Thursday, February 22, 2018

Genesis Post 4 - Sevens, Separation and Light, Day 1, (Chapter 1)

My last post addressed the gap theory which is popular today among some believers.  But today I want to talk more about why I do not subscribe to that theory.

First of all, God demonstrates patterns in scripture, over and over.  One of those patterns is the number seven, which represents completeness.  I have written about the number seven many times.

The first two chapters of Genesis describe how the LORD worked for six days, and then He set the seventh day apart.  The scriptures are filled with this idea of separation, setting apart the holy from the profane (or common).

This seventh day of rest points to the covenant that the LORD would make with the Israelites at Sinai, which included the command to keep the Sabbath holy - set apart from the rest of the week.  And throughout history, it has been said that it wasn't so much that the Jews kept the Sabbath, but that the Sabbath kept the Jews!  It is one of the major things that has set them apart as a people.

And in turn, that seventh day of rest points clearly to Yeshua, our Messiah, who is called our rest.  Psalm 95 speaks of avoiding His wrath and entering His rest.  The writer of Hebrews quotes this psalm in chapters 3 and 4 when speaking of entering His rest.

So what does it mean to enter His rest?

For one thing, it means that He did all the work of redemption for us.  We can rest in His provision.

But there is an interesting pattern in scripture, as well.  The six days of creation are a snapshot of the six thousand years of human history, with the promise of a seventh millennium of rest to come in the Messianic kingdom.  I wrote a post about this pattern once a few years ago, so here is a link to that study if you want to read about it.

Also, we can do biblical math and clearly see that  we can count about 2000 years from Adam to Abraham, about 2000 years from Abraham to Yeshua, and about 2000 years from Yeshua to now.  Knowing that the scripture promises us a one-thousand year reign of peace with Messiah as king, we can apply this pattern and know that His return is very soon!

Continuing with the idea of separation, we see that the very first spoken word of the LORD uses this principle:  Let there be light.

Right away on day 1, God separated the darkness from the light. This is so profound. The sun, moon, and stars were not created until day four. So just like in Revelation 22:5, the LORD Himself is the light:
There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light.

In the first two verses of scripture, we see this progression:
  • Darkness
  • Spirit
  • Light
That's the gospel right there, folks! Darkness and evil, but the Holy Spirit brings light, which is the Messiah. And God saw that the light was good. Yeshua referred to Himself as the light of the world. He then told His followers to reflect that light to the world. Just as the moon has no light of its own but reflects the light of the sun, so too are we to reflect the light of the Son.  Without Him, there is only darkness.

What is light?  Time to venture down my Nemesis Road:  science.

Scientists have tried to figure out what light actually is.  Is it a particle stream?  Or is it a wave?  It has to be one or the other.  Turns out, both are correct according to discoveries in the 1800s, and this is impossible outside of God.   Science cannot sufficiently explain it.  The discoveries led to the introduction of quantum physics in the 20th century, when Max Planck discovered that light exists in little bundles or units.  Only recently has science been able to capture light as both a particle stream and a wave.  This short video simplifies it for people such as myself, who are allergic to science.

Ok, enough science for now.  Suffice it to say that light is complicated and has baffled scientists for centuries.  How could something that complex evolve from nothing?  

Scripture continues:  there was evening, and morning, the first day.  (The first day; it was one day.  Did you catch that?)  The Hebrew words for evening and morning are erev and boker, which originally carried the meanings of disorder and order.  Right away we see Elohim bringing order out of chaos.  

However, back to science for a moment:  the second law of thermodynamics shows us the reverse - closed systems deteriorate and fall into chaos.  (Like my house, if left to itself:  it will become cobwebby, dusty, the plumbing will seize up, the paint will crack, etc.  Maybe I should go pay some attention to it!)

Modern biology is the only one of the modern sciences that ignores this law and tries to explain chaos to order outside of God.  This is completely illogical, unless you are trying to BE God.  I've said it before:  evolution is a secular humanist religion.

Ok, so if I am to get through Genesis before Yeshua's return, I need to advance beyond chapter one.  I hope my next post will do just that.

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