If the sun was made on the 4th day, what was the light God made on the 1st day?

Author: BibleAsk Team


God Is Light

True, God created the sun on the 4th day. But, He did not need to wait until then to have light. The very presence of God emits light which is His glory.  The Bible says in Revelation when God is in the city, there’s no night there, because He is the light. “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it” (Revelation 21:23). The glorious light of the presence of God will give more than sufficient light to illuminate the city (Isaiah 60:19, 20).

In the Bible, light is closely associated with Deity. When the Lord set His hand to creation, light was the first element to be brought into existence (Genesis 1:3). Divine revelations are usually accompanied by full glory (Exodus 19:16–18; Deuteronomy 33:2; Isaiah 33:14; Habakkuk 3:3–5; Hebrews 12:29; etc.). God is described as “everlasting light” (Isaiah 60:19, 20) and as dwelling “in the light which no man can approach unto” (1 Timothy 6:16). These physical creationist are symbolic of the moral purity and holiness that are distinct of God’s character (John 1:14; Romans 3:23; 1 Corinthians 11:7).

One of the most notable qualities of light is its power to kick away darkness. On the highest level, the spiritual, God manifests this quality in a full degree—the darkness of sin cannot exist in His presence (Habakkuk 1:13). Without light there could be no life; and as the Creator began the work of bringing order from chaos and of creating different forms of plant and animal life upon the earth, it was essential that there be light. Light is a visible form of energy, which by its work on plants changes the inorganic elements into food for both man and beast and governs many other natural processes needed for life.

Light has ever been a sign of the divine presence. As physical light is necessary to physical life, so divine light is essential if human beings are to have moral and spiritual life. “God is light” (1 John 1:5); and to those in whose hearts the work of recreating the divine likeness is going on, the Lord appears and casts the works of sin, doubt, and discouragement away, commanding, “Let there be light.”

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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