The Creation

Genesis (Chapter 1 to 11) – Be Basic
The Creation

Creation by God is foundational to all history and to all theology. Creation, in fact, is the foundation of all truth.  If the universe came into existence by divine creation, there is God.  And since there is God, He is in charge, He is sovereign.  He sets the rules.  All of that is laid down as foundation in creation.

The work of creation is wrapped in divine blessing. Animal life (1:22), human life (v. 28), and the seventh day (2:3) are all blessed specifically. Humankind, the image of God, enjoying sovereignty over the creatures of the earth and observing the rest of God, has a blessed beginning.

The account of creation (primarily 1:1–2:3 but further information gathered from 2:4–25) not only forms the theological starting point of the book but also provides a vivid portrayal of the work of God in transforming chaos into a creation that is complete, fully blessed, and at rest. (see Chart 1 below).

Chart 1: Basic Elements in the Creation Account
Title: God created the universe
Chaos: Waste and void, darkness on the deep
Creation:

Spirit of God hovering over the face of the water

Day 1:   Light out of darkness, day and night separated
Day 2:   Waters above and below separated: heaven
Day 3:   Seas gathered and dry land appears: vegetation
Day 4:   Heavenly luminaries formed to rule and divide times
Day 5:   Marine life and birds created and blessed
Day 6:  Animal life created and blessed; human life created, blessed, and commissioned

Completion: Day 7:  Creation marked with sanctified rest

6 Days Creation

Analysis of the material in this chapter yields a framework that is foundational to the theology of the book. Essentially the work of creation is a correction of chaos. Emptiness, formlessness, darkness, and the deep are replaced or altered with a creation that is pronounced good and is blessed by God.

A paradigm thus emerges in the prologue of the book: God breaks through the darkness with his light (bringing good over evil), sets about making divisions from the darkness and the deep (the lasting symbol of chaos), provides fertile land that will be heavily vegetated, designates appointed times and seasons (ordering the cycles of life), blesses the earth with all kinds of living creatures, and creates human life in his image, with the blessing of fertility and the commission to rule. With creation in perfect order and fullness, the sanctifying theocratic rest can begin (see Chart 2 below).

Chart 2: Theological Themes in the Creation Account

Day
Activity
Theological Themes
1
Light created; light divided from darkness Revelation of God’s goodness and separation from evil
2
Heaven divided from waters below Separation from evil abyss (deep)
3
Land appears for vegetation Provision of fertile land for all types of vegetation
4
Luminaries designated to rule times and seasons Designation of appointed times and seasons for ordering creation
5
Living creatures of the sea and air created and blessed Provision and blessing of all kinds of animal life
6
Land animals created and blessed; human life created and blessed and commissioned to have dominion Provision of human life (seed) and blessing of fertility and dominion over creation
7
Completion of creation and designation of the seventh day Provision of sanctifying, or theocraticrest

A. What Did God Create?

The Bible opens with a monumental statement, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  And with that statement the Word of God affirms the existence of the universe and everything in it as the product of God’s created act. This verse also gives a general and inclusive account of creation.  That’s a way of saying God created everything in the universe, everything that exists. He is the creator of all things visible and invisible, and “all things” means everything from angels to every form of life.  Everything includes every form of energy, every form of matter, light, nuclear structure, gravity, time and space, and every law by which nature operates, were created within the framework of this creation. 

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Col 1:16-17

God made everything full grown. He brought man and his helper, Eve, into existence as full grown. He created an absolutely and completely full-grown, fully matured creation that was capable then of reproducing itself, sustaining its life and that’s why He said it’s very good.

“In the beginning” also launches a previous non-existent reality … time.  It didn’t exist until God created it.  At a certain point in eternity, God spoke the universe into existence including time. Time is God’s creature.  And time provided the proper framework for creation, day one through day six. 

Time is not absolute. St. Augustine put it this way, “With the motion of creatures, time began to run its course.  It is idle to look for time before creation as if time can be found before time.  A creature could not move if it did not exist.  We should therefore say that time began with creation rather than that creation began with time.  Both are from God, for from Him and through Him and in Him are all things.”

