CONTEXT: Exodus 20 is all about the Decalog or Ten Commandments handed down by God to Moses on Mount Sinai. This chapter and Deuteronomy 5:6-21 are the two places which we find it recorded in the Bible.
Our text today is part of the context of the 4th Commandment Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Ex 20:8; Deut 5:12). While both books have similar verses ( six days labor, one day rest, Sabbath holy unto the Lord, etc.) on the subject, Deuteronomy finishes with an admonition to remember the days of slavery in Egypt and God’s command to keep the Sabbath. Exodus finished with our v.11 above, reminding the Jews (and us) that God created all in six (literal) days and then rested, setting apart that day as the Sabbath for His purpose.
“The idea of millions of years came from the belief that the fossil record was built up over a long time. As soon as people allow for millions of years, they allow for the fossil record to be millions of years old. This creates an insurmountable problem regarding the gospel. The fossil record consists of the death of billions of creatures. In fact, it is a record of death, disease, suffering, cruelty, and brutality. It is a very ugly record. The Bible is adamant though, that death, disease, and suffering came into the world as a result of sin. God instituted death and bloodshed because of sin so man could be redeemed. As soon as Christians allow for death, suffering, and disease before sin, then the whole foundations of the message of the Cross and the Atonement have been destroyed. The doctrine of original sin, then, is totally undermined. If there were death, disease, and suffering before Adam rebelled — then what did sin do to the world? What does Paul mean in Romans 8 when he says the whole of creation groans in pain because of the Curse? How can all things be restored in the future to no more death and suffering, unless the beginning was also free of death and suffering? The whole message of the gospel falls apart if one allows millions of years for the creation of the world.” – The Necessity for Believing in Six Literal Days (emphases added),by Ken Ham
A handbook for students, parents, and teachers countering the latest arguments for evolution
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