March 19, 2013
Genesis 1-Part 5
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and morning were the first day. Genesis 1:3-5 KJV
LET IT GLOW
Yesterday morning, our power kept going off, so my computer battery took over and I continued to type the lesson. Here I was sitting in a dark room and dark house with the computer plugged into the electrical outlet. There was no power to other appliances, but I did have the light of the computer screen. (My lesson was not saved, so I am redoing it. Maybe it wasn't pleasing to the Lord, so I needed a do-over.) It seems to be a good illustration for today.
Just as the battery provided a different source of power for light for my computer, God was the source of light on day one of creation. Now, the sun, moon, and stars aren't created until day 4, verse 16.
The MacArthur Bible Commentary states:
God effortlessly spoke light into existence, which dispelled the darkness of verse 2. That which most clearly reveals and most closely approximates God's glory (Dan. 2:22). Like Him, light illuminates and makes all else known. Without light, all creation would remain cold and dark. What form this light took is not clear. But light itself, the reality of light, was created on day one and instantlly separated day from night. God was the provider of light (2 Cor. 4:6) and will in eternity future be the source of light (Rev. 21:23).God had a divine plan and purpose for the creation, not the result of mere accident or chance. Neither is it seen to be self-sustaining or self-perpetuating. I also demonstrates God's power. God merely spoke creation into existence by the word of His mouth. He spake and it was done; He commanded and it stood fast. Ps. 33:9 Each of the six days begin with an announcement.
This light is not the sun, which was created on the fourth day according to verse 16; it must have been some fixed light source outside the earth. (Liberty Bible Commentary)
God didn't fashion light with His hands. It was enough for God to merely speak. Light is more than a physical sustance; it's also a supernatural aspect. (David Guzik)
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. Rev. 22:5
Are we daily plugging into the power that spoke and there was light? Do I surrender throughout the day to Him? Is Jesus your/my power source?
LET IT GROW
God saw the light and it was good. This light was good for the purpose it was intended to serve.
Come to think of it, God never messed up or had to do anything over. I sure do. If only I had pushed the save button before completion, I would not be redoing this lesson.
We see the rotating earth resulting in a day-night cycle. According to Liberty Bible Commentary, the word day is used in three different senses in Genesis:
- a twelve-hour period of light (verses 5,14, 16, 18);
- a twenty-four-hour period;
- the entire creative week (2:4).
God does not want man in spiritual darkness. God has given man the Light of Life so man can see and know where he has come from, why he is here upon earth, and where he is going. What is that Light of Life? It is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12
Am I looking for what God is doing in my little world in this day and night? Are you walking in darkness or light?
*If you want more indepth reading, check out David Guzik on Genesis found at studylight.org.
LET IT GO
Thank You Lord Jesus for the days and nights of my life.
Turn from darkness to the Light.
Stay plugged into my power source-God, Jesus, Holy Spirit.