hated Jesus too, for just telling them the truth. Let’s continue.
“Evening and Morning” imply that we calculate our days using darkness and light as our markers. This doesn’t mean that the periods of time are the same for mankind as they are for God. So this could mean a literal 24 hour day or it can mean an unknowable amount of time.
Without direction from the Prophets, this is something we have to decide as individuals what makes more sense.
This is an extremely
controversial debate among Christians.
As we go through the 6 YOMS
of Creation, we learn that God created mankind, both male and female.
“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.
He then gave them a Hunter Gatherer diet, or a Paleolithic diet, telling them to eat berries, herbs, and meat — JUST LIKE PREHISTORIC CAVEMEN.
Genesis 1: 29-31
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 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 YOM.
He commanded them to have children, and multiply, which marked the end of the Sixth YOM
, or period of time. After God had commanded the men and women to do all this, God rested from creating and this marks the seventh YOM
Genesis 2: 2-3
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.
Now, Adam is created in Chapter 2
and because the word ADAM and the word MAN are the same word in Hebrew, the translators can translate the story in different ways.
“And ADAM gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for ADAM there was not found an help meet for him.”
àÈãÈí ʼÂdâm, aw-dawm'; the same as H120; Adam the name of the first man, also of a place in Palestine:—Adam.
And because the word EARTH is from the Hebrew ERETS we have no idea what the Bible is talking about when it says EARTH. It could mean land, country, earth, field, ground, region, nation, wilderness, world.
“common, country, earth, field, ground, land, nations, way,
From an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land) -- X common, country, earth, field, ground, land, X natins, way, + wilderness, world.”
As we learned in Genesis 1, God had already created men and women, gave them a specific diet, told them to have children, and to subdue the Earth
later, an unknowable amount of time later, we have God forming
Adam and placing him in a Garden where he learned farming, animal husbandry, how to name things, etc. He walked with God, learning directly from him.
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
“And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every foul of the air, and brought them unto Adam to see what we would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
He was given the First Law and the First dietary restriction:
But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eateth thereof thou shalt surely die.”
not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The men and women created in Genesis 1 were never
given this law or restriction.
We all know that Adam was given a woman whom God created from his own DNA (Geneses 2:22 -23). After they ate from the tree and broke the First Law, they were banished from the Garden (Genesis 3:22-23) and the presence of God. They were no longer perfect and their eyes had been opened to the knowledge of good and evil.
It is interesting that the story ends with swords of fire, suggesting that Adam and Eve must have had some kind of understanding of fire. (Genesis 3:24)
Now, when we look to genetic science, we find something very interesting and unique when it comes to the blue eyed gene.
All blue eyed people, and people that carry the blue eye recessive gene, are related to a single European person
, who came into existence between 6,000 - 10,000 years ago.
We also see the spike of knowledge and development in the region known as the cradle of civilization, exactly where the Bible places Adam and Eve.
So while this seems like it might be written for sixth graders, or a story riddled with allegory, there are some obvious truths in the Bible that match with our secular history.