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Today's Creation Moment

Not So Bird-Brained
Genesis 1:21
"And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his...
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You say that when "yom" appears with a number attached to it it always means a literal 24-hour day. There appear to be at least two counterexamples to this.

Hosea 6:2 says, "He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day That we may live before Him" (NASB). This promise of revival does not at all seem to be based on 48 hours. The only defense of a 24-hour day that I have seen is in "Refuting Compromise" by Jonathan Sarfati. He basically says that this kind of non-literalism is common in the Bible and he gives it a name. He seems to think that this confirms literalism here. I don't understand his argument at all--and I admit that I have not looked exhaustively for other commentary on this issue.

On the other hand, I have looked for commentary on Zechariah 14:7: "But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light" (KJV). This seems to clearly be an extended, non-24-hour day. I checked every commentary on Zechariah in a seminary (where every professor I knew was a young-earth creationist). Half the commentaries ignored the length of this day, and the other half all stated that the day is much longer than 24 hours. Again, the only 24-hour commentary on this verse that I have seen is in "Refuting Compromise," and Sarfati's argument is even more incomprehensible here.

My young-earth-creationist pastor made the same claim this article makes. When I showed him these two verses, he changed his mind and agreed that merely "most" of the uses of 'yom' with a day mean 24 hours.

I am undecided on the length of the creation days and am still studying the topic. I would appreciate any comments on these two Bible verses.


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