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One of the amazing realities of creation event is that the God Who is timeless created time.
The ability to mark or keep track of time was designed by God on day four of creation, “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years’” (Gen 1:14). God placed His stamp of approval on the creation of time by declaring at the conclusion of that day, “And God saw that it was good” (1:19).
Further, in days three through six God designed plant and animal life to reproduce according to its kind to ensure provision for future generations. Notably, God created the animal that He esteemed as good which He would later sacrifice to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness (3:21) before they were created and prior to their deception and disregard for His Word.
Time preceded the prohibition regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was given by God and violated by Adam and Eve. Time would mark the days, years, centuries, and millennia between the promise of redemption in Genesis 3:15 and its fulfillment in Christ. The story of the Bible operates in real time through the vehicle of generations of broken people.
In the past, people of faith looked forward in time to the day that God would fulfill His promise to redeem them. Believers today look back in time to the Seed promised by God from the beginning Who came and crushed the head of the serpent. All people of faith look forward to the day when God will walk again with man and “time shall be no more” (Rev. 10:6).
That God is interested in time and its passage is obvious throughout the Bible. That believers should also take an interest in time is clear from commands such as “redeem the time”; “use the time wisely”; and know that everything is beautiful “in its time” (Eccles. 3:11).