How to Approach the Issue of Genesis 1-2 (Part 2)
Now we must approach the discussion of why some many in the evangelical community today seek to interpret the Genesis creation account in a manner other than an affirmation of the literal reading of the text. This has long puzzled me as I have sought to understand why there is so much debate over this aspect of Scripture when other seemingly even more miraculous events in the Bible are not debated at all as to their historicity. One individual, who will remain nameless, alluded to me recently in a discussion on this very topic and I quote:
“There is an easy answer to this question. The Bible explicitly tells us that Jesus was born of a virgin. It explicitly tells us that He was raised from the dead. It explicitly tells us that God performed supernatural feats. The Bible DOES NOT explicitly say that He created the world in six 24-hour days. Instead, it is only a particular INTERPRETATION that says the days were 24-hour days. It is an interpretation I agree with, but it is an interpretation nevertheless. The OECs have a different interpretation, and they can muster some legitimate arguments for their interpretation. This is why the church has never been unified on the creation account – specifically because the Bible is not clear on the matter.”
Really? The Bible is not clear on the matter? Is this just really a matter of two different yet equal scriptural interpretations? That seems rather odd since the Genesis account is written in such a manner as to be nothing but clear. This urged me to do further analysis of what Scripture says outside of the Genesis creation account in relation to a 6 day creation. A quick use of the great website tool www.biblos.com was very revealing. A number of verses either outright mention or clearly allude to a 6 day creative effort by God. Even more interesting is a number of these verses connect God’s rest after his creation with the Sabbath rest commanded by God in Exodus 20. Below are a list of relevant verses I discovered.
Exodus 20:11 – “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
Exodus 37:17 – “It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he abstained from work and rested.”
Hebrews 4:4 – “For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.”
These three verses clearly link a 6 day creation to the Sabbath. I wonder if the Israelites when they heard the word of the Lord and passed it down to their progeny understood God to have created the universe in 6 days. Of course we can merely speculate on that to some degree; however, when we look at how the Sabbath day of rest, something which they faithfully followed, is connected to a 6 day creation, one must wonder. The Bible seems to clearly establish not just the need for the Sabbath but support for a literal 6 day creation week which concluded with God resting from his work. Continue reading “Michael Boling – How to Approach the Issue of Genesis 1-2 (Part 2)”