Dr. Dan Hayden • 

“How many more days before my birthday?” the child asked. “Well, let’s see,” the mom responded, as she counted off the days. “Hey, it’s just one week,” she noted. “That is only seven more days.”

When God created the world, He did it in seven days. Well, He really did it in six days and then He rested on the seventh day. Actually, the word “day” is used for the first time on the first day of Creation. In Genesis 1:305 we read, “And God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” Well, on the first day of Creation God established the pattern of day and night.

The word, “day” is a Hebrew word used to describe the period of time between sunrise and sunset. Actually, the word came from a root that means “to be hot.” So, it was used as a term for the warm hours of the day – or the daylight hours. But the word is also used in an inclusive sense: Verse 5 says, “And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” So, not only is this word used of the daylight hours, but it is also used of the entire twenty-four-hour cycle. The daytime hours and the nighttime hours are a whole day.


Well, the first time God uses the word “day,” He is very careful to define what it is. It is either a day – in the twenty-four-hour sense, or else the daylight portion of the twenty-four hours. You see, God really did create the world in six literal days.

Now you know the real meaning of the word.

It is good for us to remember that the psalmist prayed, “Lord, teach us to number our days” (Psalm 90:12). We only get so many, you know.