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GENESIS CREATION DAY SEVEN

Oct
13

“Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” (Genesis 2:1-3).

On the Seventh Day, God concluded His work on creation; and He RESTED, not because God was tired, but because the seventh day of the creation week was a type of the Sabbath. This appears to reflect Exodus 20:11 when Moses wrote that “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.” According to the paleo-Hebrew in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Greek Septuagint version of the Holy Bible, this passage says that God CEASE from working (Genesis 2:1-2 NKJV and LXX), which indicates that God was never tired, but that God only stopped working on the seventh day. In other words, this day reveals that God is establishing a pattern of one day in the seven day week for humankind to rest, to reflect, to worship, and to enjoy life. The keeping of this day will eventually be a distinguishing trait of God’s chosen people (Exodus 20:8-11).

THE NUMBER SEVEN

The seventh day shows the significance of the number seven. The first use of the number 7 in the Bible relates to the creation week in Genesis 1 and 2. God spends six days creating the heavens and the earth, and then rests on the seventh day. This is our template for the seven day week, observed around the world to this day. The seventh day was to be “set apart” for Israel and the Sabbath was a holy day of rest (Deuteronomy 5:12 NKJV). Thus, right at the start of the Bible, the number 7 is identified with something being “finished” or “complete.” From then on, that association continues, as 7 is often found in contexts involving completeness or divine perfection. So we see the command for animals to be at least seven days old before being used for sacrifice (Exodus 22:30), the command for leprous Naaman to bathe in the Jordan River seven times to effect complete cleansing (2 Kings 5:10), and the command for Joshua to march around Jericho for seven days (and on the seventh day to make seven circuits) and for seven priests blow seven trumpets outside the city walls (Joshua 6:3–4). In these instances, 7 signifies a completion of some kind: a divine mandate is fulfilled.

THERMODYNAMICS AND ENTROPY

The seven day appears to harmonize with the second law of thermodynamics which states that, in all expenditures of energy, some is irretrievably lost. It is not destroyed, but becomes unavailable for future use. Another way of stating it is that the randomness of the universe is always increasing. This can be interpreted to mean that the universe is gradually running down, becoming more and more disorderly and random. Hence, the universe was originally set in order, but has been in a state of gradual decay since then. This contrasts with Darwinism which says that the process of forming new kinds of living things continued on for millions and billions of years. Logically it should still be going on today, if evolutionism is true. But, today there is no scientific evidence for the evolution of new biological life forms.

When God stop working on the Seven Day, then entropy began its flight around the universe. Entropy is a measure of a system’s energy that is unavailable for work, or of the degree of a system’s disorder. In other nontechnical words, entropy is regarded as a measure of the chaos or randomness of a system. While entropy and thermodynamics were held in check during the creation week, the real process of “running down” would have begun sometime after the occurrence of sin recorded in Genesis chapter three. Before sin, all would have been sustained by God’s power. Nevertheless, there has been no new building up or creating since the six days ended. The point is that the Bible record of creation and the fall of humanity perfectly concur with creation science, while Darwinism does not.

CREATION SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS

The seventh creation day strongly affirms the idea of God’s “rest” being a cessation of work, not a reinvigoration after work. The narrative tells us which things God created in each of the first six days. His power is displayed through the creation of light, mountains, seas, the sun, moon and stars, plant and animal life, and, finally, humanity. There are many parallels between the first three days of creation and the second three days. However, the seventh day is a sharp contrast. Instead of more creating, there is SHABAT. Instead of God “doing” more, He “ceased” from doing. God did not merely “rest” on the seventh day; He “stopped creating.” It was a purposeful stop. Everything He desired to create had been made. He looked at His creat

ion, declared it “very good” (Genesis 1:31 NKJV), and ceased from His activity. In the Jewish tradition, the concept of SHABAT has been carried over as the “Sabbath.” The Law of Moses taught there was to be no work at all on the seventh day (Saturday). Because God ceased from work that day, the Israelites were to cease from their work on the Sabbath. Thus, the days of creation are the basis of our universal observance of a seven day week.

CREATION SCIENCE SOURCES

Creation; Dr. Grant R. Jeffrey; 2003. Genesis One; Dr. Gerald Schroeder With Zola Levitt; 1998. Genesis and The Big Bang; Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.;1992. Starlight and Time; D. Russell Humphreys, Ph.D.; 1990. Rethinking Genesis; Duane Garrett; 2000. The English Septuagint Version, Sir Lancelot C. L. Brenton; 1851. The New King James Version; Thomas Nelson; 1982. The Signature of God; Grant R. Jeffrey; 2010. Three Views on Creation and Evolution; J.P. Morland & John Mark Reynolds; 1999. Unveiling Mysteries of the Bible; Grant. R. Jeffrey; 2002. The Genesis Account of Creation; Lee Warren, B.A., D.D.; 1997. Creation Revealed in Six Days; P.J. Wiseman; 1946.Quantum Faith; Annette Capps; 2007.

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