Starting the Day
“Were the ‘days’ of the creation account, in Gen. 1, 24-hour days as we know them or were they periods of time? I want to believe the Bible, but I don’t know how to answer this interpretation that seems to allow for evolution.”
Well, the short answer is “yes,” the days in the creation account are literal, consecutive, 24-hour days. Why do we think so?
(1) First, the “days” are described the way you would understand a 24-hour day; in verse 5, we read, “And the evening and the morning were the first day.” That same phrase is repeated throughout the account. It sure sounds like a normal day as we would understand it.
(2) Second, the days themselves are numbered, just as we would refer to them in a normal week of seven days. In fact, that consecutive numbering is even used again in Ex. 20, when the children of Israel were given the law of the Sabbath:
“Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work:” (Ex. 20:9)
“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.” (Ex. 20:11)
In other words, the understanding of days in the creation account, as being 24-hour days and not long periods of time, is the basis of our understanding of the Sabbath given to Israel in the Law.
There’s an old rule in Bible interpretation: “If the plain sense of Scripture makes sense, seek no other sense.” It seems to me interpreting these days as anything other than literal, consecutive, 24-hour days is seeking some other sense.