Genesis 1: twenty-four hours days

Glenn Addington By Glenn Addington, 16th Feb 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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An examination of the text of scripture and the use of the Hebrew word "YOM' in context demands that the days spoken of in Genesis 1 be accepted as 24 hour days.

The Hebrew word 'YOM'

YOM is the Hebrew word for day, and when used in the first five books of the Bible with the numerical digit, it always refers to a literal 24 hour day. The formula, evening and morning, is used 38 times outside of Genesis 1, and always means a 24 hour day. The Hebrew day begins at 6 PM. This phrase, evening and morning, is the Hebrew formula for expressing a 24 hour day. Not only is this seen throughout Genesis 1, but is the expression used by the 'holy one' speaking in Daniel 8:14. When used in a sequential format, it also means a 24 hour day. " First, second, third, fourth, fifth, ad infinitum": this demands the day be perceived as a 24 hour day.

The Exodus 20 demand of God

In Exodus 20, where we are given the 10 Commandments, we’re told, “remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. In six days you shall work, and seventh day shall be day of rest.” God set the example for us, and expected Israel to follow it, thus making it a commandment.In Exodus, 20:11, we read, "For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy." Some have said that, since the 'evening and morning' phrase doesn't show up in describing the seventh day - God's day of rest - then that day is still on-going. This would supposedly justify making the days longer than 24 hours. But the text says 'He rested', not 'He is resting.'
Exodus 31:17 reinforces this idea. God re-states the requirement of Sabbath rest to HIs people. "It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed." God certainly had much to do in the direction of the plan of redemption. In John 5:17, when answering the Jews who opposed Him, we read, 'But He answered them, "My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working." So God has been working continuously since He finished His 24 hour day of rest, which we read of in Genesis 2.

"with the Lord one day is like a thousand years"

This passage from II Peter is used by some to make the claim that the Genesis 1 days could be long ages. But this is only an attempt to justify theistic evolution, or an attempt to give credibility to the myth of uniformitarian geology. The Hebrew word transliterated YOM specifies a 24 hour time frame. This is the same word used in Exodus, telling of Moses' stay of 40 days on the top of Mt Sinai with God. So, was he there 40 days, or 40,000 years? Did the Israelites march around Jericho for 7 days, or 7,000 years? Sounds absurd, but this is what you get when you start trying to make the days long ages when they are, in reality, honest 24 hour days. And regarding Jonah's three days in the belly of the great fish; was he there for three days, or 3,000 years?

God is able!

Accepting the statements regarding God's creation may be an be an indication of our faith - or lack of it. Jesus could do the miracles that He did - walking on water, raising the dead, turning water into wine, healing the blind, deaf, lame, and lepers, because He was the Son of God, and it was His intent to get the attention of God's people, teach them regarding the nature and character of God. And then, of course, 'to serve and give His life a ransom for many.' Mark 10:45
Heb 11:3 says. "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible." I'll settle for trusting God's word and His creative power and imagination. I'm satisfied with the 4 words, "In the beginning, God...,."


Bible, Genesis 1

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I am an American, former Viet Nam veteran, and a Christian, living in East Tennessee. I am now retired and am pursuing a writing career. I would welcome writing assignments.

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