Mike Akridge

And God said”Let…”

“And God said ‘Let…’”
The phrase “And God said ‘Let …’” is the phrase that begins every new scene in the chronological creation story and “Let there be light” is the first biblical use of the word “let.” There are eight of these phrases each designating a new scene’s start in Genesis Chapter 1, but only six days. Days 3 and 6 both describe two scenes for a total of eight scenes covered in six days. The phrase “And the evening and the morning were…” signifies the end of each day and it occurs 6 times. The seventh day was the day of rest that begins Genesis Chapter 2.

One should note that the biblical chapter and verse designations were added for our modern convenience long after Genesis was written.

In the minds of many, the common word “let” erroneously takes on a separate and irrational meaning in the biblical creation story. Its definition is simply to “allow something to happen.” Let is synonymous with allow. “Let” does not mean something physically exists from nothing. “Let” is not a word that means instantaneous creation. The phrase “Allow there to be light” has an identical meaning. Moreover, one cannot reasonably assume that a change in the availability of light occurred coincident with the command; it merely says that light shall be allowed to exist at Earth’s surface- presumably for the duration of human time. It is unreasonable to expect that the Sun lit-off with this command, but it could have.

The “bring forth” phrase

The “bring forth” phrase
Let the waters “bring forth,” and let the earth “bring forth” are phrases used in the creation story to describe where the several categories of life came from. This is not just an odd way of speaking in the ancient Hebrew or in the old English translations. This phrase says that life would be brought forward, or advanced, by either its earth dwelling existence, or by its water dwelling existence. What else could it mean if not that?

“Bring forth” is not about population increase. To command a population increase, a species is instructed to be “fruitful and multiply.” Instead, the “bring forth” command is about advancement.

Clearly, if life is being “brought forth,” or is advancing, then it is changing. To suggest otherwise might irrationally imply that life was at first hidden, and then simply stepped out of hiding into plain view. Although that may work for mammals, it is unreasonable for plant life.

To the evolutionist, advancing life is already a familiar concept since the Paleozoic era yielded up, after extinctions, seed bearing vegetation that had made its advancements primarily on earth. The Mesozoic era, known for its dinosaurs, yielded up, after extinctions, fish, and birds that had made their advancements primarily in the waters. Finally, the Cenozoic era yielded up mammals and many reptiles that had advanced primarily on earth. The three groupings of life are still advancing. The groupings and order of life from science, after each era’s extinctions, is the same as that from the biblical creation story.

Where the evolution of Earth is concerned, modern science has replicated the biblical creation story with verifiable discovery.