Jesus and the Creation Account
Jesus did confirm the creation account of the world in the following references:
- He pointed to the creation account as the basis for the doctrine of marriage and divorce. He said, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” (Matthew 19:4-5). Jesus asserted the sanctity of the marriage bond by quoting Genesis 2:24. Thus, He made it clear that He accepted the creation account as factual.
- He pointed to the creation of plants where each kind brought forth the same kind. “Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?… A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Matthew 7:16,18). This was recorded in Genesis 1:11,12 which says, “Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” Thus, showing that living things did not evolve.
- He kept the Sabbath (Luke 4:16) and accepted the Sabbath as a day of rest in commemoration of God’s completed work of creation (Matthew 12:8). The Sabbath was first instituted at creation. We read in Genesis 2:2, 3 that, “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.“
- He also pointed to the account of the fall of man, after the creation, when He called Satan “the father of lies” (John 8:44), referring to Satan’s first lie to Eve in Genesis 3:4-5 which says, “Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.“
- He testified to the truthfulness of Moses’ record (the author of the book of Genesis) when He said: “For if ye believed Moses, ye would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” (John 5:46-47).
- He referred to the story of Abel (Adam’s son) in Matthew 23:35 as an actual historical account which was recorded in Genesis 4:3-16.
- He spoke of Noah’s flood in Matthew 24:37 as an actual historical account which was recorded in Genesis chapters 6, 7, and 8. And He used that Flood in making a comparison to the destruction of the Earth at His second coming.
The scriptures show that Jesus accepted the chapters of Genesis as factual and reliable. And He pointed to them as a basis for many of His essential and fundamental teachings particularly concerning the story of creation and the literal 24 hours six days of creation that some wrongly believe were long geological periods of time. But this is not consistent with the Bible.
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