B. How Did God Create?

In verse 1 “In the beginning God created,” it uses the word bara. Bara, a Hebrew word, is used in Scripture only with reference to the divine work of God.  It means basically that the infinite, eternal, personal, triune God of the universe brought things into existence which were not in existence prior to this moment.  He created, the Latin says, “ex nihilo”, out of nothing.  The things that we see in the created universe were made from nothing, ex nihilo, without pre-existing material

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”  Hebrews 11:3

He spoke it into existence out of nothing. There are recurring references to the words “God said” in the creation account. He willed it and spoke it into existence

Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.’ 
Genesis 1:3

Then God said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters and let it separate the waters from the waters,’
Genesis 1:6

     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. 
Genesis 1:9

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. Genesis 1:11

  Then 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, Genesis 1:14

     And God said, ‘Let the waters swam with swarms of living creatures and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.’ 
Genesis 1:20

Then 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 kind.’ And it was so.  Genesis 1:24

and 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.’  Genesis 1:26

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.” “For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded and it stood firm.” 
Psalm 33:6
 and 9

C. When Did God Create? 

From the creation of the universe to the creation of man was six days.  Starting in Genesis 5, we get Adam and his subsequent generations to the Flood. It recorded the people and all the years of their life. Adding up the years from the creation of the universe to the Flood, there were 1,656 years. 

Genesis 11 gives the chronology from the Flood to Abraham.  It starts out with the children of Noah…Shem, goes right on down to Abraham, that’s 225 years. 

Start in Genesis 12 with Abraham and go through the Old Testament historical books … Exodus, Numbers, Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, we have the chronology from Abraham to the Babylonian captivity. That would be 430 years in Egypt, 40 years in the wilderness, seven years conquering Canaan, 350 years of the Judges, 110 years of the United Kingdom under Saul, David and Solomon, 350 years under the divided kingdom of Judah and Israel, 70 years…350 years and then you have the Babylonian captivity, 70 years.  And then you have the return and the rebuilding, 140 years.  So, from Abraham to the return and rebuilding of Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the nation Israel you have about 1500 or so years.

Following the rebuilding and the restoration, you’re at the end now of the Old Testament, you’ve got 400 years of silence.  So you have about 2000 years, we sort of started out from the creation to Abraham is about 2000 years.  From Abraham to the New Testament is about 200 years.  And from the beginning of the New Testament to now is about 2000 years.

Archbishop James Usher (1581 to 1656), a great scholar, added all the genealogical chronological records of Scripture and said that he felt that the creation occurred in 4004 B.C.  The world, the universe is about 6000 years old and certainly not millions of years as claimed by secular scientists.

D. Why Did God Create?

The first answer is because He wanted to.  And that’s the best and truest answer. 

And the next question is, why did He want to? He wanted to because He intended to display His glory. Creation gave Him an opportunity to put His glory on display to heavenly angels as well as to mankind who would come to appreciate His great creative power. God desired to do it for the very reason that eternally in His presence He will be praised and glorified for this immense display of creative power, which puts His majesty and His nature on display. 

And within this creation He made man to display something He would have not otherwise be able to display, and that is His grace and His mercy.  And so He did it to put His glory on display, the glory of His creation and the glory of His redemption

“Worthy art Thou, our Lord, and our God, to receive glory and honor and power for Thou didst create all things and because of Thy will they existed and were created.” 
Revelation 4:11

“This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise.”
Isaiah 43: 7, 21

E. New Testament References to the Creation

The New Testament gives an affirmation of six-day creation. First, references to creation and especially the citations of Genesis 1 to 11 point to historical events.  They are no different than the historical death of the Lord Jesus Christ on Golgotha.  As far as the New Testament is concerned, creation ex nihilo (that is, out of nothing) and the creation of Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood, are no legends or parables.  All deal with persons and events of historical and universal significance.

Second, creation is always mentioned as a unique event which took place at a particular moment in past time. Creation took place, it was finished

Third, citations of creation given in Genesis 1 to 3 are considered in the New Testament to be literally true, historical and of surpassing importance. The New Testament doctrine based on these citations would be without any validity and even erroneous if the events of Genesis were not historically true.  For example, consider the entry of sin into the world.  If Adam were not the head of the whole human race, then Jesus Christ, the last Adam, is not the head of the new creation.

