Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the
heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye
him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heaven of
heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name
of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created. – Psalm 148:1-5.
The duty and responsibility of every creature is to worship the Lord of heaven,
for at His command all the hosts of heaven and earth were created. The most
basic principle of the Bible is the fact that Jehovah God has created the
By the pen of the prophet Jeremiah the Lord God of heaven declared, I have
made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great
power and by my outstretched arm, … [Jeremiah 27:5].
Jesus proclaimed God to be the Creator: But from the beginning of creation,
God made them male and female [Mark 10:6].
The early church declared: Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and
earth, and the sea, and all that in them is; … [Acts 4:24].
Ought we not to follow Christ’s example of faith if we claim to be Christians? If
we seek to restore New Testament Christianity and the church of the first
century, can our faith bee any less than their’s?
Each and every Christian ought to proclaim with the psalmist: thou hast
established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to
thine ordinances: for all are thy servants [Psalm 119:90,91].
The Bible begins with the true account of the creation as God delivered it to
Moses. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth
was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And
the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2 KJV)
The Genesis account gives us not the time of creation (and neither can we
find such by genealogies). The phrase “in the beginning” is defined in the
Hebrew: beginning, chief … first phase, step or element in the course of
events [A HEBREW AND ENGLISH LEXICON OF THE OLD TESTAMENT, edited
by Francis Brown, and S.R. Driver, and Charles A. Briggs; p. 912].
God first created the heavens and the earth, and then formed them in the six
days of creation. To set a date for this creation is to speak where the Bible
remains silent, violating the admonition of the apostle Peter (1 Peter 4:11). It is
also contrary to the advice of the apostle Paul to Timothy and Titus (1 Timothy
1:4; 4:7; 6:4; 2 Timothy 2:16,23; Titus 3:9).
The celestial ball we call the earth was without form and void. “Without form”
is defined in the Hebrew: formlessness, confusion, unreality, emptiness …
(primary meaning hard to seize … inane, vacuum, vanum …) 1. Formlessness
… [ibid., p. 1062].
The earth at this time had no similarity to what we know today. It had not a
form we would recognize, but had a cast of unreality, having nothing which
would have significance to us; empty of all formations and life as we know it.
Jeremiah used this same phrase in describing complete cataclysm (Jeremiah
The darkness talked about is a complete absence of light, it’s perfect opposite.
There was no light which touched the poetic face, the surface, of the great
primaeval ocean that covered the entire globe. Solomon speaks of wisdom
being present at this deep (Proverbs 8:27); and, indeed, it was the great
wisdom of God which created all that is, a wisdom that no man can fathom
(Isaiah 55:8-11; 1 Corinthians 1:1-25).
It was upon this vast emptiness that the Spirit of God, the energy of life, the
vital power of creation, floated ever so gently, every so cherishingly over, even
as the mover dove would her eggs, resting upon them to bring forth new life.
For it was, in truth, new life, life for the first time, that God was to bring forth.
Moses sang a song in which he used the same word translated here as
“moved” to show the caring love of an eagle for its young (Deuteronomy 32:
11). It was in such a manner that God moved upon the face of the waters, the
egg from which was to hatch a new world, our world, by the power of the One
True and Almighty God.
In Genesis 1:3-2:3, the account given by Jehovah to Moses states that the
creation took place in six days. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished,
and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he
had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had
made. (Genesis 2:1-2 KJV) In each of these days God created by His spoken
word. 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 KJV) … for he commanded, and they were created.
(Psalms 148:5 KJV)
The question arises from some, How long are the days of Genesis One? Let us
allow the text to answer the question for us. At the end of each day are found
the word “evening,” “morning,” and “day,” describing the period of time
elapsed. The word “evening” is defined in the Hebrew: (sun)set, evening; … 1.
a. evening orig. sunset … [ibid., pp. 787-788]. The word “morning” is defined in
the Hebrew: morning, (… from split, penetrate, as the dawn the darkness, light
through cloud rifts, etc.) … 1. Morning (of point of time, time at which, never
during which, Engl. morning=forenoon): - a. of end of night … d. of beginning
of day ... note also formula … and evening came and then morning … i.e. the
day eneded with evening, and the night with morning; … [ibid., pp. 133-134].
The definition of “day” in the Hebrew is: day, 1. Day, opp. Night … 2. Day as
division of time … d. day as defined by evening and morning … [ibid., p. 398].
And the evening and the morning were the ______ day (1:5,8,13,19,23,31). In
each incident of its appearance, both before the creation of the sun and after
its creation, the phrase is the same. The definitions of the words in the
Hebrew are the same as that of the English words. The evening comes ending
the day; the morning comes ending the night; the period is a day, a twenty-
four hour period.
There is no other conclusion from the text than that in six twenty-four hour
periods Jehovah God created the heavens and the earth. To say that the
“days” of Genesis chapter One refer to any other period of time than twenty-
four hour days is to deny the Word of God.
Some may say that that is fine for days four through six, but there was no sun
to regulate days for days one through three. As we pointed out above, there is
no difference in the language between the statements describing the period of
days four through six, and those statements referring to days one through
three. They are describing the same amount of time.
Also, look at the first day of creation. And God said, Let there be light: and
there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the
light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he
called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. (Genesis 1:3-
5 KJV) God placed into motion the alternation of Day and Night, light and
darkness, on the first day. Therefore, rather than being a difficulty to twenty-
four hour days, it is further support.
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast
created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation
4:11 KJV) Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by
thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
(Jeremiah 32:17 KJV)