The first day
In the beginning God!
The real: April 1st, 2019
Yesterday I published a devotional, dated April 1st, 2019. Yesterday was actually March 31st. This is my April Fools Joke for you today. Hope you let me know if I managed to confuse you or you just thought I was confused.
This isn’t your average dialog regarding creation. As if creation itself isn’t a marvel beyond all marvels. There is something else that we are just beginning to grasp with modern day scientific theory.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Genesis 1:1-5 (ESV)
What God accomplished in only six days is amazing! Don’t water this accomplishment down by saying that one day is like one thousand years to God. That interpretation of the scripture is so far off base it isn’t funny. The facts stated in the Word of God are not subject to revision to fit into our flawed worldview.
The evidence of this is to just examine closely the last sentence of this passage; “And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”
If the first day was the first morning and the first evening, then it is indisputable that this was a standard day.
God isn’t limited to the laws of physics. He invented them! However, if you want to consider the possibility that a day differed from the 24 hours we experience today. I’d be happy to use the laws of physics to discount the concept that a day of creation was anything more than (or less) than the roughly 24 hours we experience in a day today.
What’s in a day? A day is one revolution of any fixed point on the earth in relationship to the position of the sun as our planet orbits around the sun. One year, is the number of revolutions that the earth makes as the earth completes each orbit around our sun.
Applying the laws of physics would demand that if the rate of these events were to change over time, the rate would decrease, not increase. However, since the earth and the other planets are caught in the sun’s gravity, the likelihood that this rate has been anything other than relatively constant is minimal, because if the rate were to actually slow as the earth revolves around the sun, the physics of centrifugal force would say the earth would be pulled ever closer to the sun, eventually falling into the sun.
Why? Because the probability of the rate increasing isn’t reasonable under the laws of physics, therefore the change would demand that the rate decrease. If the rate was decreasing, we would get hotter and hotter all the time.
Wait!! That sounds familiar doesn’t it? The earth getting warmer and warmer? Global warming?
Now I will not sign up to the climate change bandwagon at this time, because in my mind, the premise of us having an appreciable impact on the ecology of the earth, is a bit of a stretch. This doesn’t mean that I don’t believe mankind can or does pollute. He does. We are not the stewards of the earth and should do all that is in our power to keep it as pristine as possible. The way God made it is the way we should try to keep it.
But I would have to believe if we are truly seeing a gradual warming of the planet, physics would suggest that this change results from our orbit slowing ever so slightly over the years.
I’m not going there.
The point I’m laying out here is that that first day, wasn’t a lot different from today. If it was different, the odds would be heavily weighted to the idea that that first day was in fact shorter than today because the spin of the earth if changing, would decrease making longer days not shorter ones.
Let’s visit that scripture regarding God’s days verses our days.
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
2 Peter 3:8 (ESV)
Who knew that the Apostle Peter was an amateur physicist? Notice how Peter stated this in both directions…
One day is as a thousand years
A thousand years is as one day
The fact that he didn’t simply say “one day for God is as a thousand years for us” shows not that our time differs significantly from what God perceives but that his perspective differs totally from ours.
It is different because on that first day, God’s creation activities were not limited to only:
- Breathing the universe including the earth into existence.
- Water added, because the Spirit of God was hovering over it.
- God lit our sun
- Named the period of light Day and darkness Night.
The thing that isn’t spelled out real clear to us in this first day is something that likely happened on the first day but isn’t made clear; space-time.
In 1905, Albert Einstein introduced his Special Theory of Relativity. Based on this model a few years later (1908) Hermann Minkowski drew conditional theory’s into play that utilized Einstein’s theory to combine calculations of both space and time into the same equation. The concept of spacetime was realized for the first time.
These physicists did a good job attempting to reveal one of the hidden wonders God executed in creation. Well, considering they were mere men.
God could have created the spacetime bubble we exist in prior to the creation event. My consideration of this wouldn’t preclude God putting our spacetime in place before the six days of creation. I have a hard time considering that idea because if he simply breathed the universe into existence, putting that breath in a space bubble seems pretty normal for Our God!
Most spacetime concepts suggest that we can travel through space by folding time or that there are different infinite dimensions of spacetime (alternate universes) and we exist in one of those. If God wanted to create alternate universes, He could do it. There are no limits to his abilities.
Did God do that? I don’t know. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. It really has zero impact on us, our faith in God, or our relationship to Him.
The thing I wanted to draw out of this is that God doesn’t exist inside our spacetime bubble. He observes our entire span of time and space as one perspective of its entirety. God is the same as yesterday and tomorrow because he doesn’t have a yesterday or a tomorrow. He always was and always will be. THAT is our God!
Understanding we are inside this bubble of spacetime and God is outside of it, clarifies Peter’s comment regarding our day’s and God’s perspective. Since he can see all our days in the same moment, His day is whatever he defines it to be. Be that one of our days or a thousand of our years.
Note that this has absolutely no impact on what a day of creation was. That was virtually the same as our 24-hour day.
What it impacts is our understanding of how nothing is outside of the knowledge of God. What we perceive as God’s foreknowledge is God viewing our world from His perspective.
On “The First Day”, God created the heaven’s and the earth, water, lit the sun and started the planets in orbit around it to separate night from day, and did this inside one of his awesome inventions called spacetime.