This week’s feedback addresses questions dealing with the properly understanding and defending the Old Testament, which CMI’s Dr Jonathan Sarfati responds to.
Rodney H. from New Zealand writes:
I want to thank you first for the 8 DVD sent to me. One was Arguments Creationists should NOT use. by Jonathan Sarfati. In one comment he used the Scripture from Genesis 1:14 to prove that the earth was originally on a tilted axis. He showed this by using the word ‘seasons’ to indicate the four seasons of Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. But I checked its meaning on e-sword and found it is more related to the phases of the moon than the four seasons. This then does prove that the earth was on an axis prior to the flood. No problem after the flood as God mentions summer and winter straight after the flood. But there is no mention of summer and winter prior the flood. Here is my research on this…
SEASONS vs SUMMER AND WINTER
Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to divide between the day and the night. And let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years.
Gen 8:22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
SEASONS IN GEN 1:14 = H4150 MOED.-appointment, fixed time, season; like a festival.
Gen 17:21 But I will establish My covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time in the next year.
Exo 13:10 You shall therefore keep this law in its season from year to year.
Psa 104:19 He appointed the moon for seasons; the sun knows its going down.
Isa 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; they are a trouble to Me; I am weary to bear them.
Jer 8:7 Yea, the stork in the heavens knows her seasons; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow watch the time of their coming; but my people do not know the judgment of Jehovah.
Dan 8:19 And he said, Behold, I will make you know what shall happen in the last end of the indignation. For it is for the time appointed for the end.
Hos 2:9 So I will return and take away My grain in its time, and my wine in its season, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness.
The word season in Genesis indicates the cycle of the phases of the moon to help people know appointed times, like festivals and harvest etc. This does not indicate the four seasons, summer, autumn, winter, spring….
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