Written by Celia Barlow
I have been very blessed by attending Sue Jackson’s Kingdom Studies and although I am not an intern I have had a bash at their essay assignments, one of which is attached. It is very short due to only 250 words allowed
Explain and Defend your understanding of the seven days of creation
Suppose the writer of Genesis wished to teach his readers that all things were created and made in 6 literal days, then what words would he use to best convey the thought? The answer is the actual words of Genesis 1, that the days are literal 24 hour days. God carefully defined his terms. Genesis 1:3 says “And God said let there be light and there was light.” God then divided the light from the darkness using the Hebrew word “yom” which is qualified as a day using the terms evening and morning.
If the days of creation are really geological ages of millions of years then the gospel message is undermined as it puts death, disease, thorns and suffering before the Fall. If we take Genesis 1 at face value it says that God created the universe, the earth, the sun, the moon and stars, plants and animals and the first 2 people in 6 ordinary days and rested on the 7th.
We cannot allow ourselves to be influenced by Geology and the different layers of fossils in the Grand Canyon. These are non- biblical. Radiometric dating has been used to “prove” millions of years but is an evolutionary assumption. God did not use evolution. We cannot use it to overrule God’s creation over 7 days.
Some may challenge this as Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:9 say that a day was as a 1,000 years and 1,000 years as one day. The 7 days of creation therefore form the blueprint of the whole of time: 1 day=1,000 years, so 1 week = 7,000 years of man’s history. We read in Revelation 20 that there is a coming 1,000 year reign of Christ, the Millenium. This can be linked back to God’s day of rest on creation day 7. We are therefore now very near to 6,000 years of man’s rule on earth and Jesus’ return.
The Holy Bible NIV Thompson Chain Reference Published by Hodder & Stoughton, The Book of Genesis chapters 1 & 2
The New Answers Book by Ken Ham Publisher Master Books USA chapter 8 pages 88-112
The Keys of Time by Derek Walker copyright 2013 pages 16-18
The Genesis Record by Henry M Morris Published by Baker Book House Grand Rapids Michigan chapter 3 pages 53-72