“All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made.” 
John 1:3

“Lord, Thou art God which has made heaven and earth and the sea and all that is in them.” 
Acts 4:24

   “That you should turn from these vanities, these idols under the living God who made heaven and earth and the sea and all things that are therein,”
Acts 14:15

            “For the invisible things of Him…that is of God…from the creation of the world are clearly seen.” 
Romans 1:20

“For God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness.” 
2 Corinthians 4:6

     “By Him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, all things were created by Him and for Him.” 
Colossians 1:16

     “And Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth and the heavens are the works of Thine hands,”
Hebrews 1:10

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God.” 
Hebrews 11:3

“He answer, “Have you not read that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female?””
Matthew 19:4

 “God has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth and has determined the times before appointed in the bounds of their habitation.” 
Acts 17:26

“For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man, neither was the man created for the woman but the woman for the man,”
1 Corinthians 11:8 and 9

  “By the Word of God the heavens were of old and the earth standing out of the water and in the water,”
2 Peter 3:5 and 6

 “The mystery which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God who created all things by Jesus Christ.” 
Ephesians 3:9

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power, for Thou hast created all things and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.” 
Revelation 4:11

“And swear by Him that lives forever and ever who created heaven and the things that therein are and the earth and the things that therein are, and the sea and the things that therein are.” 
Revelation 10:6

“Worship Him that made heaven and earth, the sea and the fountains of waters.” 
Revelation 14:7

F. Manner of Creation

1) Parallelism

On day one He created light.  On day four He created the stellar bodies – sun, moon and stars – that become the means by which light is transmitted.  

On day two He created the water below and matching up with that on day five He created the fish for that water.  On day two He also created the heavens above, and on day five He created the birds to fly in that heaven. 

On day three He created the land and the plants and trees, and on day six paralleling that, He created man and land animals, would live on those plants and live on the dry land. 

So there’s a wonderful parallel.  The six days of creation are wonderfully balanced

Day

Activity

Day

Activity

1

Light created; light divided from darkness

4

Luminaries designated to rule times and seasons

2

Heaven divided from waters below

5

Living creatures of the sea and air created and blessed

3

Land appears for vegetation

6

Land animals created and blessed; human life created and blessed and commissioned to have dominion

2) Series of Separation

Day 1

God separated light from darkness

Day 2

God separated heaven or the expanse from earth

Day 3

God separated water on earth from dry land

Before God created life, He has to separate light from darkness, and create the continuum of light and dark in the 24-hour solar day.  On day 2, He has to separate the waters on earth from the expanse/firmament.  Then He has to separate the water from the dry land so there’s a place for the fish in the sea and the land life on dry land.  Thus the universe is made ready for life in the first three days … light from dark, heaven from earth, dry land from water.

G. Trinitarian Nature of God

“Let there be” this phrase was frequently used in the preceding verses before the creation of man.  Instead of “Let there be,”, it says “Let us make man…”. This is a very important difference.  At this point God becomes personal.  Because God is a trinity, when He introduces Himself personally, it is in the plural language.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  
John 1:1-3

“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
Gen 1:2

In John chapter 1, it says that Jesus Christ created, all things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made.  Here in Genesis, it says God created.  Even the Spirit of God is said to hover over the waters of the earth (v2). So the whole trinity is engaged in the Creation.

This is a clear reference to the trinity.  The full clarification of the doctrine of the trinity awaits the New Testament. It’s in the New Testament where we get the full theology.

