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Then every living animal and every bird was brought to Adam for naming. In all that long procession of living things, Adam saw that “there was not found a helper fit for him” Genesis 2:20). So God put Adam to sleep, created Eve, and presented her to Adam, who joyfully declared: This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man (Verse 23). All commentators are agreed that the expression translated “at last” in the RSV means just that.
The word “day” would have had no meaning to Moses or to his contemporaries other than that which was limited by reference to the sun. It would be impossible to prove from Scripture that the Israelites in the days of Moses had any concept of a “day” in terms of millions or billions of years. The evidence arising from serious consideration of the cultural meaning of the word yom as used by Moses and understood by the Israelites is wholly on the side of the 24-hour day in the Genesis account of creation.
Van Bebber and Taylor have addressed this point. Like David in the Psalms, the writer of Hebrews is warning the elect not to be disobedient and hardhearted. Thus, he alludes to Israel in the wilderness who because of their hard hearts could not receive God’s promise of rest in Canaan. “Rest,” as used in these verses by both David and the writer of Hebrews, had a specific historic reference to the promised land of Canaan. , 1979, p. 629b]. This concept is echoed by the author of Hebrews who uses the Greek word katapausis, which also may refer to an abode or location of resting (Hebrews 4:1,3-5,8).