So far we have met the Triune God in Genesis 1 (see ‘A major foundational principle of the Bible’). We discovered that God dwells in the third heaven, the devil has his kingdom in the second heaven and the sky is the first heaven (see ‘Why on earth did God create three heavens?’)
In this blog we want to look at the strange phenomenon that God created light twice.1 How does that work? It is because God is supernatural, but He created the natural world. Scripture is a ‘mix’ of the supernatural and the natural.
# The two creations of light
- God’s ‘first’ creation of light: “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated light from darkness. God called the light ‘day,’ and the darkness He called ‘night.’ 2
- God’s ‘second’ creation of light was on day four. 3 God created the sun, moon and stars for lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on earth. The sun was to govern the day and the moon to govern the night, to separate light from darkness.
# The reason God created the ‘light’ of Genesis 1:3.
- Genesis 3 reveals the incident that covered the whole world in spiritual darkness (Adam and Eve obeyed the serpent instead of God). Darkness descended on the earth with Satan as its ruler.4 Man’s knowledge of God became darkened.
- The light of Genesis 1:3 was good because it had to do with the destruction of Satan’s darkness by God’s Son, Jesus. The following verses explain:
- ‘I [Jesus] am the light of the world.’ 5
- ‘While I [Jesus] am in the world, I am the Light of the world.’ 6
- ‘In Him [Jesus, the Word] was life, and that life was the light of men.’ 7
- ‘The true Light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.’ 8
- ‘This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.’ 9
- ‘For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them…But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible’ 10
- The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God….God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness, made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 11
- ‘…joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the Kingdom of Light. For He [God] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves….’ 12
The light of Genesis 1:3 is the supernatural light that remains, while the light from the sun, moon and stars becomes redundant: ‘The city [the New Jerusalem] does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb [Jesus] is its lamp.’ 13
- Genesis 1:3-5; 14-19
- Genesis 1:3-5
- Genesis 1:14-19
- 1 John 5:19b
- John 8:12
- John 9:5
- John 1:4
- John 1:9
- John 3:19
- Ephesians 5:8-14a
- 2 Corinthians 4:4,6
- Colossians 1:12-13
- Revelation 21:23