Introduction: In our last few lessons we have discussed
Creation vs. Evolution, and have explored the literal week
of Creation. This week we look at what the Bible and logic
have to say about the length of time since Creation. Was it
millions or years ago or about 6,000 years? Let’s jump in!


    1. For those of you with your Bible, look up 1
      Chronicles 1. On the screen we are going to look
      at vv. 1-5 and 26-28 (because we do not have

      1. What are we looking at? (It looks like a
        family tree. A listing of at least the first
        born who had sons. Sometimes it lists several

      2. As you look at this “family tree,” does the
        list square with your understanding of the
        Bible stories?

      3. For those of you who have been reading your
        Bible chapter by chapter, this is the exciting
        section, right? What could be more exciting
        than the “begats?”

        1. Since this is terribly dull, why do you
          think God put this section in the Bible?
          (He must have thought that the sequence
          was important for us to know. Do you like
          it when an important person remembers
          your name? It gives comfort to know that
          God keeps track of His people.)

      4. Could you make a rough chronology of the earth
        with this list?

        1. For example, would it be possible to
          determine the time between Adam and the

          1. How would you do it, if you could?
            (Turn with me to Genesis 5.)

          2. Read Genesis 5:3-5. How old was Adam
            when Seth was born? (It both tells
            you and allows you to do the math.

          3. Read Genesis 5:6-11. Can you keep a
            running total here?

          4. Read Genesis 5:21, 27-30. We are not
            going to do the math today (you can
            this afternoon if you want), but
            would this allow us to at least
            roughly date the flood? (Yes.)

          5. How accurate does this seem to be?
            Does this seem to attempt to be
            precise? Or is the chronology kind
            of sloppy and vague? (It seems very
            precise because it gives the age of
            the father when his son was born and
            then gives the total age of the
            father and son!)

          6. Turn to Genesis 11. Read Genesis
            11:10-14. Genesis 5 ends with Noah.
            Does this (starting at Gen. 11:10)
            appear to be a continuation of the

            1. While you have your fingers in
              Genesis 11:10-14, I want you to
              look up Luke 3:35-36. This may
              be a little confusing at first
              because they run in opposite

              1. Do you see any differences
                between the two lists?
                (Yes. Luke says that Cainan
                is the son of Arphaxad, not
                Shelah. Luke lists Shelah
                as the grandson of Arpaxad.
                (Note that 1 Chronicles
                1:18 also omits Cainan.))

              2. What do you conclude from
                this? Is this a major
                problem? (There are two
                issues here. Assuming
                Cainan was skipped, only
                one generation is skipped.
                I would not call this a
                “scientific” list, but it
                seems it is a pretty tight
                list. However, it may be
                wrong to assume that Cainan
                was skipped. The lesson
                notes that the Septuagint
                (Greek) version of Genesis
                11 includes Cainan, but the
                Masoretic (Hebrew) text
                does not. Therefore the
                omission may only be a
                copying error.)

        1. The chronology of the first several
          chapters of 1 Chronicles 1 brings us past
          Abraham, to King David and the tribes of
          Israel in the promised land. Does that
          bring us up to “modern” history?

        2. Do you think you can, in general,
          calculate the total age of the earth
          based on Adam to King David and King
          David to you?


    1. Where do we find on this list the short, hairy,
      ape-looking guys with the sloped foreheads and no
      chins? Where on our list do we find Java-Man,
      Nebraska Man, Neanderthal and the various “Cro-”
      and “Homo-” fellows we read about in the museums,
      text books and newspapers?

      1. A book I read as a young man was entitled,
        “The Spade Confirms The Book.” The idea was
        that what had been unearthed through
        archeology confirmed the Biblical account of
        things. Does the discovery of “early man”
        disprove the Bible?

        1. Do you have any suggestions or theories
          on putting the two (the Bible and early
          man discoveries)together?

      2. Let’s look again at Genesis 5:1-4. Based on
        your knowledge of the Bible, is there anything
        missing from this account? (Cain!)

        1. Why is Cain not listed?

        2. Does the chronology of Genesis 5 claim to
          be a complete history of all men? (No!
          When it says “Adam’s line” it is
          referring to those who, in general,
          followed God. (See, Romans 9:3-5.) If you
          look at the preceding chapter (Genesis
          4:11-24), you will find the banishment of
          Cain and a short family tree for him that
          is separate from the Genesis 5 tree.)

      3. What, exactly, do you think we have we been
        finding in discoveries like Java-Man and
        Nebraska Man? Are these early men? Missing
        links? Apes? (Dr. Scott M. Huse in chapter
        five of his book “The Collapse of Evolution”
        (Baker, 1991) discusses the discovery of these
        “early men.” Dr. Huse reports that “Nebraska
        Man” was based on the finding of a single
        tooth! The whole fellow from one tooth. Later
        it was determined this tooth belonged to a
        pig! These elaborate drawings and models we
        find in books and museums are based on bone
        fragments and a boat-load of arrogant

    2. What about all of this scientific dating of the
      earth? Doesn’t radioactive dating show the earth
      to be billions of years old?

      1. Can you reconcile the earth age you say you
        can compute from the Bible with radioactive
        dating? If so, how do you answer the problem
        of the apparent conflict?

      2. Let’s look at Genesis again. Read Genesis 1:1-2, 9-10. What did God do with the ground
        during Creation week? Does it appear that God
        created the ground or did He shape the ground?

        1. If He merely shaped the ground, what does
          that do to the dating question? (Our
          lesson next week gets into this in more
          detail. It also argues that my “shaping”
          suggestion is wrong.)

      3. Read Genesis 1:11-12. Did God create baby
        plants or mature plants? Does the text of the
        Bible give us any clues? (Normally, fruit
        trees take several years before they will bear
        fruit. Thus it appears that God created
        mature trees.)

        1. If God created mature plants, what does
          that do to radioactive dating?

      4. Let’s talk about law and evidence for a
        moment. What kind of evidence is radioactive
        dating? (Scientific/circumstantial. It is
        certainly not first hand evidence.)

        1. On what basis do we accept scientific
          evidence in court? (It has to be
          reproducible. You have to be able to do
          the experiment over and over again with
          the same verifiable results. If you get
          different results each time, it is not
          reliable evidence.)

          1. Is that possible with a scientific
            method that produces results in the
            billions of years?

        2. According to Huse (page 20)the carbon 14
          dating process has determined that living
          snails are 2,300 years old and wood from
          living trees is 10,000 years old. The
          potassium-argon method of dating has
          determined that lava flows in Hawaii,
          known to be less than 200 years old, are
          3 billion years old! If Huse is right,
          this kind of evidence would not be
          admitted in court because these dating
          methods do not produce reliable results.)


    1. How important is this issue of the age of the
      earth to you?

    2. Does it make any difference to your salvation?

      1. If you thought your spouse had been lying to
        you about his or her background, would that
        make a difference to your marriage?

      2. Would it bother you if God has been making up
        the history of the earth?

    3. Remember we discussed the comfort we have from
      knowing that God knows us by name (like those in
      the list of the “begats”)and keeps track of us and
      our family. If the earth is billions of years old,
      would it alter your view of God’s close, personal
      attention to us?

    4. Friend, evolutionists need millions or billions of
      years to give some credence to their slow mutation
      theory. As we saw in our lesson last week, the
      evidence we see today more logically and closely
      accords with the Creation story rather than
      evolution. A relatively young earth also fits
      better with the Creation story. Both Creation and
      a young earth paint a picture of an all-powerful,
      wise and caring God. That is our God!