Creation

 

 

1. How should the six days of creation be interpreted? As long periods of time (centuries, thousands of years, etc.) or literally as days of 24 hours?

 

The six days of creation, as we find them in the book of Genesis, must be interpreted literally, for each one of those days was made of 24 hours. This is confirmed by the fact that at the end of each one of the six days the Scripture states: “And there was evening, and there was morning …” (Genesis 1:5,8,13,19,23,31 – NIV).

God confirmed this on Mount Sinai when He gave the Sabbath commandment, as He said to Israel: “Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 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” (Exodus 20:9-11). Therefore, the fact that God under the law commanded the Israelites to follow His example by resting on the seventh day of the week – in that after God made all things in six days He rested from all His work, as it is written: “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” (Genesis 2:2) – confirms that the six days of creation were days of 24 hours.

 

 

 

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