H. Repeated Phrases

The creation account is peppered with various repeated phrases and each has its own significance. The following are some of the repeated phrases:

  • And God said” This phrase is repeated 8 times in the creation account. God creates literally by speaking things into existence.  In Hebrew fashion, this work of creation is repeated in two different ways to seal the unmistakable clarity of the record.  “And God said”…is a parallel statement; “So God made”…which reinforces what then God said accomplished.  God speaks and creates, one in the same.  This is called fiat creation because the Latin word fiat means let there be.  God speaks it into existence.
  • God saw that it was good” This phrase is repeated 6 times. What does He mean by that?  It’s used in verse 10 after the dry land and the sea were separated, used in verse 12 after the trees and the plants, used again here, it means it was ready for habitation.  It was good.  It was ready for habitation.  It finally got to that point, ready for habitation and that’s why on day five He starts to create swarms of living creatures and birds, sea creatures, and then on the next day animals and man.  Ready for habitation, it was good.  At its culmination when God created man in His image, God saw everything that He had made, and behold it was very good (verse 18).
  • After their kind”  This phrase is repeated 10 times in chapter 1. The Hebrew word for “kind” is “min”.  What it does is indicate the limitations of variation.  A plant can only bring forth something of its own kind.  A tree can only bring forth something of its own kind.  It only has the capacity to function on the basis of the genetic code that is in it.  The Hebrew “kind” corresponds to our word “species”.  It eliminate any possibility of an evolutionary process because whatever the plant is and whatever the tree is, it can only reproduce after its own kind.  To say that all living things come from a common ancestry is refuted by the 10 times repeated phrase “after its kind.”
  • Plants yielding seed”  There are repeated references to this phrase (verses 11, 12 and 29). This is important as it shows us the vegetation was capable of reproduction. God made full-grown, fully-mature vegetation with seed in it that could be dispersed.                 
  • Be fruitful and multiply” is a common Old Testament phrase for reproduction.  In chapter 1 of Genesis verse 28, when God created man, it says God blessed them, that is male and female.  “And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply.'”  That was His command for them to procreate.
  • And it was so.”  When God did it, it was so. That’s an important little phrase, which occurs 4 times (verse 9, 11, 15 and 24), indicates that God’s creation was not just thrown in there to fill space.  It means it was fixed, it was firm, it was permanent and that’s the way it stayed.  When in the very beginning God said “Let there be light,” it doesn’t say “and it was so,” because that light when it was originally created was just light and it wasn’t yet attached to the stellar bodies – the moon, the sun and the stars.  When God first created the earth it was just a mass of elements completely engulfed in water.  God doesn’t say “it was so” because that wasn’t its permanent shape.  But in verse 9 when God began to separate the waters above and the waters below and then the dry land appeared and the earth took its shape with land and water, that was the way it would permanently be. And so it was the same for vegetation, for the moon, the sun, the stars, and the animals.
  • And there was evening and there was morning” The first day He created light and it says there was evening and there was morning, one day.  Just to make sure you don’t miss it, He says it was one day.  This goes on for the rest of the 6 days. And to make sure we know exactly what He means, it was the kind of day that has an evening and a morning.  What kind of day is that?  Well that’s basically what we call a solar day, it’s just a plain normal ordinary every-day day. 

I. Atheistic and Non-biblical Views on God’s Creation

Satan, the archenemy of God, is an incurable liar and a deceiver. The Bible says he’s the father of lies.  Satan hates the truth of God and he dominates the world that he rules with falsehood.  In fact, Romans 1 says that civilization in general has exchanged the truth of God for the lie.  In other words, the world lives under pervasive deception and falsehood.  And Satan’s lies literally pervade all human thought, governing all intellectual work, all philosophy, all sociology, all psychology and everything else.

There are two lies in particular that provide the basic paradigm for modern culture. Lie number one is that life is random.  That is, the way things are is just the way they kind of happened with nobody planning and nobody carrying it off, it just sort of evolved that way.  There is no purpose, no reason to it.  There is no sovereign unfolding plan being carried out by a designing and powerful creator.  Second lie, truth is relative. The Bible is not the Word of God.  The Bible does not give us the truth about right and wrong, life and death, morality and immorality in the past and the future.  There is no authority beyond yourself. 

