Editors Picks

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The day of Creation

Louis Berkhof mengatakan, "a. The days of creation. The question is frequently debated, whether the days of creation were ordinary days or not. Geologist and evolutionists speak of them as long periods of time. Now the word 'day' does not always denote a period of twenty-four hours in Scripture. Cf. Gen. 1:5; 2:4; Ps. 50:16; Eccl. 7:14; Zech. 4:10. Yet the literal interpretation of the word 'day' in the narrative of creation is favored by the following considerations:
(a) The Hebrew word yom (day) primarily denotes an ordinary day, and should be so understood unless the context demands another interpretation. (b) The repeated mention of morning and evening favors this interpretation. (c) It was evidently an ordinary day which Jehovah set aside and hallowed as a day of rest. (d) In Ex. 20:9-11 Israel is commanded to labor six days and to rest on the seventh, because the Jehovah made heaven and earth in six days and rested on the seventh day. (e) The last three days were evidently ordinary days, for they were determined by the earth's relation to the sun. And if they were ordinary days, why not the others?"
Quoted from Summary of Christian Doctrine, Chapter IX: Creation, by Louis Berkhof.

No comments:

Post a Comment