Hello everyone! My daughter and her fiancé had a most wonderful wedding, all the preparations came into place and everything went well. A long time ago, Some One else made much preparations which allowed everything to come into place. Let us continue exploring the Gap Theory:
What exactly do the Hebrew words translated in Genesis 1:1-2 mean and how do they fit in with the Gap Theory?
Fascinating enough, thousands of years ago, God has taken care of the idea of a gap theory. He made it abundantly clear in the original Hebrew language, what He wanted us to know:
Let’s start with the word ‘day’. The word for day used in Genesis is the Hebrew word yom. And in Hebrew, when the word yom is used with a number or a reference to a part of the day (i.e. morning, afternoon, night, etc.), it always means an ordinary day. The six days of creation have been recorded not only with a number (the first day, etc) but also with references to parts of the day (morning, evening, night, day). So it seems God was not just telling us these were ordinary days, but that they were ordinary, ordinary days.
Now, let’s us define ordinary. Can you imagine if for some unusual reason the sun set an hour late. Think of all the news hype and end of the world predictions. Even if it was 15, or even 5 minutes late in setting, it would make the news and puzzle the scientists. No one would call it an ordinary day. So, how can millions and billions of years in between two days be called ordinary? God is telling us each day of the creation week was a literal, 24 hour day.
Another word gap-theorists tend to get stuck on is found in Genesis 1:28. It is the word replenish. If we did not know the Hebrew meaning of this word, it would seem that the earth must have already been filled with life in order for it to be replenished. However, in Hebrew, the word replenish means ‘be filled’, ‘fulfill’ or simply ‘fill’. And if we dig a little deeper, back in 1611 when the KJV of the bible was printed, the word ‘replenish’ meant ‘fill’. Replenish meant ‘fill’ and not ‘refill’ from the 13th to the 17th centuries. It is important to understand words in the context in which they were written.
The last thing to consider is how God described His creations. He repeatedly stated they were good. And at the end of his creating, He said it was ‘very good’. God would be a lunatic or a liar if He called millions of years of death, disease and destruction very good!
So you see, God created the universe in six ordinary days and all was very good until the fall of man. It is impossible to argue with God!
Until next week!
God Bless and Merry Christmas!