Does Day Follow Night, or Night Follow Day?

God’s first creative proclamation was “Let there be light,” so it might seem that the day came first. But then why does the Bible say that “it was evening and it was morning?”

From “The Youthful Poet’s Dream” by William Blake. Wikimedia.

From “The Youthful Poet’s Dream” by William Blake. Wikimedia.

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Sept. 1 2021
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