4903 time

4903 time

A creation of God which marks the duration of life and which is measured by changes in the created order. The flow of time is directed by God who appoints particular “times” within his unfolding purposes. Because human life is brief, time should be used properly, making the most of every opportunity.

Time as a creation of God

Time began at creation Ge 1:5 See also 1Co 2:7

Time is marked by change in the created order Ge 1:14 The main divisions of time were based upon the phases of the sun and moon. See also Ps 104:19; Jer 33:20

The timelessness of God Ps 90:2 See also Ge 1:1; Ps 93:2; Pr 8:22-26; Hab 1:12; Jn 1:1-2

God’s perception of time 2Pe 3:8 See also Ps 90:4

Measurement of time

Divisions of time Ge 1:8 A day was marked by the regular cycle of evening and morning; Nu 28:14 Months were determined by the regular phases of the moon; 1Ki 4:7 The year consisted of twelve lunar months; Jn 11:9 An hour was one twelfth of the period of daylight.

Indefinite periods of time 1Sa 1:22; Jer 32:14; Lk 20:9; Ac 14:28; Ac 18:23

Recurring times and seasons

God’s seasonal provision Dt 11:14 See also Lev 26:4; Dt 28:12; Ps 145:15-16; Jer 5:24; Ac 14:17

Appointed times for festivals Lev 23:4 See also Ex 13:10; Ex 23:15 pp Ex 34:18; Nu 9:2-3

A right time for every activity Ecc 3:1-8 See also Ecc 3:11; Ecc 8:6; Jer 8:7

Times of human life in God’s hands Ps 31:15; Ps 139:16 See also Job 14:5; Da 2:21; Ac 17:26

Appointed times within God’s unfolding purpose

The time of fulfilment of promise The time of Isaac’s birth: Ge 21:2; Ro 9:9
Lk 1:20 the time of John the Baptist’s birth; Ac 7:17 the time of Israel’s possession of the land

The time of Israel’s deliverance Ps 102:13 See also Hab 2:3; Hab 3:16

The time of Jesus Christ’s coming Gal 4:2-4 See also Mk 1:15; Lk 19:44; 1Ti 2:6; Tit 1:3

The time of Jesus Christ’s death Jn 12:23 See also Mt 26:18; Jn 2:4; Jn 8:20; Jn 13:1; Ro 5:6; 1Pe 1:11

The time of Jesus Christ’s return 1Co 4:5 See also Mt 24:36; Eph 1:10; Heb 9:28; 1Ti 6:15

The time of God’s judgment Ps 75:2; Eze 7:7-8; Eze 24:14; Zep 2:2; Mt 8:29; Rev 11:18

The appointed time of the end Da 8:19; Da 11:27,29; Mk 13:32; Ac 1:6-7

The time between Jesus Christ’s first and second coming

The time of salvation 2Co 6:2 The time of salvation lies between the two comings of Jesus Christ. See also Isa 49:8; Heb 11:13

The end times Ac 2:17; Heb 1:2; 1Pe 1:20; 1Jn 2:18

Proper use of time

Recognising the brevity of human life Ps 90:12 See also Ps 39:4-6; Pr 27:1; Jas 4:14

Seeking God Isa 55:6 See also Ps 32:6; Ps 69:13; Ps 95:7-8; Ecc 12:1,6-7

Looking to eternal realities 1Co 7:29-31 See also Ps 10:6; Isa 56:12; Lk 12:16-21; Ro 13:11-12; Jas 5:7-9

Making the most of opportunities Col 4:5 See also Gal 6:10; Eph 5:16

See also

1115God, purpose of
4016life, human
4921day
4945history
4948hour
4951month
4978year
5046opportunities
5385leisure
8438giving time
9120eternity
9155millennium