THE EVE OF A NEW DAY
So now we go into the "Eve of a new day
In Genesis we see that the evening always comes first
It is always the Eve before the day
And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
First there was darkness then God said "Let there be Light"
First we are in darkness, then the Light shines into our hearts
First there is evening and then the morning or a new day
And so carrying on with the "heart of the matter"
You know we celebrate Christmas which is the birth of Jesus, but we celebrate it over a holiday period, that is, it is not just one day but a length of days
Jesus's birth as stated was actually somewhere between March and May but as we celebrate the birht of Jesus in December
In the same way the "last supper" was on a "certain day" when Jesus took the bread and the wine with His disciples and now in this "Day" and age we remember this by taking the bread and the wine of communion
And so a "Day" can mean many things and we will be going into this in a bit more detail later
LITERAL DAY OR FIGURATIVE DAY
Well there are some that say the days of creation are figurative and some that say the days of creation are literal but actually they are both right and both wrong
I'm not a theologian nor a bible scholar nor a minister, Im just an ordinary guy (a layman)
But there are things I just do not get and I tend to see through things, now maybe its just me, but I simply cannot see things the way some do
THE DAY OF REST
With one breathe a person might say "Ive given my life to the Lord"
With the same breath they might say " Ahh yesss , but we give one day a week to the Lord "
Now I say "hold on you give one day a week to the Lord ? "
"Yes thats right, we rest on the seventh day becaseu that is the day that the Lord God rested and that was to be an example to us , that we work six days a week and on the seventh day we rest from our labour"
"I say " mmm I see and who told you this ? "
"Well the minister "
You see hold on a minute
The Lord God rested on a literal day and the whole of the universe and creation and everything on the earth stood still for 24 hours while God stopped sustaining all things ?
So like ...God stood still for one day out of the whole of eternity which He has never done before or since and on that one day He stood still ? and He did this so that on one day per week I msut follow that example and go to Church and then rest from my labour and put my feet up ?
So well you see I am yet to find a day when I have been able do do that and also you see I have a problem ?
Now you are saying that I must go back to that literal day in Genesis to rest as God rested and do nothing ?
Answer "Yes you must put a day once a week and give it to God !!"
I say "Hold on don't I give God every day ?
You see I have a problem with seeing this as a literal day !!
And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. 4For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.”c 5And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”
6It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. 7Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”d
8For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his
"And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world."
Hold on !! does'nt it say here that Gods work has been finished since the creation of the world ?
So its finished since that time ? so He rested since ?
Did'nt Jesus say on the Cross "IT IS FINISHED ? "
Today if you hear His voice ....now that can be any day...can't it ?
Tomorrow if I hear His voice
In twenty years time Tomorrow if I hear His voice
Godf speaks to us all ....al the time but its when we hear !!
When we are ready to hear , THEN when we hear when we listen,
we can enter that rest
So how can I enter that rest ?
Do I time travel back to a literal daY ?
No of course not !!
I can enter His rest TODAY
So this day is not so much a literal day but a day of the Lord
I can enter into the Lord Rest today and what happens when I enter the
"Lords rest" ? do I enter the Lords rest on a sunday and then exist on
a monday ?
No of course not , in fact the time when I enter Gods rest is the time when I would want
to meet with His people and spend time with God and to give every day to God knowing that every day is His that He has given me
Now some say "well of course the six days of creation are literal days"
Because it clearly states "there was evening and there was morning after each day of
Ummm hold onnnn
You are basing the literal days on the eve and the morn ?
ok then lets have a look at this
This is based on the fact that the earth by now is revolving around the sun on an axis in an orbit
and that we have the 24 hour clock and that God is also working inside that clock timescale and thatthe sun is rising and setting and the moon is also rising and setting !!
The literal days are based on the sun and the moon and the usual 24 hour timescale ?
Ok so lets look at genesis 3:14
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the
night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and
let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.
16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light
to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky
to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light
from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was
morning—the fourth day.
Now then we have no sun or moon until the fourth day ?
So on the basis of that we cannot possibly have a 24 hour clock
The God who said "Let there be Light " in and on the first day could not have meant "the sun and the moon "
so before the fourth day we have no 24 hour clock do we ?
