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In the Beginning, God - Part 4

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The book of beginnings contains the first spoken words. And who else but God should speak them. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

The formless and void darkness took on a new feature, that of light. Truly, light is a most gracious gift of God. It is light that allows us to see, both in a physical sense as well as a spiritual sense.

There is a price to pay for manmade light. Light bulbs cost money. The electricity used to light the bulb costs money. The electrician must be paid. God’s light, both physical and spiritual, is free. We do not deserve it. We cannot pay for it. We cannot earn it. Both are a free gift of God.

I remember several years ago standing inside a cave with no light. I could see nothing. I held my hand in front of my eyes, but I could not see it. Had it not been for a flashlight, I would not have been able to find my way out. Light is necessary for us to function. Neither can we function in the Spirit without Light.

This light that God spoke into existence, of course, was not the sun. It, along with the moon and stars, was not created until day four of the creation week.

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I believe the light was the very essence of God Himself. It is interesting to note that in John 8:12, Jesus announces He is the Light of the World. Further, He states “. . . he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

If we follow Christ, we are promised to have light, and this light brings life. It was from God calling light into existence that life flows. The light was created before life on earth was possible. Light enveloped darkness all because God said, “Let there be light.” Light entered the universe at God’s bidding. “And the evening and the morning were the first day.”

Remember that darkness was upon the face of the deep, that surging ball of water. “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.”

It was at this point that God created the atmosphere as He divided the waters from the waters. That surging ball of water, the earth was now encircled by a ring of air which was further encircled by another layer of water. We will see more about that other layer of water when we study Genesis 7.

There was now a place for the birds to fly, a place prepared for the sun, moon, and stars yet to come, a place for puffy, white clouds to dot the beautiful blue expanse.

Consider this. The atmosphere of the large planet Jupiter consists mainly of hydrogen and helium, but it also contains ammonia, methane, and hydrogen sulfide.

The Venusian atmosphere is largely carbon dioxide. Clouds of sulfuric acid cover the planet.

What about the planet Pluto? Pluto’s atmosphere consists of nitrogen mixed with smaller amounts of methane and carbon monoxide.

Earth is the only planet that has an atmosphere conducive to human life. The atmosphere of earth, that which we call air, and is bound by earth’s gravitational pull is made up of roughly 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, 1% argon, 0.04% carbon dioxide, and small amounts of other gases. This is the perfect blend for human life.

So “. . . the evening and the morning were the second day.”

“And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.”

Now, a place was needed for vegetation to grow and a place for cattle and beasts of the field to roam. God caused the land to rise above the waters while maintaining areas of waters elsewhere. It is said, “. . . God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas:”

As of the present, land covers about 29% of the earth’s surface. Genesis 1;12 tells us, “And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.” Again, God spoke in Genesis 1:29, “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”

There was a purpose to all of God’s creation. Creating the lands and seas was not an end in itself, but a means whereby God’s future creation of animals and man might be sustained. Certain creatures would be sustained by the land and others by the great oceans, streams, and lakes.

The grass God is referring to is not necessarily lawn grass as we might think. Although that kind of grass may not kill you, it is not recommended that you eat it. Human stomachs were not created to digest it, but cattle on the hand can handle it easily. A cow, in particular, was created with four separate stomachs allowing the grass to be digested.

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Grass actually refers to grain. There are several grains recognized today by the food industry. The six main varieties of natural grains are barley, rice, wheat, oats, rye, and corn.

These sustainable plants can also be milled for flour or pressed for oil. The hardiness of these plants makes them exceptional for harvesting by mechanical means, and shipping and storage for long periods of time are possible.

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:”

Day Four brings the creation of the sun, moon, and stars, the filling of the universe. We are told in Colossians 1:16, “For by him [Jesus] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth . . . .“ Jesus Christ, God the Son, is responsible along with the Father and Holy Spirit for the filling of the universe. “And God said,” and it was so.

I am overwhelmed by the sheer vastness of the universe. The closest star, our sun is 92.7 million miles away from earth and has an area of 196.9 million mi².

Alpha Centauri to the left - Beta Centauri to the right

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The second closest star to earth is Alpha Centauri. It is a mere 4.3 light-years from earth. Light, the fastest moving object in the universe, travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second or 671 million miles an hour. A light-year is the distance light travels in a year – roughly 5.5 trillion miles. Incredible, isn’t it!

We see the purpose of all of this in Genesis 1:13 - And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.”

What does God mean when He says, “. . . let them be for signs” . . .? The Hebrew word for signs, 'ôth, means a signal, an omen, a miracle. Not only were the sun, moon, and stars given for light but also for communication. Much has been made about heavenly signs – blood-moons, comets, total eclipses of the sun, etc. We will save that discussion for another time, but please realize the purpose of God’s heavenly creation was more than just light. He would use His creation to communicate to mankind through signs.

The Lord tells Moses in Exodus 4:17, “And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.” The same Hebrew word is used here for the English word, signs. Moses was to do miracles, to pronounce omens with his rod. God placed His rod in the heavens.

Another interesting thought is to consider the meaning of the word seasons. In the original Hebrew, the word actually means an appointed time, an appointment. God keeps His Day-Timer by the seasons of the heavens.

The Jewish feasts have their beginning according to the heavens, Jewish nights are proclaimed according to the stars. God said, “. . . And the evening and the morning were the . . . day.” According to Jewish tradition, the evening begins when three medium-sized stars appear in the night sky.

