The Evening And The Morning

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012

The Evening And The Morning

“The Evening And The Morning”

MP3 Version: “The Evening And The Morning

Scripture Text: Genesis 1:5

By Pastor Mike Withem
First Baptist Church
Ranson, West Virginia

Introduction:

A. Thus far in our study of Genesis 1, we have learned several very important things.
1. First of all, as we looked at Gen. 1:1, we learned THREE things about our God.
2. For example, we learned that He is REAL.
3. We also learned that He is ETERNAL.
4. Finally, we learned that He is the CREATOR.

B. We also learned that there is NO GAP between Gen. 1:1 and Gen. 1:2.
1. There are some who believe that Gen. 1:1 refers to the ORIGINAL world that God created, perhaps billions of years ago.
2. They also believe that when Lucifer rebelled against God, the original world that God had created was ruined as a result of His judgement of Lucifer.
3. This, they say, accounts for the fact that in Gen. 1:2, we are told that “the earth was without form and void.”
4. Finally, they believe that the subsequent work of creation that takes place in the remaining verses of Gen. 1 was not the creation of new world, but rather the recreation of a very old world.
5. This is the “Gap Theory” in a nutshell.
6. By the way, there is a reason that they call it the “Gap THEORY,” and that is because there is absolutely NO biblical basis for believing it.
7. Now this raises a question.
8. Why would someone who claims to believe the Bible believe in something that has absolutely no biblical basis?
9. The answer is obvious.
10. They have accepted the evolutionist’s assertion that the earth is billions of years old, and they are trying to somehow fit that belief into the Bible.
11. And so, they insert these billions of years in between Gen. 1:1 and Gen. 1:2.

C. There is one more thing that we’ve learned thus far in our study of Genesis 1, and that is the awesome POWER of God’s Word.
1. This is seen in the fact that God literally SPOKE everything into existence.
2. Notice again Gen. 1:3, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
3. God spoke, and it was so!
4. And that was just the first day of creation.
5. The same thing happened on all the days that followed, God spoke, and it was so.
6. The awesome power of God’s Word!

D. Now this morning, as we continue our study of Genesis 1, there are three more things that I want us to learn. First of all, I want us to learn that…

I. The Days Of Creation Were Literal 24-Hour Days!

A. Now there are those who believe otherwise.
1. There are those who believe that rather than literal 24-hour days, the days of creation are symbolic, and that each day actually represents a “geological age,” consisting of millions, if not billions of years.
2. Now they will tell you that they believe God created the heaven and the earth, however, they also believe that God took millions, if not billions of years to do it.
3. This belief, of course, is like the gap theory (it has absolutely NO biblical basis).
4. In other words, there is NOTHING in the Bible that indicates the six days of creation were anything other than six literal 24-hour days. (It is just the opposite!)

B. For example, let’s consider the Hebrew word that is translated “day” in Genesis 1.
1. It is the word “yom,” which literally means “a day.”
2. Now it is true that this same Hebrew word in a different context can mean something other than a literal 24-hour day, however, the vast majority of times that it is used in the Old Testament, it undoubtedly refers to a literal 24-hour day.

C. This is always the case when it is used in conjunction with the words “evening” or “morning.”
1. For example, outside of Genesis 1, the word “yom” is used with the word “evening” or “morning” a total of 23 times, and in EVERY instance, it clearly refers to a literal 24-hour day.
2. The same thing is true when the word “yom” is used in conjunction with a NUMBER.
3. In Gen. 1:5, we find the expression, “the first day.”
4. In Gen. 1:8, we find the expression, “the second day.”
5. In Gen. 1:13, we find the expression, “the third day.”
6. In Gen. 1:19, we find the expression, “the fourth day.”
7. In Gen. 1:23, we find the expression, “the fifth day.”
8. In Gen. 1:31, we find the expression, “the sixth day.”
9. Now here’s the thing, outside of Genesis 1, you find the word “yom” used with a number 359 times, and in EVERY instance, it clearly refers to a literal 24-hour day.
10. Now you’ve got to ask yourself a question, if EVERY time the word “yom” is found outside of Genesis 1, either in conjunction with the words “evening” or “morning,” or in conjunction with a number, it clearly refers to a literal 24-hour day, WHY would it be any different in Genesis 1? (It wouldn’t be!)

D. You have probably heard 2 Pet. 3:8 used as an argument in favor of the “Day Age” theory.
1. It says, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Pet. 3:8)
2. Let me say, first and foremost, this passage has absolutely no creation context (it is clearly NOT referring to Genesis or the six days of creation).
3. The context is the end time and the second coming of Christ.
4. What Peter is saying here is that with God, time is irrelevant.
5. A thousand years to us is NOTHING to God.
6. Why? Because He is eternal (from everlasting to everlasting).
7. And besides, even if you took this verse literally and applied it to the six days of creation, you would still be talking about thousands of years and NOT millions or billions of years!

