THE CREATION WEEK
The creation activities were structured along the sevenfold pattern
of a week. The import of this fact is found in the midst of the
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt
thou labour, and do all thy work. But the seventh day is
the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do
any work. ...For in six days the Lord made heaven and
earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested on
the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath
day, and hallowed it (Exodus 20:8-11).
God patterned the Israelite's week after His creative week. It is in
contradiction to the truth to say, as does Bruce Vawter: "The biblical
writer has pictured God as going about his work like a faithful jew..."
(1977, p 61). God said He did His work (of creation) in six days and
rested, and that He expected the same of the Jews; what could be
clearer? God could very well have created the Universe in six
millennia, six centuries, six decades, six weeks, six hours, six
minutes, six seconds, or even six nanoseconds, but God said He did it
in six days.