The heavens are as dramatic as the God who created them.

© 2018 William Kovacic

Comments

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 27, 2018:

Thanks for the newsflash, Jackie. I'll have to be watching the skies tomorrow night!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 26, 2018:

I think it is the 28th we get to see Mars and the moon side by side. No one alive has seen it and none of us ever will again. God has put so very much beauty and wonder on this earth and in the heavens, how could anyone ever possibly doubt Him?

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 03, 2018:

I'm happy that you're happy, Rodric. Thanks for visiting!

Rodric Anthony from Surprise, Arizona on July 01, 2018:

Another excellent hub of yours. I am satisfied that you have an open heart to include the truths God gives to scientists with the truths revealed in Scripture. I am happy with that.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on May 16, 2018:

I thought you would, Lawrence.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on May 16, 2018:

Bill

I totally agree with you.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on May 16, 2018:

I learned a long time ago, Lawrence, that every design requires a designer. Well, need I say more? Thanks for checking in, Buddy!

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on May 12, 2018:

Bill

Great hub here. A few weeks ago I was watching a YouTube series done by Will Smith called 'A very strange rock" where he says "Let me introduce you to possibly the weirdest place in the universe, and guess what? You're standing on it" (in my case I'm sitting, but that's just me being pedantic!)

Our earth is so strange it has to have been put together purposely for life, yet every piece is just as vital as the others, and it's all for God's creation to enjoy and care for!

Blessings

Lawrence

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 27, 2018:

Absolutely, Jack!

Jack Jenn from Nelson Bay NSW Australia. on April 27, 2018:

Hi Bill,

So very true!!

Just makes me aware of my many imperfections.

Where would we be without His love.

Best regards,

Jack.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 27, 2018:

Hi, Jack. What's not to like? I don't mean the way it's written, but the God behind it. We truly serve a great God. He did all this. We rebelled against Him. And He still loves us. How great thou art! Thanks for stopping by, Jack.

Jack Jenn from Nelson Bay NSW Australia. on April 26, 2018:

Hi Bill,

I liked this one too!!!

Jack.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 23, 2018:

You're welcome, Dora. I'm glad it's meaningful for you.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 22, 2018:

Bill, you teach many important aspects of creation in the details you provide. Informative and interesting. Thank you.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 22, 2018:

You're welcome, Lori.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 22, 2018:

So glorious, Tammy! It rules out evolution for me. Only God . . .

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on April 21, 2018:

Thanks Bill. That was a great help.

Tamarajo on April 21, 2018:

All of it is so glorious isn't it? "The heavens declare..." and "the earth is full of His glory."

A beautiful showcasing of His wonders Bill!

God bless!

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 21, 2018:

You're right, Eric. Regardless of what one might think, evolution is a faith-based religion. It's a religion where man becomes his own god rather than acknowledging the true God's presence.Neither evolutionists nor creationists were there in the beginning. Both are an act of faith. Thanks again for adding to the conversation.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 21, 2018:

Hi, Lori. I'll let Matthew Henry speak to this. He says it better than I could.

"No veil can hide us from God's eye, no, not that of the thickest darkness, Psa_139:11, Psa_139:12. “If I say, Yet the darkness shall cover me, when nothing else will, alas! I find myself deceived; the curtains of the evening will stand me in no more stead than the wings of the morning; even the night shall be light about me. That which often favours the escape of a pursued criminal, and the retreat of a beaten army, will do me no kindness in fleeing from them.” When God divided between the light and darkness it was with a reservation of this prerogative, that to himself the darkness and the light should still be both alike. “The darkness darkeneth not from thee, for there is no darkness nor shadow of death where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.” No hypocritical mask or disguise, how specious soever, can save any person or action from appearing in a true light before God. Secret haunts of sin are as open before God as the most open and barefaced villanies."

Hope that helps!

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 21, 2018:

At least I know it's not a waste of time, Bill.Thanks for the push forward!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 21, 2018:

I had to go study the Gap & Big Bang theories. Regardless of how we interpret Genesis one doubting the creationist view is lost in a sea of very uncertain maybes.

Going to Jacob Bronoski's work 'Ascent of Man' really only muddies the waters with evolution along with the lack of final conclusion from Darwin and Wallace regarding man and ultimate evolution.

After reading all those Texts back in the day and reviewing them once again, I am still convinced that all theories require a leap of faith. A faith in God Is the only one with substance.

Thanks again for this wonderful piece.

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on April 21, 2018:

The creation story never gets old. We truly see God's Sovereign and creative power. There are so many Scriptures that talk about spiritual light. But this one has always intrigued me and I was wondering if you have any insight. It of course isn't talking about physical light.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me

and the light become night around me,”

even the darkness will not be dark to you;

the night will shine like the day,

for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139:11-12

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2018:

Whether or not one is a true believer, these articles are fascinating and knowledgeable, so well worth the visit and the few minutes it takes to read and absorb.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 21, 2018:

You win the prize, Eric. You're first again! So happy you're enjoying this series. No doubt, I'll be mixing in some fiction posts from time to time. Thanks for taking time out to read and comment. I know we're all busy, so I appreciate the effort.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 20, 2018:

Alright. I will be back to read again. Such good writing and chuck full of good stuff. I am glad of this series. My 8 yr old is beginning to wonder of such things. I have not reviewed Genesis in a couple of years. So thank you.