The Gap Theory

“The Gap Theory”

By Dennis Coulter

The Gap theory. I don’t buy the Gap theory, but I’ll tell you what. One of the most respected teachers and probably the greatest influence in my spiritual life is Pastor R. B. Thieme. He is with the Lord now, but he did believe in the Gap theory. He wrote a book called Creation, Chaos, & Restoration. It’s the best representation of the Gap theory that I have ever read, and it’s only about 50 pages. You can see it on line if you go to R. B. Thieme ministries, click on publications and then go to creation. You can order it at no charge or give a donation. That’s the way “Bob” did things, at least, that’s the way it was when he was running the show.

 Here’s my take on the subject:

 Mankind is not the product of evolution, but the direct creation of God. I believe that God created the earth with the appearance of age. He did the same thing with Adam and Eve (He created them as young adults, ready to procreate) and with the wine He provided at the wedding (John 2:1).

 Genesis 1:27 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;”

The 1st person plural form of the verb tells us that this is not only a statement, but a discussion. The persons involved would be the Triune Godhead. i. e. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 … So God created man.  The creator of all that has been created is God the Son (Hebrews 1:10 c. John 1:1).

 “in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

What is particularly significant here is that God created man in His own image and likeness. This does not refer to our bodily form, since God is spirit (John 4:24). Rather, it refers to His spiritual, natural and moral likeness. In his spiritual likeness, man, through regeneration, may have fellowship with God (Ephesians 2:1, 5). In his natural likeness, man has intellect, emotions, and the free will to know and commune with God. In his moral likeness, man may know and obey the precepts of God.

 Old Testament Hebrew employs four words to depict the work of God in creation. The first, bara, is used exclusively with God as the subject. Generally, this word means “to create or to bring into existence by divine command.” In our context, bara means to create something from nothing. God created both the universe (Genesis 1:1) and the human soul from nothing, “So God created, bara, man in His own image; in the image of God He created, bara, him; male and female He created, bara, them.” (Genesis 1:27). He simply spoke them into existence (Genesis 1:3). Theologians call this creatio ex nihilo. It is interesting to note here that when God creates a soul and breathes it into a human body, He creates that individual with a predetermined gender. Therefore, it is not the body that determines the gender of a person, but rather, the soul that God breathes into it.

The second term, asah, generally means “to make something according to a specified pattern.”  In addition to bara, God also uses asah to refer to the creation of man, but from a different perspective. In Genesis 1:26 God said, “Let Us make, asah, man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” Here God uses the verb, asah, to emphasise the fact, when God creates a human soul, He does so based on the pattern of His own invisible essence. As noted earlier, “in Our image,” refers to God’s natural and moral likeness.

 The third Hebrew word, yatsar, is used to depict the forming of something as a potter molds clay. This word is used to describe the forming of Adam’s body from the elements or “dust of the earth.” Genesis 2:7 says, “The LORD God formed, yatsar, man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

In contrast to yatsar, which described the creation of the body of the man, the fourth verb describing creation is, banah. It means to “build or to build up i. e. increase a structure from existing materials.” The inference from this verb is that, from the woman, God builds the female, through whom the human race is to be built up from, by God, through the male. Some illustrations of this usage can be seen in Genesis 16:2: “So Sarai said to Abram, ‘See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her, banah mimenah.’” Literally, the verse says, “I shall be built up from her.” Sarai devised a scheme where, through the bodies of Abraham and Hagar, she could have children. The problem with the plan, besides the fact that it involved adultery, was that God promised that Abraham would be built up through the body of Sarah, and that Sarah would be built up through the body of Abraham. See also Genesis 30:3 where she, yet once again, tried to be built up, banah, through, another woman, her handmaid, Bilhah.

In Amos 9:11 banah is used to refer to God building up the family of David: “On that day I will raise up the tabernacle (Monarchy) of David which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it, banah, literally, build it up, as in the days of old;” During the days of Amos, the Davidic dynasty had fallen into a degraded condition. Through the prophet, Amos, God declared that, at the Second Advent of Christ, He will re-establish the Davidic Kingdom on earth, where Jesus will rule in His resurrection body for 1,000 years.

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