The account of the creation of the heavens and the earth is not a measurement of time, but rather a theological and historical term. It is marking the events that took place during God’s seven day work week. The first three days he transformed the formless, the second three days he populated each realm, and on the seventh day, he rested.
1. How do you view the account of creation in regards to time?
2. When God “created,” was it something that took longer than the twenty-four hours we call a day or was it more like the time-lapsed videos we see of a plant growing from seed?
Challenge: Find some time-lapsed videos of different things developing over a long period of time (plants growing, ice crystals forming, a fire starting from a spark, the rise and fall of the tide, etc.). Reflect on how long each event actually takes, then try to ponder all the time that was needed for creation to take place. The video compressed minutes, hours or even days in each video are merely microseconds in the grand scheme of God’s time spent creating the heavens and the earth.
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