It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 5)

THE FIRST MAJOR QUESTION: What does special and general revelation tell us about the world and death before the Fall?

If we look at the primary creation passage, Genesis 1, we can see several things about God’s creation.

First, the Genesis account gives us the ability to interpret the age of the Earth as being old. The Hebrew word, yom, has four meanings, the last of which is “a long, but finite period of time.” The Genesis creation account focuses on a straightforward chronology of God’s activity in six major creation stages, or “days.”

Second, we have to turn to the words used to describe those creation “days.” Six times in the passage, verses 4, 10, 12, 18, 21, and 25, God’s creative activity is described as “good.”

Finally, at the end of the sixth day, God surveys all He has made in verse 31 and pronounces it “very good.”

Next Week: “Good” and “Very Good.”

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