Genesis 1:14-19

September 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Posted in Bible Study | Leave a comment
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This week, we continue our look at the week of Creation. Today, we’ll be looking at the fourth day of Creation:

Then 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; and let them be for light in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

Here we see God continuing to fill the creation that He started three days ago. He turns His attention to the expanse that He created on Day 2 and begins to fill it with lights. He makes two specific lights, one to govern the day and the other to govern the night. Obviously, the greater light is the sun and the lesser light is the moon. It should also be obvious that this is from the reference point of the earth. As with everything else that God has created, these lights have purpose. The greater light (sun) “rules” the day while the lesser light (moon) is the “ruler” of the night. The stars also have purpose. All of them together are to be used to give light to the earth, separate the light from the darkness, and to mark seasons, days, and years.

The question always arises when this is discussed – how can there be light without the sun, moon, or stars being in place? The answer is pretty simple, even if it doesn’t seem to satisfy some of the more stubborn or analytical minds. There is nothing in science or the Bible that indicates that you need the sun, moon, or stars for light. As a matter of fact, there are at least a couple of instances where this is shown to be the case. At the end of time, when eternity starts, Jesus Himself will be the light of the new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:23-24).

The sun, moon, and stars have other purposes as well. The scripture says that they are to be used for signs. The Hebrew word for signs is the word ‘ot and means a “sign, mark, or symbol; a signal or event that communicates; a supernatural event or miracle as a sign from God”. The sun, moon, and stars would be used in the history of Israel and the church for signs and miracles. Two instances of this are when God caused the sun to stand still for Joshua at the battle against the Ammorites at Beth-horon (Joshua 10:1-13) and the star of Bethlehem leading Mary and Joseph during the birth of Jesus. They also mark the seasons on our planet. For the past six thousand years or so (since the Creation), man has marked days, weeks, months, and years by the sun and moon. Growing seasons, the four seasons, and a number of other special time periods are marked by the sun, moon, and stars.

The final, and most important, reason for the sun, moon, and stars is found in Psalm 19:1-2:

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech. And night to night reveals knowledge.

The celestial bodies were placed in the expanse of the heavens in order to glorify God. Everything that we see in Creation points to the greatness, wisdom, and awesome power of the God of the Bible. As a matter of fact, Paul says in Romans 1 that because of the Creation no man has a reason for denying God’s existence. The Creation gives man enough knowledge and revelation about God to condemn him, but not enough to save him. It is only through the knowledge of sin and Jesus’ death on the cross can mankind be saved. As with the other days, this day also ends with “and there was evening and there was morning” strengthening the evidence for each day being a 24 hour period.

This brings the fourth day of Creation to a close. We have seen the earth created, light spoken into existence, the expanse of heaven put in place, the waters gathered and the land appearing, the vegetation sprouting on the land, and the expanse filled with the sun, moon, and stars. Next week we’ll see God fill more of the Creation. We hope that you’ll be here!

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