So the theology that we have literal days of 24 hours per day cannot be right
Unless you see it as God working within mans timescale BEFORE He put that timescale for man in place
On this basis I would conclude that the Days in Genesis are not literal days
even though it states "the evening and the morning ...the first day etc"
This is God working on His footstool in His time
How on earth can God work on a sunset and sunrise basis within mans time before the sun and the moon are craated ? and before man is created ? now I know that God can do all things but
Now if we must insist on a 24 hour timescale for the days of creation we must also consider the fact that although the earth is Gods footstool we are not the center of the universe !
Depending on what planet you are on, depends on what timescale you are considering ! not all planets have a 24 hour clock , different planets have differing time ratios, so would God really be working within an earth clock timescale for all creation ?
Also consider that the light from stars take lightyears to get to earth , even the light from our sun takes time to reach earth, so although it was created on the fourth day after three days of evening and mornings had past, there still would have been a time difference between the sun being created and the suns light reaching the earth
The "Rest" that day when God rested I see as not a "literal day" But as a day at any point in time
The sun and moon were not created until the fourth day and we can indeed enter that rest at any point in time both now or in the future
some may argue that the day that the Lord rested on is a Holy Day" well thats right and that is why we enter that Holy Day, for what is better ? AHoly Day ? or that we are Holy in a Day ?
Which is greater ? the day or God ?
Which is greater ...the day or the person ?
Whom was the day made for ?
next we shall look at the "days" and see how the word 2Day" is used in Genesis meaning both literal and figurative as we look into "The Heart of the Matter" and the heart of God in each day that He gives to us
And so God rested from His labour and made the chosen day Holy and dedicated it
(a) He had "finished" and it was "good" and it was "perfect"..
We've skipped quickly through a "day" study and before we look closer at the "day" and how it
is used we're sliding through the days and time to the future which is now our past
Now briefly lets go through time and to God on the Cross
Here we have the earth growing dark "And darkness was upon the face of the earth"
Here we have God the Father looking down and "brooding over the people"
Here we have chaos as God Himself makes perfect that which is imperfect by nailing sin to a Cross
For a time the earth stood still and here Jesus cried out in a loud voice
"IT IS FINISHED"
Now the Holy Spirit could be sent to comfort those in need , not just to rest upon them and come
and go in their lifes, but to stay and reside in them
Now the work was finished and all that could be done was done
Now the first born of a multitude had ascended to the "highest heavens"
And the "new creation" was complete ,
From now onwards all that came to Him were new creations made Holy by the blood of the Lamb
Now He dedicated the people who came to Him and MADE THEM HOLY
Now they were made perfect in His sight, although it could take years or even a lifetime before
The Chosen ones caught up with whom they actually were in Christ
(a) He had "finished" and it was "good" and it was "perfect"..
John 17:4 I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.
John 4:34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
now the way to the holy of holies was made clear
this is "The heart of the matter - Jesus in us - Now I am a New Creation - I am made Holy yet I am being made Holy - literally and figuratively over a timescale (in His time)until finally I am made perfect even though I am perfect in Him - being made Holy even though I am Holy - this is why He set me apart - so that I might walk in Him "THE DAY"
Now we come to the other uses of the word day
Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Now imagine if you are Adam and Eve here
In this context it would mean that on the "DAY" they ate of the forbidden...they would die
In this , we see that it is a day when they disobey and that would be the day when the curse would take affect
so The day here is the day they are tempted and succumb to the temptation, whether that be "TODAY" or another "DAY"
so the word "DAY" can be anytime in the future
Gen 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
Now here we have the "DAY" as a period of time that is undefined, this period of time could be a million or billion years
The "DAY" is the day that the Lord made the heavens and the earth
Note that the "DAY" is missed out of some translations
The day here signifies the days within a day,
Again we see the use of the word "DAY" to mean something other than a day
Heb 4:3, 4 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.'" And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "And on the seventh day God rested from all his work."
We clearly see and note the evidence that the root of disobedience began at Eden and so to we are born into a world of sin that is fallen and of a fallen nature
So too the result of the fallen world goes on throughout generations and can be said to be a day
For in that day when we choose to go from the darkness to the Light then we go from sin to the Light which is the first day when Light came into the world
And on that "DAY" that goes from generation to generation we can choose to follow the Lord
Therefore the sin and disobedience of a day goes on throughout time
And so to the turning to the "rest" is a day wehen we turn and choose to follow Jesus
So we see that a "day" can be a "Time span" reaching throughout generations