The Length of a Day in Genesis 1 is Defined Within the Text


The actual length of the days in Genesis 1 has caused much controversy over past decades to the present day. The inception of modern secular science has fueled the debate with the invention of evolutionary theory – or all life on earth developing from a single organism – which by definition is claimed to have taken millions if not billions of years. It is right to accept the verses in Genesis 1 at face value. Although helpful, there’s no primary reason to examine the Hebrew meaning of the word “day” as used in Genesis 1 because the length of a day is defined within the text of the Creation account. The Genesis 1 text itself defines what a day is for us 6 times. Here’s one example:

God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

[Gen 1:5 NASB]

The remaining verses are as follows: Genesis 1:8, 1:13, 1:19, 1:23, 1:31

The length of a day is set by the spinning of the earth on its axis. This explains why God says there are days before He created the sun and the moon. The sun and the moon were created to govern what was already in existence – time. Let’s look at the text:

Gen 1:14-19 NASB 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; [15] and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. [16] God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. [17] God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, [18] and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. [19] There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

TH!NK: What better proof of a literal 7, 24-hour per day Creation Week than our present 7, 24-hr per day week in which we currently live?

Categories: Apologetics & Philosophy, Creation, Evolution or Both?Tags: , , , , ,

2 comments

  1. It does no matter what the Bible says to the evolutionist. They have made up thier mind and will go to any length to satisfy their theory. I said satisfy, not prove.There is no fossil record for evolution, yet they insist there is. They deny the know falsities and even fraud of the fossil records of years past. We are the fool and they are the inteligencia (in their little minds). Clearly God has confounded the wise…good post

    • yes. i’m reminded of what Stephen J. Gould, Harvard professor and devout evolutionist, said once:

      “And humans evolved from ape-like ancestors whether they did so by Darwin’s proposed mechanism or by some other yet to be discovered.”

      what is being admitted here is unmitigated belief in evolving and willingness to accept any mechanism so long as it can be pointed to an evolution theory. this the beginning of confirmation bias. being unsure of the mechanism but still promoting the end result is having a blind faith in evolution.

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