Many of us have been taught that the first seven days outlined in Genesis 1 were seven 24-hour “days” and that these “days” all began at sunset. However, when we take a closer look at this chapter, slowly reading line upon line, we see that this is impossible.
In our culture we’re taught that a 24-hour “day” is the time it takes for the earth to make one full rotation in the face of the sun. However, in the Genesis 1 account, there is no sun present until the fourth “day” (and that isn’t until after the fourth day starts). In fact, there is no “heaven” in which the sun is to be placed until the second “day”.
Furthermore, a 24-hour “day” in our culture includes “night”, whereas Genesis 1 clearly states the light that is called “day” was separated from the darkness, which was called by its own name, “night”. Then, when the sun, moon and stars were put in the heavens, one of their express purposes was to divide the light (day) from the darkness (night). We’re specifically told there are two different “great lights”: one to rule the “day” and the other to rule the “night”.
So, if we are going to let Genesis teach us about “time”, what can we derive from chapter 1?