Let There Be Light

 

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Genesis 1:3-5

God Created The Light

After creating the universe (the heavens) and the earth, God began to shape the earth. Notice that in his account of creation, God creates everything from nothing simply by speaking it into existence. On his first day of creation, God illuminated his canvas.

How appropriate that creation of mankind’s temporal home would begin with the light. Scripture is full of references to light. Light is used to describe God, Christ, Heaven, and all things good. Our world began taking shape when God uttered the words, “Let there be light.”

It is important to note that this light does not come from our solar system’s resident sun. This is not the light of the stars that illuminates creation. Those celestial beings will be created on the third day of creation. This light is the light of God that illuminates the world.

 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

 1 John 1:5

Day One? So you believe in six literal days of creation?

When studying Genesis you might find that there are differing views on how long it took God to create the universe that mankind resides in. The earliest belief was in a literal six 24-hour days and God rests on the seventh day. This was the most popularly held belief until the Darwinian era of scientific theory became popular. At this point the church did something that should have been considered heretical. They started inferring man’s assumptions of the earth’s age into the scripture. And so men began to imagine theories such as the “Day Age” and “Gap” theories. 

The Day Age theory states that God did not create everything in six 24-hour periods, but within six collections of time, maybe thousands or even millions of years. These day/ages allow for all of the fossilized remains of extinct plants and animals to be found in the rock layers that the scientist of their time said were millions of years old. (We will talk about fossils when we get to Genesis chapter seven).

The Gap Theory says that after God created everything in Genesis One, he realized that creation was not very good and scrapped everything previously made (creating the millions of years worth of death in the rock layers) and started all over with Genesis chapter two. 

The first problem we should have with both of these, views or theories, should be that they infer something into the text of Genesis that is not found. If God were sharing the creation of the universe with mankind by having someone write it down, why would he leave out details that he knew we would find on our own? Doesn’t that create distrust in our creator? I do not believe God would do such a thing. Secondly both theories include the death of millions of plants and animals before the curse of sin. In Genesis chapter three we will look at the curse that is brought onto the earth by Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God. Why would God tell them death was a consequence of their rebellion if it already existed? 

These views exist as man’s way of trying to rationalize his theories and assumptions of what he sees around with God’s account of history. These views are not supported by the text and should not be considered as possibilities. 

There are three reasonings behind the six days of creation being literal 24-hour periods. 

First, the reading of the text very clearly means a single 24-hour period. Genesis one says, “The evening and the morning were the first day.” How can that be confusing? We have an evening and then a morning… that is a day,

Second, the Hebrew word used for day in Genesis chapter one is yom. In Hebrew, yom always means one day. The only time yom does not mean one day, is when it is preceded by a numeral. So, six yom would mean six days.

And third, God will rest on what Genesis says is the seventh day. Later, when God separates the Hebrews from the many people of the world he calls them to observe a Sabbath on the seventh day of the week just as he had rested on the seventh day of creation. It is clear that God was not instructing them to rest every seven hundred thousand years or every seven million years.

The Gospel

God began his creation by creating the light and the light is the first to be deemed good by God. It is a truth of humanity that we associate light with goodness. We picture our heroes wearing bright colors or maybe as a white knight, while the villain is often seen dressed in black.

 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

 John 1:9

When John wrote his gospel about the life of Jesus, he used the metaphor of light many times. He saw the correlation between Jesus our hero and the light of our world. Jesus came with a spiritual light. He is a light that has the power to illuminate mankind’s souls. He came to our world to offer us relief from spiritual darkness that plagues our lives. In him, and him alone, we can find the light that our souls desire.

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

 John 8:12

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About Mitchell Norton
My life was changed when God saw fit to forgive me of my rebellion against him. I am not worthy of a righteous God, and I am thankful that he reached out to me. My walk with the Lord has lead me to understand that loving others is just as important as loving God. I am a husband to a beautiful wife, father to an adorable daughter (and one on the way!), and servent of the Gospel. I am not perfect, but one day I will be. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence." - Jeremiah 17:7

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