The First Morning & Evening, Part 1

Returning to our Scriptures, we read in verses 3 – 5: And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” How many times have we read that? It’s a fairly familiar passage, but in its familiarity, have you ever noticed the order of the words? The phrasing does a good job at provoking curiosity when we do indeed ponder on it long enough to notice that it says “the evening and the morning” were the first day?

We – with our Western mindset – tend to think of  day as starting at morning. Traditionally, the Jewish faith, because of thishrasing, take it that a given day (a 24-hour cycle) starts at evening, lasting through to the end of the next day. This perspective is still in operation today, and it began right here in Genesis, chapter 1.

As we read through Genesis, we will note that each day possesses a distinct pairing of “evening and a morning,” except for the seventh day. Why didn’t that last day, the day of God’s rest from creation, clearly reference – as its precedent days had – a clear evening and morning? Did it indeed possess an evening and a morning? Certainly. I suspect that more is a play than we otherwise would expect…

It has been noted in the past that the original hebrew words here for “evening” and “morning” were broader in the beginning than they are now. Those original words were:

Erev for Evening
Boker for Morning

Now, expanding our vocabulary a bit, what other meanings do these original words convey? Erev conveys obscuration, or an encroaching darkness that precludes discernment. It reflects an increase in entropy.

What is entropy? In the information sciences, entropy refers to the antithesis of order. It is, in a very real sense, confusion, randomness, and disorder. We see the existence of entropy very clearly in life, with everything – in some fashion or another – always progressing towards entropy if it isn’t otherwise maintained. Things naturally fall into disorder and clutter over time, not the other way around. It requires the intervention of energy and effort to offset this natural order of organizational decay.

Scientific observation confirms the existence of this within the laws of thermodynamics. Hot matter steadily loses energy until it becomes cold. We see it across the universe just as readily as we do at the dinner table or with a good cup of tea. Even so, even with our understanding of this phenomenon, the truth of the matter is often overlooked by secular researchers.

As our universe continues to undergo a steady cooling, ultimately ending in a cold, lifeless state under the burden of a “heat death,” so many secular researchers fail to acknowledge that, if such an end is expected, doesn’t it testify to an original creation event, a foundational moment upon which all of history has been built upon? Under the rigors of natural law, such a beginning couldn’t have precipitated out of nothingness, not devoid of information and motive. These obvious truths testify of the Creation declared in the Scriptures, a creation at the hands of God, and staggeringly counter the chaotic assumptions of naturalism.

In any event, the fact that entropy is associated with erev is clear, the implications of the matter making it synonymous with twilight.

The First Morning & Evening” continues next time…

 


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