Theodore Roosevelt said, “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” In today’s world, far more than TR’s world, a college education is almost indispensable—It is difficult find a good-paying job without some post-secondary education. But a knowledge of the Scriptures is far more important than a college education. The Scriptures tell man where he came from and where he is going. The Scriptures tell man how to live, how to prevent heartache from coming into his life.
The Scriptures tell man of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of mankind, and how to have his sins removed so that he can live in heaven eternally.
But what if the Bible were taken away? What if the government were to come into our homes and remove our Bibles? We would not know how to live or how to prevent heartache from coming into our lives—we would remember basic morality, but we would begin to forget all that God wanted. We would begin to forget all the stories of Jesus and how he aided those around him. We would have no basis for sharing our faith with others, for there would be no authority to which we could point.
Believers are set apart to be reflections of Christ in the world Romans 12:1-3 When a person places faith in Jesus Christ and becomes a believer, he is sanctified—that is, set apart for God’s purpose. Unlike salvation, which takes place in a single moment, sanctification is a lifelong process. As the Word of God and […]
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen (I Timothy 1:15-17). The Lord Jesus Christ used Paul as a pattern for our learning. Paul did nothing to earn his salvation; it was a gift from God as an example of His grace and mercy.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
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!
Wiseman wrote, “We are expressly told that each of the six days was divided by ‘an evening and a morning’. Why these six ‘evenings and mornings’? Why were they introduced? For God’s sake or for man? Endless difficulties have been created in thinking that Almighty God, the Creator, ceased His work of creating the world as the evening drew on and recommenced it as morning light appeared. Was it necessary for God to cease from His work of creation when darkness came on, and to wait till morning light dawned before He could resume? This idea needs only to be stated in this blunt fashion in order to enable us to see that the cessation for the six mornings and evenings was to meet man’s necessity for rest. God had no need of a nightly rest, “He fainteth not, neither is weary.” (P. J. Wiseman, Creation Revealed in six days, 1958, pp. 37, 38).
Traditions of men can influence how we interpret God’s Word but God’s Word, itself, is pure and cannot be bound: II Timothy 2:9 – Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. Traditions of men may have hindered proper interpretation of Scripture for centuries, but the Word of God will eventually accomplish the purpose for which He sent it: Isaiah 55:11 – So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
In 1958, Wiseman suggested that the “days” of Genesis chapter one may be days of revelation, not days of creative activity (Revelatory-day view). According to this view, God took six days to reveal details about Himself and His creation. “The days of Genesis chapter one are intended to be literal days, but not of creation, and the time occupied in the events described may well be as long as the ‘geological’ interpretation asserts” (P. J. Wiseman, Creation Revealed in six days, 1958, p. 128).
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.