If Genesis 1 is poetry and therefore not historical, where does one stop with the judgments about what is and isn’t true history? Then Adam and Eve were not historical people. So that means Cain and Able must not have been real either? And Lamech? Or Noah?
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day—on that day all the springs of the deep sea erupted, and the windows in the skies opened.
Genesis 7.11 CEB
When the flood begins, the writer of Genesis tells Noah’s age down to the day. Was he trying to pull the wool over the eyes of readers? Was he trying to be a good fiction writer, with lots of made-up details? Or was he registering Truth for all ages?
When man begins to sit in judgment on Scripture, there’s no end to his clipping and ripping. Even the words of Jesus get voted on whether or not they’re historical. The real skeptics even doubt the existence of the Lord himself.
If the facts of creation and primeval history aren’t true, then the great principles behind them aren’t either, of man in God’s image, of marriage, of obedience and disobedience, of the fall of man and the plan of redemption hinted at in Genesis 3.15.
Theories of man come and go. The truth of God remains forever.
What a story, O Lord, true in all its detail, rich in its development as you brought us your Son to rescue us from our sad and rebellious history! Blessed be your name today and forever.
Hold this thought: Of Adam’s fall and Noah’s age, / We know from reading Moses’ page.