Science and Scripture

In The Beginning 2

Isaiah 46:9-10 –  “For I am Yahweh, and there is no other; I am Yahweh, and there is no one like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all my good pleasure’.

Last week we took a look at Genesis 1:1 and the question: Is the earth only six thousand years old, as set forth by the “Young Earth Creationists”, or is it millions, or even billions of years old as proposed by the “Old Earth Theorists?  Yahweh, Yeshua, and the Ruach Ha’Kodesh have a plan, a purpose to be accomplished (Isaiah 46:10).  That purpose is to take a wife, build a house, bring together a family, and make it possible for that family to live together despite their failings and sins through the sacrifice of Yeshua on the cross, and ultimately to live with that family throughout eternity.  Today we look at the daily activities:

The Plan
Luke 14:28  – “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?

The plan is to build a house.  Everyone who is going to  build a house makes a plan which reads somewhat as follows:
• Day 1: gather the supplies, prepare the land
• Day 2: set the foundation
• Day 3: put up the walls, bring in the landscaping
• Day 4: put on the roof
• Day 5: install the electric, plumbing, heating
• Day 6: paint the house, bring in the furniture, hang the pictures, move in
• Day 7: rest and enjoy the new home

The plan is formed, now the building starts.  With enough people gathered, a house can literally be raised in seven days, just as the plan demands, but if one has been around construction sites long enough one has seen that a home rarely gets finished that quickly.  Can Genesis 1:3 thru Genesis 2:2 really be Elohim’s construction plan for the universe?  I think it can.  Let’s examine this possibility:

Day One
Genesis 1:2-5 – “The earth was void and unformed.  Then Elohim said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light . . . day one.”
Day 1: Gather The Supplies, Prepare The Land.  The earth at this point is void and unformed.  Exactly as the plot of land upon which one wants to build one’s house.  The ground must be surveyed, the location of where the building will sit determined, and the ground graded.

Day Two
Genesis 1:6-8 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ . . . day two.”
Day 2: Set The Foundation.  The first thing to be built on a house is the foundation.  The forms have to be set and the concrete poured.  Here we see Elohim setting the foundation upon which all else will be built.

Day Three
Genesis 1:9-13 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear.  Let the plants, trees, and vegetation grow’ and it was so. . . . day three.”
Day 3: Put Up The Walls, Bring In The Landscaping.  Hmmm . . . Is Elohim following our plan, or are we just mimicking his plan?  Is this not the day when we put up the walls and bring in the trees, grass, flowers, etc?

Day Four
Genesis 1:14-19 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years’ . . . day four.”
Day 4: Put On The Roof.  This is the day that the roof  is “put on” over the earth.  The sun, moon, and stars are all put in place to give us a canopy wondrous to look at.

Day Five
Genesis 1:20-23 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the sky’ . . . day five.”
Day 5: Install The Electric, Plumbing, Heating.  Today Elohim stocks the earth with all the “helpers” Adam will need, or simply enjoy.  Try enjoying a house with no electricity, plumbing, or heating!

Day Six
Genesis 1:24-31 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind’ and let us make man in our image, and let them eat ’. . . . day six.”
Day 6: Paint The House, Bring In The Furniture, Hang The Pictures, Move In.  The house is basically finished at this point, and it’s time to decorate the walls, bring in the cat and dog, the children, and prepare the first meal.  Isn’t this exactly what we see Elohim accomplishing?

Day Seven
Genesis 2:1-3 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let’s rest.  Today is a day of blessing, set apart for us to enjoy together’. . . . day seven.”
Day 7: Rest And Enjoy The New Home.  On the seventh day, Elohim rested from his labors and began to enjoy what he had built.  The seventh day he set apart to spend with his creation, just as we do after we have moved in – take a day off from our labors to sit back, watch the TV, play with the spouse and children, pet the dog, and wonder if kitty will come, sit in our lap, and purr in contentment.

Psalm 121:4 – “Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”

Are Yahweh, Yeshua, and the Ruach Ha’Kodesh capable of building a house (or the universe) in a literal seven days?  Elohim builds merely by speaking, and never sleeps. How easily could you build a house if you didn’t have to sleep and could just keep talking for six days straight – for 144 hours straight? With enough people gathered, a house can literally be raised in seven days, just as the plan demands, but rarely is.

That being said, however, once again, we see that the plan is not at all about timelines or the age of the earth.  The plan is about building a house, bringing in the family, and enjoying what has been built.  Can Genesis 1:3 thru Genesis 2:2 really be as simple as a daily building plan, not a record of time spent?  I think it can, I beleive it is.

Final Thought
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets.  Today we are one day closer to the return of Yeshua than we were yesterday and tomorrow we will be even one day closer.  For almost two thousand years the Jews would proclaim “Next year in Jerusalem!”  I now proclaim “Next Yom Teruah in the clouds!”  Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.