WHAT IS TIME?
Happy New Year everybody!
This week brings the end of the old year and the beginning of a new one. How time flies! Time...Have you ever really thought about time? What exactly is this thing that pushes onward always leaving a past and marching into the future. Nothing we can do will alter it. I remember when, many years ago, my mother died. I wanted to stop time. But it didn’t happen. I was even a little surprised that the sun came up the next day and birds were singing outside my window.
So when exactly did time begin or has it always been in motion? I am not going to go into a billions of years/evolution debate because I have written many blogs on that already (please type billions of years or evolution into the search bar to get more info in this subject). So we will start with the factual history recorded in the Bible.
Many people argue that time did not begin until day four due to the fact that that is when the sun, moon, and stars where created. However if you study the scripture, there is no place in it where it is stated that time began on day four. Yes, the stars, moon, and sun were not created until day four, but one of the reasons God put them in place was for us to be able to measure time; not to begin time; “ ‘Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth’; and it was so.” (Genesis 1:14-15.
Some scholars believe that because the sun, stars and moon were not there for the first three days that those first three days could be of indeterminate length (such as millions of years). However, God did measure the first three days. Scripture states that God kept time by declaring evening and morning the same as the last three days of creation. And as a refresher, when the Hebrew word “yom” (day) is used with either a portion of the day or a number, it means an ordinary day. For all six creation days, God used portions of the day and a number. So God basically said that the creation days were ordinary, ordinary days.
So it seems then that time was created on day one. The date of creation, and thus time, can be obtained from the events recorded in Genesis 1, and the genealogies documented in Genesis chapters 5 and 11. Even Exodus confirms the creation account. Exodus 20:11 states that the six creation days plus the seventh day of rest comprise one week and is the basis of ourworkweek. Exodus 31:17-18 states that God Himself wrote those words.
So did time exists before Creation Week? What was before Creation Week? The answer is simple. John 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” So if God was there in the beginning of time, then He would have to have been the One to have created time. Before that, all we know that has been recorded in the Bible is that there wasGod.
The very interesting thing about time is, that it (like any of the other natural laws), is under the control of the Lord. Matthew 6:27 states, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” But you know the Lord can! How many, many times has He add hours and years when we have begged for mercy for a loved one. God is good!
How privileged we are that such a powerful, supernatural, Intelligent Designer is also so kind and merciful and just. And that He loved us enough that yet while we make mistakes and do things we shouldn’t do on purpose, He died for us so He could be with us if we would just except the free gift of Jesus.
Until next week, take care and God bless!
This week in the night skies; for the northern lats; “Thursday, January 1, The waxing gibbous Moon shines in or near the Hyades this evening. Late tonight the Moon's invisible dark limb will occult (cover) Delta1 and/or Delta2 Tauri (magnitudes 3.8 and 4.8, respectively) for much of the southern and western U.S. Here is a map with timetables for each star's occultation. Saturday, January 3, Are you tracking Venus and Mercury yet? They're now just 2½° apart, in the afterglow of sunset low in the southwest. Brilliant Venus is on top. They're drawing closer together; they will appear closest, just 0.6° apart, a week from today.”
For the southern hemisphere; “The First Quarter Moon is Tuesday December 29. Venus is low in the evening sky with Mercury below it. Mars is easily visible in the early evening and is visited by the Moon on the 25th. Jupiter is prominent in the morning sky. Saturn rises in the morning sky. Comet C/2102 Q2 Lovejoy is easily visible in binoculars in the early evening is visible to the unaided eye in dark sky sites….If you go out when the sky is dark (a little after 10 pm daylight saving time in most of Australia), and look east you will see the bright star Sirius almost dead ahead of you. This blue white star is the brightest in the sky, and is unmistakeable, off to the left (north) is the distinctive "saucepan" that forms the Belt of Orion the Hunter. Above the Saucepan is a bright blue-white star, Rigel. To the right (south) of Sirus and Rigel is the next brightest star in the sky, yellow Canopus. These stars will be your guide to the comet. If you look up upwards from Sirius, your sight will intersect an imaginary line between Rigel and Canopus. Looking a bit south of this intersection there is a pair of dimmer, but still easy to see, stars. Phract and Wazn are the brightest stars in the constellation of the Dove. Comet Lovejoy forms the apex of a triangle pointing towards Sirius with these stars as the triangles base. To the unaided eye the comet will look like a dim fuzzy dot. In binoculars it is decent sized fuzzy ball, about a quarter the size of the Moon, and a telescope a very obvious fuzzy ball, perhaps with a hint of a tail. You may need to find it in binoculars first before it is apparent to the unaided eye. There is no comparable cluster or nebula in the region to confuse it with.”3