“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, ‘Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning the first day.
And God Said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters’ And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven. An there was evening and there was morning the second day.
And God said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. And God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.’ And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so. And God made the two great lights – the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night – and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning the fourth day.
And God said, ‘Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.’ So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth. And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds – livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.’ And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’ And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning the sixth day.” -Genesis 1
Let me begin with the observation that some in the Church today believe that Genesis 1-3 must be interpreted through the lens of modern science and secular scholastic reason. The creation account, given to us in Genesis one and two, is often molded to fit man’s explanation of how the world came to be. Christians have buckled under the pressure of the world and sometimes fail to take an uncompromising stand on Scripture. Even those who hold to a belief in intelligent design may attempt to argue for it through extra biblical means. This kind of thinking is often born out of a faulty hermeneutic, exegetical error, and theological denial. If we believe in an inerrant and infallible Biblical canon, if we believe in an authoritative sixty-six books of Scripture, then we should also understand that we do not acquire true knowledge and understanding of creation outside of the inspired word of God.
“For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;” Proverbs 2:6
“The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.” Proverbs 15:14
John MacArthur says this in reference to the battle over origins and the interpretation of the creation account:
“If we want to understand creation, if we want to understand origins, if we want to understand how the universe came into existence and everything that is in it, we have to look at theology, not science. And the source of theology is the Word of God in which God speaks. The Bible is not theory, the Bible is fact. The Bible is reality. The Bible is truth no matter what subject it addresses, but particularly with regard to origins since no one was here when God created, we have only His eyewitness account.”
If we take the creation account as being something else other than what it actually says, fitting human theory in between the lines of the text, then we have put ourselves in a position of authority over Scripture. By saying that Genesis is actually inaccurate or unclear when it comes to what it says about the world and everything in it being created in six literal twenty-four hour days, the door is left wide open to disagree with anything else in Scripture that may not fit in with the way you want to live. If we can agree that God created the world and all things in it, it shouldn’t be difficult to believe that an all powerful creator was able to do that in 6 days. Scripture is breathed out by God, it is reliable, and we can take it for what it says without trying to fit the reasoning’s of mankind into it.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” -2 Timothy 3:16
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” -John 17:17
As we see in Genesis one and two, the world was created in 6 literal 24 hour days. The text is clear in this regard. Hebrew scholars do not disagree that the word day (Yom יום) when used alongside the words evening (Erev עָ֫רֶב) and morning (Boqer בֹּ֫קֶר), is used to describe a twenty-four hour period of time. God didn’t create the earth in 6 days and rest on the seventh because it wasn’t physically possible for him to do it in one, but rather because he was setting a pattern for mankind. We see that cycle given to us in Genesis one in our calendar. It is how we keep track of time. We live out a seven day week fifty-two times every year. It sets the precedence for how we are to order our lives, how we are to work, how we are to rest, and how we are to give glory to the one true and holy God through the proper use of our time.
If we reject what the Bible tells us about creation and try to accommodate an old earth ideology in some way to fit with scientific theory, we not only misconstrue the biblical account of creation but we also imply that either death came before the fall in Genesis 3, or creation is on-going to this day through evolution and that God’s creation wasn’t completed on day six. The Bible speaks very clearly on the issue of origins in Genesis 1 and 2. To begin to deconstruct Scripture at its very beginning, taking away from what it clearly says in the text and trying to fit in various theories and ideologies is a dangerous road to travel down and it often results in further rejection of the word of God throughout the rest of Scripture. If we believe in an authoritative Bible, there has to come a point in time where we take Scripture for what it says and lay aside the opinions of mankind.