter 1 that an unbiased person, someone who had no extra-Biblical teaching about the age of the universe, someone who was simply seeking truth would come to the conclusion that it is talking about anything other than an ordinary day.
You cant! There is no indication that the word day in Genesis chapter 1 means anything other than an ordinary day.
God even wrote it in stone by his own hand as part of the Ten Commandments: Exodus Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested on the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. 31:17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel forever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth…and He gave unto Moses…tables of stone, written with the finger of God.
In Six Days But God knew people in the beginning wouldnt have understood the details of a billions of years creation scenario, so he used the word day to make it easier to understand. God would lie, mislead, or distort the truth to make something easier to understand?
I believe the most perfect and intelligent beings that ever existed were Adam and Eve. On average, the farther back toward Adam and Eve you go, the less degenerated everything was; therefore the more intelligent people were.
The only advantage we have today over those ancient people is that we have an accumulation of knowledge, information, and technology.
God invented language, and then gave us HIS revelation in language. Is God inept? Is God not a good communicator? There are Hebrew words that mean indefinite periods of time:* ze-mān ze-mān commonly translated season ēt ēt commonly translated indefinite time If God had meant long or indefinite periods of time, He could have expressed exactly that concept. *Dr. Ting Wang,
In Six Days Do you really think the most intelligent humans who ever lived would have had difficulty understanding the concept of indefinite or long periods of time? Such as… In the first epoch, God created…, In the second epoch, God created… as opposed to first day…, second day…?
Would you have had difficulty understanding it?
Instead, God used yom.
God communicated through language. Therefore, we must view His message and derive meaning through the rules and context of language. If what God said disagrees with what man says, who is most likely to be wrong?
But God didnt intend to describe HOW he created, only THAT he created. Genesis is not poetic. Genesis is not written as a story. Genesis is written in the Hebrew historical narrative. Genesis is not legend, myth, or fable. It is an account.
But there are many details missing from the Genesis account. Its true, God did not include many of the details of the creation event. A complete level of detail, we would be sure to misunderstand. However, there is a difference between taking what God says as truth and filling in the details with what we slowly discover, and taking contradictory statements of man and saying what God DID say is incorrect.
Whenever were presented with something man says, it must at least fit with what God has said, or man is wrong.
But in Second Peter chapter 3 verse 8, it says, With the Lord a day is like a thousand years! Read the rest of the verse… And a thousand years is like a day! Well that cancels that one right out!
Furthermore, a phrase in the New Testament does not determine the meaning of a Hebrew word. The meaning of a Hebrew word is determined by the Hebrew language, the Hebrew grammar, and the context in which it appears.
The word day [YOM] is used 2301 times in the Old Testament. Why question only Genesis 1? What if we said… Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for 3000 years.
Joshua and the Children of Israel marched around the walls of Jericho for 7000 years.
1984 Professor James Barr, Regius Professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford: … so far as l know, there is no professor professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe believe that the writer(s) of Gen intended to convey convey to their readers the [idea] that creation took place in in a series of six days days which were the same same as the days of 24 hours we now experience …. Or, to put it negatively, the apologetic arguments which suppose the 'days' of creation to be long eras of time…are not taken seriously by any such professors…. Note: Professor Barr does not claim to believe that Genesis is literally true, he is just telling us, openly and honestly, what the language means.
In Six Days No, God didnt create the universe in millions of years or even six thousand years. Our God created the heavens and the earth, and all that is in them IN SIX DAYS Just as HE said. The question is…
Why did it take him so long? Could God have created everything in an instant? YES Why did he drag it out?
Where do we get our YEAR? Earth around the Sun Where do we get our MONTH? Moon around the Earth Where do we get our DAY? Rotation of the Earth
Where do we get our WEEK? Genesis chapter 1 There is NO OTHER BASIS anywhere for a seven-day week.
God created the universe in six days for us, so we would have a day of rest. Jesus Jesus said, The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27 Praise to our God who loves us so much.
In Six Days With all that said… There is only ONE reason for a person to conclude that the word 'day' in Genesis chapter 1 means something other than an ordinary day: To add Millions of Years to the Bible
If you try to add millions of years to the Bible, youve got millions of years of death and suffering before sin. And God called it good! Paul tells us in Romans 6:23 Death is the penalty for sin. He also reminds us in Romans 5:12-14 that sin came into the world by man, and death came into the world by sin.
However, if death was around for millions of years before man, the idea of death being the wages of sin is a myth. Death was already here! If youre going to cast doubt on the six days in Genesis chapter 1 in order to fit millions of years into the Bible, you also cast doubt on Romans 6:23, and 5: Where does it stop?
Brothers and sisters, this is compromise with the world. This is judging the Word of God against the words of man. This is saying our God is incapable of communicating his message. This is saying man is wiser and more knowledgeable than God. This is SIN!
God said SIX DAYS, approximately six thousand years ago. He wrote it in stone with his own finger. Man says millions of years of death and suffering, and thoughtless, purposeless, random evolutionary processes. Whom will you believe?