It has here been demonstrated that the word “days,” as used by Moses’ in Exodus 20:11 and 31:17, could be interpreted as “God’s days” (something other than twenty-four-hour periods) because, throughout Scripture, the pattern of six-and-one parallels decades, years, or days interchangeably with six periods of God’s creative activity and one of rest. Accordingly, the phrase, “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth…” probably reflected the pattern of six-and-one and was not a direct reference to the time involved in the creative process, which then could have taken longer than six twenty-four-hour days.
Let me be clear that I am not promoting the Long-Day Theory in interpreting the first chapter of Genesis. That discussion will have to wait for another time. In any case, it is important for us to remember that the chief purpose of the Bible is the revelation of the way of salvation through the shed blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!