Creation in Six Literal 24 Hour Days?
Absolutely! Let me give four reasons why I believe Genesis 1 clearly communicates that God created in six literal, sequential days.
This is the most natural reading of the text. Indeed, to see the days as ‘ages’ or to see gaps between the days, one needs quite an imagination.
Exodus 20:8-11 bases the six-day working week and the Israelite Sabbath on the creation week. God told the Israelites to work six days and then rest on a sabbath “for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth…but he rested on the seventh day.”
Whenever the Hebrew word ‘day’ is preceded by a number, it always (at least elsewhere in the Old Testament) indicates a literal 24-hour period, never an undefined period of time.
Each day comprised a morning and an evening, two main periods, one involving light and the other darkness. Anything other than literal days makes these designations nonsense.
Does this issue matter? Absolutely, for it showcases how one interprets Scripture. Those who fail to take the start of the bible literally will inevitably not take the end (Revelation) literally, and who knows how many other passages in between?!