More discussion on Old Earth / New Earth. What on earth is “Qawah”? We’ll tell you.
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Dave: In our last Truth Shot we showed how the book of Genesis teaches that God
allowed things to “come to pass” instead of created by a sudden miracle.
Jeff: Things like light, stars, and atmosphere…
Dave: But wait, there’s more!
Jeff: Another Hebrew word that Genesis 1 uses is qawah (kaw-vaw’) and it literally
means, “to wait for!” The word is used to signify ordering activities around a future
Dave: Interesting, so this word implies patience, and waiting for something to come
about. Where in the creation story is it used?
Jeff: In Genesis 1:9: Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into
one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.
Dave: So you might paraphrase it, “let the water below the heavens be patiently
gathered together so that land eventually appears.”
Jeff: When I hear the Hebrew, I have a hard time believing God intended for us to take
these 6-days of creation as 24-hour time periods.