For in six days the LORD made heaven and 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. (Exod. 20:11)
Question 9: What is the work of creation?
Answer: The work of creation is God’s making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in six normal consecutive days, and all very good.[i]
This is an extremely important question and topic to deal with. In recent decades it has become popular to say that the creation narrative of Genesis 1 must somehow be made to fit into the theory of Darwinian evolution. Although evolution is not provable science, nor is it even reasonable science, it is the culturally accepted explanation for the origins of life. Therefore, many churches, pastors, and theologians feel obligated to kowtow to it and argue for the idea of theistic evolution. However, the Bible makes clear that God created all things, including the heavens and the earth (Ex 20:11), in “six normal consecutive days.” Often the debate surrounds the Hebrew word for day (yōm) which on occasion can mean larger expansions of time. The trouble with that interpretation is that the text tells us at the end of each day "there was evening and there was morning, the first day," then "the second day," and so on for each day. There was one morning and there was one evening each day. Thus, the Hebrew word yōm most commonly means one single 24-hour day. Undoubtedly, this would have been how the people of Israel would have understood the Genesis account. If each day represented thousands or even millions of years to account for theistic evolution, the Hebrew language was developed enough that God could have communicated that. Rather, what the text tells us is that God simply willed all things into existence ex nihilo, out of nothing. This is the God of the Bible. The God of the Bible is not on his knees, wringing his hands in frustration over the direction of world history. Instead, the God of the Bible is sovereign, all powerful, and in complete control of everything that is happening in this world. This is the God we serve and worship.
[i] “A Catechism with Proofs” by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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