Excerpt: Counting the Days

And if you are counting, the creation story consists of six days of indeterminate length. I know, I know! Many “young earth” creationists will be ready to run me out of town for suggesting something foreign to their rigid beliefs. They will quickly and vehemently argue that the six days of creation are six twenty-four-hour days. And, of course, they may have a valid argument. However, let me draw your attention to another interesting verse found in the second chapter of Genesis. There we read, “These are the generations of the heavens 97814497937221.jpgand of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens” (2:4 KJV) And then, following that introduction, the writer continues to give a more picturesque and definitive description of the creation story. As we take a closer look at that introductory verse, I am drawn to the use of the word generations to describe the day when God created the heavens and the earth. To me, the addition of the word generations implies something more than twenty-four-hour days and most likely indicates eras of indefinite duration.

Pursuant to that, allow me to once again paint a mental picture of the creation story. As we all know, Genesis 1:1 states that God created the heavens and the earth. No argument there. Then Genesis 1:2 begins by telling us that “the earth was without form, and void” (KJV).


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