My seven-year-old has been studying Genesis and Revelation. Not Genesis through Revelation; he hasn’t looked much at the books in between. He keeps resolving to read his Bible through, but doesn’t gets further than Genesis, over and over again. And he loves to read Revelation, because there’s a dragon in it.
Tonight, as Encyclopedia was having his Bible reading time before lights out, he kept coming out to me with questions. Really difficult questions, too. I had to get my Bible out and go through it with him. Boy keeps me on my toes!
In Revelation (22:5), it says that we won’t need the sun in the new Jerusalem, because God is the light. So if He is the light, then why did He create light in Genesis? Why did He have to say, “Let there be light,” if He already is light?
First, did you know that Isaiah 60:19 also has a prophecy that He will be our light? Neat how the books all tie in together, isn’t it?
In Genesis, maybe it was when He said “Let there be light,” that He became the light for the world. We know that He has always existed, but we also know that Jesus is the Word of God. (John 1:1) So in speaking those words, God made Jesus the light of the world. Perhaps that was when He became our light.
That’s kind of hard to believe.
What? That Jesus is the Word of God?
Sure. But that’s only because we live in this world, where we are used to certain rules for how things work. Like gravity. And people not being words. But God lives outside of this world. He created it, so He is not bound by its rules. Those rules are created for this world, not for Him. It’s hard for us to understand, but God is very different than we are. Sure, we are made in His image, but we are definitely not just exactly like Him. We know that Jesus is the Word of God, because that’s what the Gospel of John tells us. And the Word — the Light of the world — became flesh, put on a body, and became one of us. To save us. Isn’t that amazing?
And of course, back in Genesis, the earth needed Him for light, because that was before He created the sun and the stars and moon.
Well, I have a question about that, too. If He already separated light and darkness in verse 4, why did He separate the light from the darkness again when He made the sun and stars?
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.…
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
So, in the first bit, He is creating light (and perhaps He is that Light), but it is light independent of a source in the sky. It is still light, separate from darkness, and it separates day from night, but without sun or stars. In the second bit, it is the fourth day and he populates the heavens. So now, we have stars in the night, and the sun in the day. These are two separate events. The second time, He was adding some light to darkness. That’s neat, isn’t it? There is still day and night, just as after verse 5, but now we have some light even when it’s dark. Just like we have light — hope, even though we are sinners, and in the dark. Because some day, He will put one more star in the sky, when He sends His son to become man — to become sin, and die for us. Even in Genesis, at the creation of the world, He is putting a little promise of the Gospel in there.
Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.
3. What about the water? I thought that God created everything, but the water was already there. It says He separated the waters, not that He created it. So who made the water?
Well, the first two words of the Hebrew Bible is Genesis Elohim, and that means: “In the beginning God.” So we know that God was there in the beginning. It goes on to say, “created the heavens and the earth.” So the waters must have been part of that creation. What’s the next verse after that?
2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
So “the deep” must mean the waters. So when God separates the waters above from the waters below, He’s separating the waters that He has already created in verse 1.