Exodus 2011

For in six days the LORD made (asah) the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

God is consistent. In this verse, we see that the inspired Hebrew word used is asah and not bara to refer to the making of and not the creation of the heavens and the earth in six days.

The Hebrew word bara occurs 54 times in the Old Testament. However, despite what Young Earth Creationists say, bara and asah are not used interchangeably in the Bible with respect to the heavens and the earth. The creation (bara) of the heavens and the earth always means the instantaneous creation of them, which God carried out at His command in the beginning, before time began, many millions of years ago. The making (asah) of the heavens and the earth always means the renewal, which God carried out over a period of six 24-hour days, approximately six thousand years ago at the start of the Adamic Age.

Please note we are not saying that the words bara and asah are not used interchangeably with regard to the creation of life in the six day creation account. The Bible is clear that God is both our Creator and our Maker. However, the Bible makes a clear distinction when using the Hebrew words bara and asah with respect to the heavens and the earth. The account of God creating (bara) the heavens and the earth in the beginning should not be confused with the account of God making (asah) the heavens and the earth in six days. We shall now prove this point by using relevant scriptures.

There are only five places in the Bible where the context clearly shows that bara is specifically used to denote the instantaneous creation of the heavens and the earth in the beginning. These five places are Genesis 1:1, Genesis 2:3-4, Psalm 148:5, Isaiah 42:5 and Isaiah 45:18. We have already looked at Genesis 1:1, and Psalm 148:5. Let us now also look at Genesis 2:3-4.

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