Could it be that we have got it wrong? In Judaism, we have tended to take the Genesis 1 account as saying that the day begins in the evening, because God said, “And there was evening and there was morning — one day; the second day, etc”.
In the world today, we say that the day begins in darkness at midnight, at 12:00am/2400 hours. Today is January 1, 2020, and the celebration climaxed at the turn of the clock at midnight from what had been December 31, 2019.
The New Testament seems to consistently use references to the time of day as beginning in the morning. For example, while Yeshua was being crucified to pay the price for God to forgive us of our sins, there was darkness from the sixth to the ninth hour, i.e., from 12pm/noon till 3:00/1500, with the day being reckoned to have begun at 6:00am.
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But going back to the Genesis historical record: when was God doing His creative work, that the Holy Spirit would inspire Moses to write, “And there was evening and there was morning, one day; the second day, etc.”?
Well, it seems that He was working during the daylight, then saying that evening came, then morning (with the night darkness between). So, from morning to morning delineates the 24-hour day: beginning with the light of the first day to separate the light/day from the darkness/night, and continuing through the day and night until the next “break of day[light]”. (I am not saying whether or not YHVH did any creative work during the dark hours.)
Anyway, something to chew the cud (meditate on God’s Word) about.
May 2020 be a blessed year in a way that brings honor to the name of our Lord and Savior God! Happy New Year. This new decade could possibly be the last full decade before the second coming! Let us draw our strength in the love and truth that is Jesus/Yeshua, and go on to full maturity, all the while proclaiming the gospel to whomsoever, that they might repent and believe unto salvation by the same grace that has saved us through faith in the finished work of Messiah on the cross, and His resurrection from the grave on the third day! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The article originally appeared on Streams in the Negev on reposted with permission.