14 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament (the space between the earth's surface and the clouds) of the heavens (the earth's atmosphere) to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;
15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. 16 Then God made (asah) two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
At the beginning of Day Four, God said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven'. Therefore, we can certainly conclude that by the end of Day Three the firmament of the heaven (the space between the earth's surface and the clouds) was completely darkened by the dense clouds formed on Day Two. These clouds blocked out all light - sunlight, moonlight and starlight - from reaching the firmament and the earth's surface. Therefore, on Day Four God thinned and dispersed these dense dark clouds so that sunlight, moonlight and starlight could shine through the firmament onto the earth's surface.
Therefore, from an earthly perspective, the sun, the moon and the stars were made (asah) on Day Four 'for signs and seasons, and for days and years' for the benefit of mankind. Notice that verse 17 above, does not say that God created these lights on Day Four, but that He set these lights in the firmament, meaning that He made them appear in the firmament.
We know from the very first verse of the Bible, Genesis 1:1, that these lights were created in the beginning and not on Day Four.
Day Five (Genesis 1:20-23) - God creates sea life and bird life.
Day Six (Genesis 1:24-31) - God creates animal life and human life on land. The pinnacle of God's creation was the creation of man in God's own image. The Important Difference in the Hebrew Words Bara and Asah Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created (bara) the heavens and the earth.
The inspired Hebrew word for create in Genesis 1:1 is bara, when God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning. However, the inspired Hebrew word for make in Genesis 1:16 is asah, when God made the sun, the moon and the stars to be set in the firmament, on Day Four of the six-day creation week. These two accounts are not contradictory as they refer to two different situations. The first account of creation in Genesis 1:1 relates to the beginning of time, many millions of years ago at the start of the Pre-Adamic Age, when God instantaneously created the heavens and the earth. The second account of making the sun, the moon and the stars in Genesis 1:16 relates to the appearance from an earthly perspective of the sun, the moon and the stars in the sky on Day Four approximately six thousand years ago, at the start of the Adamic Age.
The single most important 'proof text' used by Young Earth Creationists is Exodus 20:11. Let us examine this verse in detail, and show you that it is also misunderstood and mistranslated by Young Earth Creationists.
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