1) Evolution and its Theory of Chaos

As formulated by Charles Darwin in his Origin of Species, evolution sought to explain the origin of biological species by natural selection rather than by God’s design. That is to say, the process by which plants and animals developed was not governed by any divine intelligence, but rather according to a completely mechanical principle: the survival of the fittest. As the reproductive cycle progresses, taught Darwin, the following generation shows slight variations from the generation preceding. Over a long period of time, after hundreds and thousands of generations, some of these variations become more or less fixed characteristics which are passed on to the descendants. These new characteristics contribute to the formation of varieties or subspecies, and finally to the emergence of new species. Evolution with its theory of chaos and its theory of unintelligent matter existing in random features, organizing itself by chance into highly complex forms and ultimately to the level of human intelligence and personality.

The lie that life is random flies in the face of Genesis chapter 1.  Genesis chapter 1 does away with all evolution, establishing the fact that God is the creator of everything as it is.  And we also by accepting at face value the teaching of Genesis chapter 1 are countering the attack on the Bible as the Word of God.  We believe the Bible is the Word of God no matter what it says, whether it’s talking about history, morality or creation. 

Evolutionists who reject the idea of a creator God, therefore reject the idea of the Bible as an authoritative document written by that creator God.  Across the grain of these two great deceptions, Genesis 1 affirms God as the creator and it affirms that the account of that creation in the Bible is in fact infallible, inerrant and true.  The truly Christian view is that the Bible is the Word of God, God exists and has in Scripture revealed Himself, God is the creator, the moral lawgiver, and the universe around us is the work of His creative hand. The Bible is the revelation of His moral and spiritual law. 

2) God used Evolution after Creating Original Matter

Well people ask…and this is a very popular view today…, “Couldn’t God have used evolution after creating the original matter?  Couldn’t God have used evolution in the sense of theistic evolution?” 

No, God couldn’t have used evolution because evolution is impossible.  Evolution assumes that matter can organize itself upward by itself.  Nothing mutates upward.  In fact, natural selection, which was a phrase that Darwin leaned on, or the process of change or mutation is always downward, never upward. 

   As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed-the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.
Romans 4:17

Romans 4:17 is another testimony.  God who gives life to the dead, calls into being that which does not exist.  Creation is God calling into existence what does not exist.  There’s no room in that for evolution.  Evolution is something appearing that has mutated from something else. 

Verse 4, “God saw that the light was good.”  Now that statement gets repeated in verse 10, verse 12, verse 18, verse 21, verse 25 and verse 31.  Everything that God created was good.  And the end of it, verse 31, He sums it up, “And God saw all that He had made and behold, it was very good.”  Now the works of the creator could only be good.

Everything He made was good. No deformities, no deformities, no mutations, no inferiorities, no natural selection, because there were no unfit animals, it was all good.  Now when God says it was good, that’s a pretty high standard.  God Himself is the original standard of what is good and He said it is good, it is good.  The standard of goodness is not outside of Himself.

3) “What about science?” 

Don’t we have to apply science to the Genesis account to be intellectually honest?  Don’t we have to bring the vast scientific knowledge that we’ve accumulated in the modern world to bear upon the text of Genesis in order that we may have a true understanding of it?” There are a lot of people who believe that. They call themselves Christians who believe that Genesis is an inadequate presentation of what happened and we have to marry it with scientific discovery in order to get to the truth. 

There is no such thing as the science of creation because there is no scientific way to explain creation.  It was not a natural event or a series of natural events.  It was a brief series of monumental super-natural events that cannot be explained by science.  All science is based on observation and no one observed creation.  All science necessitates verification by repetition and creation cannot be repeated, and thus it cannot be verified. 

One can observe the way things are now but that doesn’t tell him anything about how they became what they are. Creation cannot be understood any other way than by believing the revelation of the creator. 

4) Framework Hypothesis

This is the belief that the “days” of creation are not even distinct eras, but overlapping stages of a long evolutionary process. According to this view, the six days described in Genesis 1 do not set forth a chronology of any kind, but rather a metaphorical “framework” by which the creative process is described for our finite human minds.

The framework hypothesis starts with the view that the “days” of creation in Genesis 1 are symbolic expressions that have nothing to do with time. Framework advocates note the obvious parallelism between days one and four (the creation of light and the placing of lights in the firmament), days two and five (the separation of air and water and the creation of fish and birds to inhabit air and water), and days three and six (the emergence of the dry land and the creation of land animals)–and they suggest that such parallelism is a clue that the structure of the chapter is merely poetic. Thus, according to this theory, the sequence of creation may essentially be disregarded.

