Genesis 1:1-5 (First Day)
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
In verse one, it describes God creating the heaven and the earth in the beginning
. This indicates that reality as we know it didn't exist. In
the very next verse, it says the earth was without form or void and darkness was on the face of the deep. So God created light, with just His
. This would indicate that God set time in motion; the day and night cycle. Keep in mind, the sun isn't created until day four!
Genesis 1:14-18 (Fourth Day)
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons,
and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
The Bible is chock full of language with deep meaning. It's no different in Genesis. God created the day and night cycle (i.e. time started) and
worked within the framework of that day and night cycle from day one. Note also that God created the sun, moon and stars, again, with His
What this tells us is that God is capable of bringing things into existence with just His voice (et al). Given the context, we can come to the
logical conclusion that God did indeed create everything within a literal six days and did so during the light cycle, not the dark cycle. That
narrows the time of work every day to about 9.5 to 15 hours, depending on where time started to begin with.
The other thing you're missing is that God deliberately took His time with creation. In other words, a God that can speak things into existence
could've made everything in the blink of an eye. He chose to stretch it out for six days. Why? The answer is in...
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
God set aside six days to work and one day to rest. This was intentional, because He sanctified it.
Exodus 20:11 (From the Ten Commandments, commandment four)
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the
sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Here we see that the Ten Commandments, as given to Moses, written on stone by the hand of God, states that God (the Lord) blessed the sabbath day and
Sabbath is a day of rest for mankind and a day for worship, so that men can commune with God and keep a close relationship with Him. As we see, it
was there at creation and it remained even to the time of Moses. It remains to this day.
God created Adam from the dust of the earth and breathed life into him. The key word here are breath, which is a gift of life from God that returns
to God at death. Soul in this context means an individual human being.
7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden
; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
This act shows the awesomeness of God's power, having formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed life into him. We know the complexity of
man. DNA alone is insanely complex.
God saw that Adam was alone and needed a companion and helper (for his work). He put Adam to sleep and used one of his ribs to create Eve.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead
22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
God created our reality with design and purpose, for man, so that he could be close to his creator. We know that Adam and Eve literally walked and
talked with God before they sinned. After sin and being expelled from Eden, God no longer came to them in person, because the presence of God is
enough to kill a sinful person (Exodus 33:20). Imagine having that kind of righteousness. This gives us an important insight into the ramifications
of the corruption called sin in this world. How much things changed when sin took hold.
Adam and Eve also worked in the garden of Eden, but it wasn't toil. It was leisure in a garden of paradise.
15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it
We know the work Adam and Eve did wasn't considered work, because man didn't find struggle in work until after sin.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou
shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust
shalt thou return.
And so sin cursed mankind to have to work the land for food and sweat and toil to eek out a living. Not only that, man would return to the dust from
which He came. The curse of sin is powerful (The wages of sin is death).
In the act of creation, we see God put importance on obedience (sabbath, don't eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil). After sin, the Ten
Commandments were necessary to guide men back to righteousness.
Sin has been a constant struggle and man continues to be disobedient, despite the amount of love and care God put into His creation. God set up the
perfect world, but gave man free will and the rest is history. Still, God gives us a way back to Eden and you can see it even in Genesis, before
reading anything else in the Bible. It's about accepting Him as your God and obeying His commandments.
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