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THE CREATION DAYS OF GENESIS
The thrust of my book is not to answer all questions about Creation but rather to show and to confirm many details of God’s “plan” as plainly provided in the scripture.
     The most obvious characteristic of Genesis 1 seems to  have been the presentation of Creation as sequential days, particularly since it says “there was evening and there was morning” for each of the days listed.  With one exception.  On the day God rested, the “seventh day”, there is no mention of evening and morning which suggests to us that His rest is ongoing or that the Creation process is not yet finalized.  
    I have determined from my years of work that the Days of Genesis 1 provide us with a framework of God’s Creation “Plan” as opposed to an account of Creation as if it were completed. There has been much debate (to no avail) about the intended meaning of the word "day" in Genesis 1.  So, to avoid the abyss of this particular disagreement, I have decided not to offer my own opinion here on how long a day is in Genesis 1, but to show the graphics that the sequential verses make.  Later, I will show how this same graphic version illuminates the answer to the question about a supposed conflict between Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 in their so-called "versions" of the Creation story.

ONE DAY
(New American Standard Translation)
Note that the day labeled as “One Day” (New American Standard Translation) has 2 points or facets, and 2 sides of the line that it creates.  For the sake of this project I sometimes use the term facet to mean “points” or “eyes” as on a jewel or stone in three dimensions.  And regardless of the translation, one day or first day, this simple geometric progression holds true to the project and is
proven by where it has led.
     When I first began to study the days of Genesis, I began to see that the days were very simply illustrated with a sequential number of points (or facets) added to each day. “One Day” tells of the separation of light and dark which is also described by a line consisting of two points.  
    Since a line separating light and dark would be endless, we have to use our imagination and allow the illustration to be drawn within a limited area as shown above – thus it appears to be a triangle but it is not.  It is a simple line dividing light and dark.  Notice, God saw that the light was “good”, but nothing at all is said about the darkness.  

LOOKing AT the days as illustrations
     To me a most curious thing about Genesis 1 is that there is a distinct difference between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:3 through 2:3 (the latter of which is referred to generally as the Creation Days).  I believe that Genesis 1:1 is not a prelude to the Genesis days but a separate explanation of what happened before the Days of Genesis 1.  
    While I agree that the verses of Genesis 1:3–2:3 are sequential, I doubt God intended for us to take from the text that these "days" were sequential periods of any particular length of time or that these periods are the major point of the text.  It seems to be man’s obsession with “when” that obfuscates the major import of these passages.
     With a graphics approach you can begin to see the Bible is not as simplistic as a mere reading suggests.  When the Bible says “the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters” (Genesis 1:2, see small video above) God is providing us with a literal visual that will become more informative at another point.  The “darkness over the surface of the deep” is also shown literally.  This is not of my invention but the inevitable construction from the words and numbers provided.  Nothing can be discounted.  It is merely the limitation of man's approach to reading Biblical text in a linear fashion that has caused an emphasis to be on the passage of time and not, more correctly, on the details of the Creation Days.  
     My approach has been to show as literally as possible what the words describe rather than explain what I think the words mean.  As a result, it permits us to get a glimpse of what would otherwise remain very obscure.

Please Proceed to a Second Day

DEDICATION & HISTORY    IN THE BEGINNING: THE WORD = LANGUAGE    ADAM TO THE LAND OF PROMISE
THE LANGUAGE OF GRAPHICS - THE DAYS    WOMEN CALLED TO THE PLAN OF CREATION    TWO CREATIONS? TWO ADAMS?
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER    VERY UNUSUAL FINDINGS


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IN THE BEGINNING:
THE WORD = LANGUAGE
ADAM TO THE LAND
OF PROMISE
THE LANGUAGE OF
GRAPHICS - THE DAYS
WOMEN CALLED TO
THE PLAN OF CREATION
AFTER THEIR KIND,
AFTER ITS KIND
TWO CREATIONS?
TWO ADAMS?
PUTTING IT ALL
TOGETHER
VERY UNUSUAL
FINDINGS
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“and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters” Genesis 1:2 and “Let there be light” Genesis 1:3
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