What did Jesus think about when Adam was created?
What did Jesus think about the creation of the universe? Would He agree with the majority of today’s scientists that the earth is 4.6 billion years old? Did He believe the universe is about 15 billion years old?
Did Jesus think that mankind began a million years ago? Did He think life developed through an evolutionary process over the course of billions of years?
Like unthinking sheep, most people have accepted the evolutionary story of human origins simply because the megaphone of mainstream science says so. And they have rejected the Genesis account of humanity’s origin in Adam.
Did Jesus accept the Genesis record of Creation as wholly true or not? Today most people think Jesus had nothing to say on the issue. But a careful examination of some of His remarks shows otherwise.
What Did Jesus Think?
Jesus accepted the Old Testament as the literal Word of God. His respect for the OT was sky-high. He repeatedly appealed to the OT to settle disputes with the Jews. He ordered His own life by it. For Him, every “jot and tittle” of Scripture was binding. He said,
“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-19 NASB)
Jesus would never nullify or contradict anything in the Jewish Scriptures. He accepted Scripture in full. So what is the thrust of Old Testament Scripture regarding the Creation of Adam? How long ago was it?
Genesis 1 repeatedly records God’s work of completed stages of Creation with these words:
“Then God said _____ … and there was _____.” (Genesis 1:3)
“Then God said _____ … and it was so.” (Genesis 1:6-7, 9, 11, 14-15, 24, 29-30)
God’s evaluation of the completed stages of Creation is repeated over and over:
“…and God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25)
Genesis 1 concludes with Yahweh’s summary judgment:
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31)
The Psalmist wrote,
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
He lays up the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast. (Psalm 33:6-9 NASB)
The clear meaning of these and many other passages is that God spoke Creation into existence instantaneously. Nowhere does Scripture even hint at millions of years for evolutionary development of the world and life.
Knowing Jesus’ attitude about Scripture, it is apparent that Jesus would not have disputed, denied, or contradicted this. He would never have supported a theory of evolutionary development of Creation, because it would contradict the “God spoke and it was done” message of Scripture.
Jesus specifically spoke against annulling even the smallest commandment (Matthew 5:19). Yet one of the big ones, one of the Ten Commandments, includes the information that God created the entire universe in only Six Days. The Fourth Commandment is
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:8-11 NASB)
It is probable that the One who met with Moses on Mt. Sinai to deliver the Ten Commandments was the pre-Incarnate Son of God. So Jesus Himself probably wrote with His own finger on the stone tablets these words: “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them” (Exodus 24:12; 31:18; 34:1).
Jesus actually referred to this establishing of the Sabbath when He chided the Pharisees with,
“The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27 NASB)
For man’s own benefit, man was to follow God’s own example of working six days and resting on the seventh.
So, what would Jesus have thought about the creation of Adam and the universe? He would have believed it happened rapidly (in six days) by the spoken word of the Lord only a few thousand years previously, according to the historical testimony of Genesis and the rest of the Scriptures.
What Did Jesus Say?
Jesus made some explicit verbal remarks that confirm these inferred beliefs about Creation.
In replying to a question from the Pharisees about marriage, Jesus said,
“But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.”
(Mark 10:6 NASB)
“He who created them from the beginning made them male and female.”
(Matthew 19:4 NASB)
According to Jesus, God created mankind fully formed and functional as man and woman ready for marriage at the Beginning, NOT after billions of years of evolution following the Beginning. Jesus believed in creation, not evolution.
On another occasion, Jesus remonstrated with lawyers and Pharisees with these words:
“For this reason also the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some they will persecute, so that the blood of all the prophets, shed since the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the house of God; yes, I tell you, it shall be charged against this generation.'” (Luke 11:49-51 NASB)
Here Jesus refers to the blood of Adam’s son Abel as being shed at the foundation of the world, not billions of years after the world began.
In another debate with the Jews, Jesus said to them,
“Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:43-44 NASB)
Here Jesus identifies Satan as a murderer from the beginning. This is a reference to Satan’s use of Cain to murder the righteous prophet Abel at the Beginning (Genesis 4:8; Luke 11:50-51; Hebrews 11:4). Again the clear implication is that Jesus did not believe in billions of years of earth history before man, as evolutionism posits.
Therefore, Jesus believed that Adam was created at the Beginning, just as Genesis 1 reports.
What Would Jesus Say Today?
Today Jesus would undoubtedly tell scientists what He once told lawyers: “Woe to you [scientists]! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.” (Luke 11:52)
What is the “key of knowledge?”
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 NASB)
For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 NASB)
The key to true knowledge, wisdom, and understanding is fear of the Lord. Yet Science has tried to remove God and His Word from society by insisting on naturalistic explanations.
Having lost its fundamental moorings, Science is like a ship wallowing at sea, trying to anchor sometimes-valid work to groundless, false philosophy. Today the philosophy underlying most science is aggressively atheistic. Since Scientism dominates universities, atheistic students inevitably result.
Scientists today deny and distort both plain evidence from nature and the plain meaning of Scripture, thereby hindering people from entering the kingdom of God. People swallow scientists’ evolutionary speculations which deny the truth of Genesis about origins. People then logically reason, “If Genesis is not trustworthy, why should the Bible be trusted at all?” Jesus would fiercely condemn the deceivers for these deceptions.
Those who claim Jesus of Nazareth as Lord and Savior should accept His words and thoughts as their own. Here is what Jesus said:
“Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:47-49 NASB)
Questions to Ponder
- Where in the Bible are evolutionism’s millions and billions of years?
- What is the biggest stumbling block for you, your family, or your friends regarding belief in creation of the universe about 6,000 years ago?
Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.
Soli Deo Gloria.
This is the 35th of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam (with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant? (with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
Read the sequels:
36. Adam and the Gospel …coming soon…
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Wednesday July 20, 2016 A.D.
The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. (Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)