Genesis 1: Creation of the First Heaven and Earth

 

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 Commentary
Intro   In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

The subject of this section is introduced: the beginning of the Sky and the Land. What follows are details as to how it happened.
There is no way to insert any kind of gap of time between and because of   "For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day."

Day 1   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.
  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.
Day 1 (Five days before Adam)
v2  The Land, covered by very deep water ("abyss"), was present on Day 1, before anything else that follows, even before light, but also before the Sky and everything in it (atmosphere, Sun, Moon, planets, stars, galaxies, etc.). The Land was without form: (no features: no mountains, no valleys, no geological strata) and void (empty of living things, fossils, bones, artifacts, etc.,).
v3  Next, Light is created.
v4-5  Next, Light (Day) is separated from Darkness (Night) effectively creating the cycle of Day and Night by which time is then measured.
Day 2   And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
  And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
  And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Day 2 (Four days before Adam)
v6  The Sky (the structure into which everything above the Land & Seas is held in place) is created.
v7  The very deep water that once covered the Land is now divided between the portion of water taken up into the structure and the portion of water that remained behind below the structure (Seas). (This explains the origins of the hydrogen atoms and other elements distributed throughout space).
v8  God calls this structure, "Sky" (Greek, "Elevation-Above" or "Heights-Above" or "Beyond-Elevated-Places").
Day 3   And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
  And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
  And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
  And the evening and the morning were the third day.
Day 3 (Three days before Adam)
Day 4   And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
  And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
  And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Day 4 (Two days before Adam)
Day 5   And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
  And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
  And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
  And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Day 5 (One day before Adam)
Day 6   And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
  And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
  Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

Day 6 (The day Adam was created)

Nothing in all of creation (the sky and the land, the universe) is more than a few days older than Adam. Additionally, we have been given an unbroken listing of generations of men between Adam and Jesus Christ in Luke chapter 3.  There simply is no natural way to stretch the genealogical record of Christ out beyond a few thousand years. Therefore, there is no way to reconcile the Bible's account of creation with the fantastically old dates given by faithless men.

Day 7   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.
  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Day 7
God rested from all the work He did in the six days previous.

There is no reconciling the above account with any theory of "millions-or-billions-of-years," (nor even of tens of thousands of years). Such theories have no room for even the order of events outlined above, that is, Big Bang and Evolution theories will never agree with the existence of land covered by water (primordial Earth) before the existence of light, before the existence of sky (atmosphere and space); that the formation of dry land and seas, plants and trees came before the forming of stars and planets, Sun and Moon, etc.  Nor can "million-or-billions" of years, (not even tens of thousands of years), be made to fit into the genealogical table connecting the first man Adam to Jesus Christ, (Luke chapter 3).

"Let God be true and every man a liar" and "What part has a believer with an unbeliever? ... Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord, and I will accept you.  I will be your Father and you will be my son, you will be My People and I will be your God."

Related Scripture   Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
  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.
Sabbath celebrations for thousands of years reaffirm the six days, (evening and morning cycles as men also count days), in which God worked to make "the heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is," and then rested on the seventh day.
Jesus Christ to Adam   And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,
  Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph,
  Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge,
  Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda,
  Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri,
  Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er,
  Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi,
  Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim,
  Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David,
  Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson,
  Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda,
  Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor,
  Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala,
  Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech,
  Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan,
  Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

Seventy-five generations of men between Jesus and Adam.
There is no natural way to stretch this out beyond a few thousand years.

   

Since there is no natural way to fit more than a few thousand years into the seventy-five generations between Adam and Jesus; and since there is no natural way to interpret the six "evenings and mornings" of Genesis 1 to be anything but six "days" of "evenings and mornings" as men have always understood them even until today; and since states that the Earth at that time was "formless and void" (that is, devoid of all geological features and rock strata and empty of all fossils, bones, and artifacts); we must conclude that the Universe, (the Sky and the Land and everything in them), in which Adam and Jesus grew up in, the Universe in which the Bible was written, did not have anything in it more than a few days older than Adam, nothing older than a few thousand years. 

And since there is no natural way to stretch out the time between Jesus and ourselves much beyond two thousand years; we must conclude again that the Universe in which we ourselves have grown up does not have anything in it more that a few days older than Adam, nothing older than a few thousand years, unless ...

So we are left with the conclusion that the Bible is irreconcilable with the dating of anything in the Universe beyond a few thousand years.  According the the Bible, no thing in the Universe can be more than a few days older than Adam.

Q: Who is the liar?
A:  The one that denies that Jesus is the Christ. He is antichrist, the one denying the Father and the Son.

PS
Just as ancient mathematicians (Pythagoras, etc) made a religion around their knowledge of numbers and geometry, many modern scientists go on to to the same thing today: they get so high-minded off of the bit that they know that they go on to make a religion around it that makes authoritative claims about so much more that they do not yet know. For example, modern scientists take so much pride in the accomplishments of applied science (engineering) and then go out and make unprovable proclamations (belief system) about how all things began in the unvisitable past (Big Bang and Evolution mythologies) and then from it calculate out a system of morality for today (gay marriage okay, abortion okay, fornication okay, adultery okay, BIBLE NOT OKAY - because it is a competing system of belief and morality). When scientists do this they abandon the directly observable, testable, verifiable and dabble into the realms of origins mythology (Big Bang, Evolution) and morality, they have wandered off the cultivated field of true science and into the jungle of mysticism, of unverifiable beliefs, beliefs about origins and morality.