God Is The Light Of The
By Gwen Hamlin, R.I.P.
“In the beginning
God created the heavens and the earth … And God said ‘Let there be
light’…God saw it was good,” (Gen 1:1 & 4). This is the first known
creative words “spoken” by God. And there “was” light – and He divided light
from darkness – then it was the first day.
I personally enjoy the
translation of Torah which says “Let there be light in the expanse of the
sky to separate day from night, they shall serve as signs for the set times
– days and the years, as they shall serve as lights in the expanse of the
sky to light up the earth.” And it was so. Two great lights, the sun and
the moon are part of creation but have none of the divine status attributed
to them in ancient mythologies.
There are many
references in Scripture about God’s light. A familiar one is Isaiah 42:6:
God speaks to Israel that they are to be “a light to the nations”.
When Israel was leaving Egypt to be free, they all had light in their
dwellings but their slave masters had none.
The sages of Torah
define this first primal light as filling the entire universe, light in its
pure state, so intense that humans could not gaze on it. The fourth day of
creation, God created lesser lights: the sun, moon, stars in the heavens.
“God is the Light of
the World”. Today God reveals this true light in His Word if we ask Him, and
seek His truth.
As I think of the true
original light, I imagine it to be like a sheet of lightening in a storm –
not as an electric light bulb. I had not realized this truth before as we
observe God’s purity and holiness and try to imagine “His” light today.
The luminaries provided
the light necessary to maintain life (v16). To rule over day and night, the
sun, moon, stars were created carrying out God’s perfect will. Pagan impulse
to deify the heavenly bodies for their light-giving properties, and to
worship sun, moon and stars is wrong. We are to worship the Creator – not
Genesis is the book of
origins of all the Creator brought into being. Most agree these 50 chapters
of creation were written by Moses who was well qualified, trained in the
wisdom of Egypt and educated to write this history.
Psalm 119:105, “Thy
Word Is A Lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path”.
Revelation 21:23 speaks
of “the end of days when there is a new heaven and a new earth”. The
New Jerusalem will reflect God’s light and there will be no need for sun,
moon and stars. The Lord will give the light, Rev. 22:5.