Is There a Gap in Genesis One?

Is There a Gap in Genesis One?

1 Corinthians 15:22
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

One of the most frequently asked questions when I appear on a radio phone-in program is whether there is a gap between the second and third verses of Genesis chapter 1. Some people have been taught that a gap of millions of years between the original creation of the Earth and the Earth we know today can explain the fossil record and the millions of years proposed by evolution.

Also called the ruin-reconstruction theory, this idea says that an earlier creation existed that was judged by God. Those who believe in this theory usually place Satan’s fall, dinosaurs and so-called “cave men” into this earlier creation.

The gap theory was first proposed about two centuries ago by Rev. Thomas Chalmers as a response to the growing popularity of long evolutionary ages. It was widely spread among Christians in the notes that first appeared in the Scofield Reference Bible of 1917.

The gap theory, however, does not satisfy evolutionists; neither does the Hebrew of Genesis support it. Most importantly, the Bible teaches us that death first came into the world when humans began to sin. The Bible repeats many times that sin and death began with Adam and not before. This is such an important point that the Bible links the beginning of sin and death with the first Adam … and the victory over sin and death with Jesus Christ, spoken of as the Second Adam. Of course, there is much more to the issue. For further information, why not call Creation Moments and ask for literature on the gap theory.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I offer You grateful thanksgiving because You became the Second Adam in order to save us from sin, death and the devil – our lot because of our sin. Amen.

Author: Paul A. Bartz

Ref: Niessen, R., B. Northrup, and D. Watson. 1988. Genesis Stands. Minneapolis, MN: Bible-Science Association, Inc.

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Daily Disciples – February 4

February 4

Today’s ReadingExodus 34Matthew 22:23-46

Today’s Thoughts: Go to the Lord First

He also hired a hundred thousand fighting men from Israel for a hundred talents of silver. But a man of God came to him and said, “O king, these troops from Israel must not march with you, for the LORD is not with Israel-not with any of the people of Ephraim. Even if you go and fight courageously in battle, God will overthrow you before the enemy, for God has the power to help or to overthrow.” Amaziah asked the man of God, “But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?” The man of God replied, “The LORD can give you much more than that.”  2 Chronicles 25:6-9

Amaziah was king of Judah and though he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, he did not follow the Lord wholeheartedly. One day Amaziah decided to muster his army, so he took count all of his able-bodied fighting men. Thinking he needed more troops, he hired another hundred thousand fighting men from Israel. Now at this time, the kingdoms of Judah and Israel were divided, each with their own kings. The Lord was with Judah because of His covenant with David but the Lord was not with Israel, especially as their kings were evil, wicked and against the Lord. So, the Lord sent a prophet, “a man of God,” to speak with Amaziah about sending the men from Israel back home. Even though Amaziah did as the man of God instructed, his first concern was about the money that he had already spent. The response from the man of God should speak to our hearts even today; “The LORD can give you much more than that.”

Sometimes we fail (or forget) to realize that our God is in charge and has ownership of all things, even all the money of the world. We can get so caught up in making things balance out that we think we do not need to depend on the Lord. Many of us hate to waste money or waste things of value. We try to be good stewards. We try to make the right decisions. But, sometimes we act before we pray and we make decisions that may not be God’s will for us.

The best course in making decisions is to take them all to the Lord first. But if you find yourself in a place of looking backwards (as we all do at times), then ask the Lord to work it out and even to replace what was lost. You will be amazed to watch how God works through our situations, even our mistakes, and He can replace what was lost in the process. Do not bear the burden alone—take it to the Lord. He loves to rescue. The rest of the story of Amaziah? He went into battle after sending the hundred thousand troops home and the Lord delivered him the victory. He will give us the victory when we seek His help in all things.

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Daily Courage – February 4

 
from Day by Day with the Persecuted Church

I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. (Joshua 14:8

You have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. (Joshua 14:9)

He followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly. (Joshua 14:14)

Caleb

We learned yesterday that the secret to Caleb’s success was faith. Today we will learn about the condition of having such faith. It can be summed up in one sentence, Caleb followed the Lord wholeheartedly. No reservations, no compromise, only undivided allegiance to God.

We read this statement three times in Joshua 14. The first mention comes from Caleb himself. This was not proud boasting, but a sober statement of fact. Dare we, can we say this about our walk with God? Some people never dare say this. Others say it too easily.

The second mention comes from Moses, saying the same words. That is even more important than Caleb’s own statement. What do other people see of Christ in me? How do they sum up my life? But the most important testimony comes from God himself, the God who discerns the hidden secrets of the heart.

“O Lord, you have searched me 
and you know me… 
you perceive my thoughts from afar… 
you are familiar with all my ways.” 
(Psalm 139:1-3)

There can only be one response to this statement.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; 
test me and know my anxious thoughts. 
See if there is any offensive way in me 
And lead me in the way everlasting.” 
(Psalm 139:23-24)

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How you can hear God’s voice – Experiencing LIFE Today – February 4, 2021

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees, flowers, grass—grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. — Mother Teresa

In the Bible, God reveals Himself to be the One we can know about, and the One we can know personally—and then make known to others.

Learning about God is important. But the time quickly comes when words must cease and we must be silent and let God speak to us.

We have barely tasted a drop of water in the ocean of God’s essence. Every moment of every day, it’s as if we are standing on the shore with our toes barely wet. Are you ready to wade in deeper, or perhaps even jump headfirst into intimacy with God? That doesn’t normally happen in the noise and chaos of modern life. It often comes in quiet, thoughtful moments where the truth of Scripture becomes alive.

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103:8-14)

Heavenly Father, I want to know You; really know You. I don’t just want to know about You, and I don’t want to know You like a casual acquaintance. You’ve revealed Yourself in the Word. Now, please reveal Yourself in my heart. Lead me toward a pure understanding of You as my perfect Father. Then let the reality of You in my life be a light of truth to those in the darkness around me! Amen.

Taken from Pete’s 365-day devotional book Experiencing LIFE Today.

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