Now before there was light, there was darkness upon the face of the earth, and it was without form and void (empty)… no inhabitants…! So God decided to do something about the Darkness and the emptiness.

Gen 1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament [the expanse of the sky] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters [below] from the waters [above].

Gen 1:7 And God made the firmament [the expanse] and separated the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse. And it was so.

Let us just talk about the waters for a moment.

In the year 600 of Noah’s life, in the seventeenth day of the second month, that same day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up and burst forth, and the windows and floodgates of the heavens were opened. Gen 7:11-12 And it rained upon the earth forty days and forty nights… The number 40 stands for “Challenges, Endurance, Persevere, and the number of Testing, Trials, Chastisement or Temptations.

Gen 1:8 And God called the firmament Heavens. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

Again the EVENING first, and then the MORNING.  We think that the morning is a start of a new day.  But your new day started the day before. Let us look at Gen 44:3 As soon as the morning [which started at 12h00am] was light, the men [Joseph’s brother’s] were sent away, they and their donkeys.

Now let’s jump to

Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens

to separate the day from the night,

and let them be signs and tokens [of God’s provident care], and [to mark] seasons, days, and years,

Gen 8:22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Gen 1:15 And let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light upon the earth. And it was so.

Exo 10:23 The Egyptians could not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days; but all the Israelites had natural light in their dwellings…. In other words, Jesus was walking around in their places while it was dark in the rest of Egypt.  Jesus (the Light in spiritual form) visited the Israelites in their homes.

Gen 1:16 And God made the two great lightsthe greater light (the sun) to rule the day and the lesser light (the moon) to rule the night. He also made the stars.

MADE = The lights are MADE and not created. They were originally created with other parts of the Universe in the beginning.  Now they are MADE to fulfil their creative purposes again in a newly restored earth.  The work of Day I proves the existence of these lights at that time, for we have light and the division of day and night.  Not only do we have the fact that the sun existed, but also that the daily movement of the earth on its axis was in action. 

The lights shone on day 1 and 2, but not upon the earth, for it was under water until day 3.  With earth restored, the permanent regulation of the planets was the next natural step.

Gen 1:17 And God set them [the sun and moon] in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth,

Gen 1:18 To rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good (fitting, pleasant) and He approved it.

Psa 74:16 The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have established the [starry] light and the sun.

There are 8 Reasons why God made the two great lights…

  • To divide day and night;
  • separate the light from the darkness;
  • Be for signs
  • Be for Seasons
  • Be for days
  • Be for Years
  • To give light on earth
  • To rule day and night eternally

And this conclude the 4th part in this exciting series, till next time.

  Shalom, Ps. Nomsa