One of the difficulties found in the first chapter of Genesis is the mention of light-apparently before the creation of the sun, moon and stars.
On the first day we are told that God created light. The sun, moon and stars it seems, was not created until the fourth day.
How could such a thing be? How could there have been day and night without the sun? Were plants and vegetation (created on the third day) done so without the existence of the sun?
The spirit of God said, ‘let there be light’, because at that moment he actually created light. The earth and heaven was already created by Him, where the earth included only water and darkness.
So, the spirit stood on the water and created light at a place where only darkness resided. This created a difference / balance between dark and light. The spirit looked at the light and claimed it was good.
The creation story shows the power of an invisible and invincible God. He spoke and in the twinkle of an eye, faster than any creator or inventor ever brought their thought to life; voila! There was light.
2.0 CREATION OF LIGHT
The book of Genesis gives us the accurate indisputable accounts of wonders and the creation of all that we see (and even some that we don’t see). It says:
“And God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. God saw that the light was good (pleasing, useful) and He affirmed and sustained it; and God separated the light [distinguishing it] from the darkness. And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”- Genesis 1:3-5
The power to create has always been His, the Almighty God. The Hebrew word for the light used in this passage is or, which means to shine, to become bright, to illumine.
This word is also used many times throughout scripture to mean either the Shekinah glory or the shining of the sun and moon; the great lights. We understand that the God of creation Himself was never created, otherwise who would be God?
We therefore agree that this light created was a work of His creation. It was light from an external body; an artificial one. The creation of light spurred the creation of all other things that were created on the surface of the earth.
3.0 GOD’S WORDS NEVER RETURN TO HIM EMPTY
It is note-worthy that while many beings (spiritual and physical) can speak and assume a position of authority and command, we know only one who’s words never fall to the ground. God speaks by the mouth of the prophet Isaiah:
“So shall my word be that goes out of my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”- Isaiah 55:11
This passage is an expression and affirmation from God Almighty telling His people how great and powerful He is. He can do all things because it is within His power and His method is not questioned by any being in existence now or forever.
God has made light for every occupant of the earth. Light is the primary ingredient for creating other things. Just as God used it as an opening move in the beginning, he still uses the same strategy today in his walk with believers.
We know that light signifies the ‘good’, the time when things work well; and darkness, the things that do not show the ‘glory of God’ or things that tend to stagnate progress. However, the bible makes us understand that God is the creator of both. Any confusions? Genesis 1:4; Isaiah 45:7
4.0 DAY AND NIGHT
One of the ways to understand the
Talking about the created light, the same light God created in the beginning holds its potency, and still gives light today. That’s the kind of power that God operates.
The day and night; connoted by light and darkness respectively, was made to indicate times and seasons. God created a system that had a spiritual underlying, and was also manifest in the physical realm.
The light of God spiritually radiates from God Himself:
“Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face.” – Psalm 89:15
“Covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent.” – Psalm 104:2
The light of God doesn’t end at the limits of the solar system (the sun, moon and stars), it is a force and a power that transcends beyond the physical one that we see. In John chapter one, it says:
“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:4-5
The light of God is so potent that ever even before creation, it has always subdued the darkness. Now the life in him (the Word), was the light of men.
The light of men is the light that empowers men. Jesus said we are the light of the world. It means he didn’t just create the solar lights, but by virtue of our acceptance into the ‘God family’, we have also somehow become a sort of created light to the world.
Everything God creates is made to last, until He says otherwise. He is the sustainer of all things, and equally has the power to do things that we can’t explain ordinarily.
5.0 LIGHT THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SUN, MOON OR STARS
The book of Revelation lets us in on another dimension of light that has nothing to do with the sun, moon or stars:
“And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.” – Revelation 21:23
God has created all lights, but remains the source of the eternal light that never goes out.
Though different lights he has made with varying degrees of illumination and radiant intensity, he has made them to only last for a while.
They are all made and sustained by the power of his word. The power of God is immeasurable and unquantifiable. When he says that light should shine; he creates it regardless of the physics involved.
We must also note that the Bible says there will be light without the sun in the future New Jerusalem.
“And there shall be no night there: They shall need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign for ever and ever.”- Revelation 22:5
“The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness the moon shall give light to you; but the Lord will be your everlasting light.”- Isaiah 60:19
Since there will be no need for the sun as a light source in the future, it is certainly possible that there was no need for the sun as a light source in the beginning.
The statement “Let there be light” in the third verse of Genesis was the signal for the Elohim to begin the new phase of creation, repairing the earlier creation of Genesis 1:1 when the earthly portion of the Kingdom of GOD was decreed to Lucifer, before the great rebellion.