E. Now this raises a question, “Suppose we accept the fact that God created the heaven and the earth in six literal 24-hour days, why did He take so long?”
1. Could He not have done it in ONE DAY?
2. Better yet, could He not have done it in an INSTANT?
3. The answer, of course, is “YES, He could have!”
4. Why then did He take six days???
5. The answer is found in Exo. 20:11, which says, “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
6. According to this verse, God deliberately took six days and rested on the seventh as a pattern for man.
7. Think about it, this is where the SEVEN-DAY WEEK comes from.
8. The seven-day week has NO basis for existing apart from the Scriptures.

F. And so, clearly, the days of creation were literal 24-hour days!

G. Now, if this is true (and it is) then it is also true that contrary to popular opinion,…

II. The Earth Is Young, And Not Old.

A. How young is the earth?
1. According the genealogies of the Bible, which are very detailed, the earth is somewhere in the neighborhood of 6,000 years old.
2. But someone says, “Wait a minute. Couldn’t there be “gaps” in the genealogies, a few instances where the word “begat” skipped a generation or two?”
3. I suppose that could be true, but even so, we are still talking about a few thousand years, and not millions or billions of years.

B. But someone asks, “If the earth is only a few thousand years old, how do you account for the many rock layers of the earth, as well as the fossils that are being found many layers below the surface of the earth?
1. Evolutionists would have us to believe that these layers were laid down by slow and gradual processes over very long periods of time (billions of years).
2. We, on the other hand, know better.
3. We know that they are the result of a world-wide catastrophic FLOOD that covered the entire earth during the days of Noah.
4. This flood, no doubt, could account for exactly the kind of complex geological record that we find today; thousands of feet of sediments, deposited by water and later hardened into rock, containing billions of fossils.
5. By the way, it interesting that geologists and others who believe in an old earth (billions of years old) do not believe in Noah’s flood. (I wonder why???)
C. Did you know that Jesus believed in a young earth?
1. In all of his teaching, Jesus consistently treated the miracles recorded in the Old Testament as straight-forward, truthful, historical accounts, including the creation.
2. He continually affirmed the authority of Scripture men’s ideas and traditions.
3. In Mark 10:6, we have the clearest statement showing that Jesus believed in a young earth.
4. Notice what He said, “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.” (Mark 10:6)
5. Now if the days of creation actually represent millions, if not billions of years, and if man was created on the six day, then this would put the creation of man millions, if not billions of years AFTER the beginning, not AT the beginning.
6. And so, Jesus Himself was a young earth creationist.

D. And so, if you accept the fact that six days of creation were six literal 24-hour days, then you must also accept the fact that the earth is young and not old. Now, last of all, may I say that…

III. To Reject These Truths Is To Reject The Entire Word Of God.

A. But someone says, “Wait a minute. I don’t have a problem with ALL of the Bible, I just have a problem with the Book of Genesis.”

B. Listen to me very carefully, this morning.
1. You cannot separate the book of Genesis from the rest of God’s Word.
2. To doubt Genesis is to doubt the entire Bible.
3. To discredit Genesis is to reject the entire Bible.
4. To reject the literal interpretation of Genesis is to reject the entire Bible. (Cannot separate the two!)

C. I want you to notice something else that Jesus said in John 5:45-47.
1. Jesus is in the temple speaking to a Jewish audience.
2. By the way, there was no one whom the Jews revered more than Moses.
3. Notice what Jesus said to them, “Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.” (John 5:45-46)
4. But Jesus didn’t stop there, he went on to say this, “But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” (John 5:47)
5. Let me ask you something, “Whom did God use to write (give us) the book of Genesis?”
6. The answer, of course, is “Moses.”
7. Now notice again what Jesus said, “But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?”
8. In other words, “If you don’t believe the Book of Genesis, how can you believe the rest of God’s Word?”
9. The answer is, “You can’t!”

D. That’s how important the Book of Genesis is.
1. It is foundational!
2. So much so, that I will say this, “If you don’t believe that God created the heaven and earth in six literal 24-hour days, then you don’t believe the Bible!
3. Those who believe in millions of years, whether they realize it or not, have made a conscience decision to reject what God says, and instead believe what man says.
4. I think Rom. 3:4 is appropriate here, “…let God be true, but every man a liar;”
5. Those who believe in millions of years would say it like this, “Let man be true, but God a liar.”

Conclusion:

A. What have we learned, this morning?
1. The days of creation were LITERAL 24-hour days.
2. The earth is YOUNG, not old.
3. To reject these truths is to reject the ENTIRE Word of God.

B. Where do you stand, this morning?
1. Do you stand on the words of men, or the Word of God?
2. Do you stand on the concept of millions of years, or do you stand on the Word of God?
3. Do you stand on the premise that the earth is old, or do you stand on the Word of God?
4. There is NO middle ground, here!
5. It’s one or the other!

C. But someone says, “Pastor, if I stand on the Word of God, if I stand up in my science class at school and say that I believe in six literal 24-hour days and that I believe the earth is thousands of years old rather than billions of years old, I am going to get laughed right out of class!”
1. That’s probably true.
2. However, don’t forget that they laughed at Jesus too!
3. I would say that put’s you in pretty GOOD company!!!

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