Genesis 1:3-4

Verse 3


“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

“And God said …”

The language here indicates that the stupendous acts of Creation were performed by fiat. God spoke the word, and it was done. Could any process of creating light gradually even be imagined? Any chain of events leading to the development of light is inconceivable, the very thought of such a thing being rejected by the intelligence. Primeval darkness demands just the fiat revealed in this verse as the only possible solution for it.

Verse 4


“And God saw the light that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.”

“And God saw the light that it was good.”

The intelligence of the Supreme Being, His concern with and His interest in the affairs of His creation, and His personal preference for that which is “good” appear as legitimate deductions from what is revealed here. It seems highly improbable that the creation of light merely means the making of light visible upon the earth. The text does not state that God made light visible, but that He created it.

“And God divided the light from the darkness …”

This statement is enigmatical, and that should not surprise us. It was inevitable that in the creation of all things there were countless facts about it that were incapable of being revealed to the finite intelligence of mortal man. God’s dividing the light from the darkness simply indicates a time previously when they were mingled; and there is no rational understanding on the part of men with reference to that prior state of mingled darkness and light.

The very presence of light dispels darkness. The diurnal revolution of the earth, excluding the sun’s light at night, is usually cited as the explanation of this; but we reject such an explanation, preferring to view it as something beyond the ability of men to understand it. Besides, the relationship between sun, moon, and the earth did not appear until the fourth day, and this is the first day.

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