After posting WHAT DO WE REALLY KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE? I decided that I would go ahead and post this series with it, as I feel that they go with each other.
SEVEN DAYS – “the numerals of infinity”
And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob by the name of God Almighty; but by My name Jehovah was I not known to them. — Exodus.
All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of man. — John.
Why is the first BIBLE verse so important to understanding the book of Genesis? It is because this verse means that the Patriarchs did not know the Lord God Jehovah of the second creation story (Genesis 2:4 onward) but knew only the God Elohim, the God Almighty of the first creation story (Genesis 1-2:3). Likewise, the second BIBLE verse is equally important in understanding the difference between the two creation stories because God made all things Spirit (Elohim) not matter (Jehovah). God is Life itself, and the Life that is God is the Light (Mind) of man – spoken of in the first creation story.
The BIBLE tells us that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years. So what does that mean exactly? It is a clue to one way in which we should examine the Seven Days spoken of in Genesis 1-2:3. In other words, we do not need to think of them as seven days with twenty-four hours each but we should think of them as a period of seven thousand years, with each day lasting around 1,000 years. Mary Baker Eddy writes: “The numerals of infinity, called seven days, can never be reckoned according to the calendar of time. These days will appear as mortality disappears, and they will reveal eternity, newness of Life, in which all sense of error forever disappears and thought accepts the divine infinite calculus [of the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science].” (SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, page 520:10-15) In other words, it takes about 7,000 years, so it would seem, for mankind to mentally progress through the Seven Days.