Naturally, advocates of this view accept the modern scientific theory that the formation of the earth required several billion years. They claim the biblical account is nothing more than a metaphorical framework that should overlay our scientific understanding of creation. The language and details of Genesis 1 are unimportant, they say; the only truth this passage aims to teach us is that the hand of divine Providence guided the evolutionary process.

The Lord make it clear in Genesis that creation took place in six literal days. The days are marked by the passage of morning and evening. The problem with the framework hypothesis is that it employs a destructive method of interpretation. If the plain meaning of Genesis 1 may be written off and the language treated as nothing more than a literary device, where does metaphor ultimately end and history begin?

5) Creation Account is an Allegory, a Myth, or Legend

Some professing Christians deny the simple straightforward unmistakable clear historical account of creation and they reclassify the creation account as allegory, or as myth, or as legend or as a non-literal literary poetic style.

There’s nothing in the text to conclude the creation account is an allegory.  There’s nothing in the text that is in any way poetic in the Hebrew language.  There’s nothing there that sounds like myth or legend. 

Starting in chapter 2 verse 4, as I said, He singles out man and goes back over the creation of man.  And then tells the story of man which flows right to the end of Scripture.  But this is the only eye-witness account of creation, Genesis 1:1 to 2:3.  It is not allegory.  There’s nothing in the Hebrew text or in the English text, for that matter, to indicate that this is a fanciful story, that this is some kind of an allegorical picture.  There’s nothing here to indicate that this is some kind of mystical poetry, that this is some kind of lyrical literary style that is something other than actual history. 

To put it simply, this is purely expressed history from God, written down by Moses.  The creator Himself gave Moses this accurate account of history.  And we accept the Scripture as inspired of God and inerrant and there’s nothing in this text to indicate that it’s anything other than plain history.


J. Why Did God Take 6 Days to Complete His Creation?

Why God took six days, why didn’t He do it in six minutes or six seconds?  People say, “Well what about the word ‘day’, can’t it mean something else?”  In the plain old Hebrew word “yom”, it means day.  It’s used in the Bible to indicate a 24-hour normal solar day or sometimes to refer to the daylight portion of a day.  When “yom” is modified by a number, universally, without exception, in Scripture it refers to a normal solar day. 

6 Days of God's Creation

Well, the answer is He took six days because He wanted to establish a pattern.  In Exodus chapter 20:8 -11, He gives us the pattern. 

“Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy, six days you shall labor, do all your work.  But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.  In it you shall not do any work, you or your son, or your daughter, your male or your female servant, or your cattle, or your sojourner who stays with you.  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.”  
Exodus 20:8 -11

God wanted to establish a pattern for mankind.  And that pattern was, you work six days and you have one day when you set it aside to rest and replenish your body and focus on worshiping God.  Now if in fact it took Him billions of years, then the pattern is ridiculous.  God’s work of creation set the pattern for man who bears His image. Six days you work and one day you worship.

K. Conclusion
 
The Bible is to be taken as seriously in Genesis 1 and 2 as anywhere else.  Any less than a full commitment to the integrity of the truth of Genesis 1 and 2, brings the Scripture into question, brings God’s accuracy and authority into question. 

Christianity does not begin with accepting Jesus Christ as Savior.  It begins with accepting God as creator.  And the real problem of a post-modern world is not that they reject Jesus Christ, it’s that they reject God as creator.  Consequently they don’t even know who Jesus is or how He fits in.  And when man rejects God as creator, it is the cause of all human lostness. On the other hand, when you believe that God is the creator and He created exactly as He revealed in Genesis, that establishes the foundation for all truth, for then God is sovereign and all truth and authority flows down from God about everything.

So we have come then to Genesis 1 with confidence that this is God’s Word, this is the Bible, the Word of God.  And in Genesis 1 we have the only and true record of creation. 

Do you believe that?  It’s God’s Word.

Afternote: Sources: John MacArthur Audio Series on “The Battle for the Beginning”; The Study of Genesis by Allen Ross