There is symmetry between days 1-3 and days 4-6 of creation week.
Genesis 1:1 is the initialization of space/time and matter. Genesis 1:2 describes the initial state of the cosmos as without form and void. In Hebrew this is tohu va-bohu (תֹ֙הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ). Tohu means “lacking form and purpose, unordered, desolate”, Bohu means “empty, uninhabited, wasteland”. The first 3 Days were the solution to tohu by bringing organization to the unorganized and the 2nd set of 3 days were solution to bohu filling the organized spaces with inhabitants. Continue reading
Did God really make everything in six days? Are the days of creation equal to thousands of years? The Hebrew word for day, is “Yom” (יוֹם), and it consistently means a literal day through the bible, so it never equals anything else. The word “Yom” doesn’t change meaning in Gen 1:14 when the sun, moon, and stars were created on day four. Some believers interpret the days as thousands of years and others even suggest each day is two billion years. They are trying to syncretize the bible with naturalism, which is a secular alternative to creation, that denies God’s creative supernatural ability. Scripture doesn’t fit with the billions of years model. One would have to say the earth took billions of years to rotate back then and then sped up to 24 hours sometime afterward. Is that even compatible with what the biblical authors believed? Continue reading