“But from the beginning of the creation…”
“From the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.”(Mk 10:6)
The Greek word for “beginning” — archēs (Strong’s 746) — expresses beginning in this way: “from the initial starting point”. Therefore we can truthfully translate this verse:
”From the initial starting point of creation God made them male and female.”
Right away this takes out the argument that there are supposed “gaps” or “ages” in the seven days of creation or millions and millions of years since the beginning of creation. No one, neither saint nor sinner, even hints that Adam and Eve were created millions of years ago…
Sadly, the modern church has difficulty believing the literal meaning from the Bible, even when it spells it out so clearly:
”And there was evening and there was morning, one day… And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”(Gen 1:5,31)
Author B.W. Newton accurately describes the intention of Genesis: “The book of Genesis professes to be what it indeed is — a PLAIN, LITERAL narrative of creation”.
But we in our “insight” stumble over the clear truth of the Holy Spirit inspired words and cling regrettably to man’s wisdom and a form of religion, a religion that picks and chooses what to interpret figuratively (in this case depending on science) and what to interpret literally.
In essence, from the very first page of the Bible we have “lost our way” and doubt the straightforward meaning from God’s Word! Just think for a moment what conflicting conclusions we will come up with using this “pick and choose” method of interpretation by the time we reach the last few pages of our Bibles!
John Wesley, an 18th century Anglican evangelist and founder of the Wesleyan Tradition, offers us helpful comments on this verse –
‘From the beginning of the creation’ – Therefore Moses in the first of Genesis gives us an account of things from “the beginning of the creation”. Does it not clearly follow, that there was no creation previous to that which Moses describes?
“For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth…”
In the second book of the Bible, in Exodus, Moses is given the 10 Commandments straight from the finger of God. God highlights the “seven days of creation” in comparison to the seven days of a literal week!
“Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work… For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Ex 20:11)
We can find helpful interpretation from scholars of the past, if we will but listen:
This verse shows that the days in the first chapter of Genesis were real twenty four hour days. For you compare like things to like. Just as God worked six days and rested on the seventh, so the Israelites were to do also. The comparison would make no sense if the days were “seven ages” or were “seven ages” that overlapped each other (Day Age Theory) or if there was a huge gap between the days (Gap Theory). These are modern compromises to accommodate the alleged geological ages with the Biblical account of creation. — Dr. John Gill (1690-1771)
I understand the “modern compromises” to the Biblical account. I am not blind to the fact that I can see the Andromeda Galaxy at night with my naked eye and that the light I am seeing is supposedly 2 million years old!! Yet who is to say that when God created the heavens and the earth He didn’t created them “full grown”, like Adam and Eve, and therefore the light has already traveled its full grown distance…
“Day can sometimes be used as an ‘extended period of time’, such as ‘the day of man’ or ‘the day of Solomon’ — but never when used with numerals. One day means one day; and six days means six days; nor is there any departure from this obvious rule from one end of the Scriptures to the other.” (B.W. Newton, Mosaic Cosmogony, 1882)
I know this: I will find “God to be true, though every man be found a liar”. (Romans 3:4)
Adam was a historical person.
Adam was a historical person. He lived and died. He had a beginning “at the beginning of creation”… and lived for 930 years. Let’s say he died in the year 930. His son Seth lived and died as a real historical person, too. He died in year 1042. Seth’s son, Enosh lived and died. Enosh died in the year 1140.
Using the Bible as OUR ONLY guideline we can literally count the number of years from the“initial starting point of creation” through the death of Jacob in the year 2257. If we then add about 800 years to that and we have the time of King David and King Solomon – men who secular education and science know of. Then add about 1000 years to that and we come to the time of Christ.
The Bible itself gives us the timeline. Earth cannot be much more than 6000 years old if we believe that God made them male and female at the the initial starting point of creation!
If, on the other hand, we can not take the Bible literally (i.e. “it says what it means and means what it says”) then we have no basis or foundation for any interpretation and cannot hold THE TRUTH in our hands! We are like those who play an indistinct, unrecognized sound on the trumpet and do not warn of coming war.
“If the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” (I Cor 14:8)
Yours for the coming Kingdom,