Question: If God created the sun on the fourth day, what was the light He created on the first day?
Answer: God did not need to wait for the fourth day when He created the sun 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 effulgence of the presence of God will give more than sufficient light (Isa. 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 (Gen. 1:3). Divine manifestations are usually accompanied by full glory (Ex. 19:16–18; Deut. 33:2; Isa. 33:14; Hab. 3:3–5; Heb. 12:29; etc.). God is described as “everlasting light” (Isa. 60:19, 20) and as dwelling “in the light which no man can approach unto” (1 Tim. 6:16). These physical manifestations are symbolic of the moral purity and perfect holiness that distinguish God’s character (John 1:14; Rom. 3:23; 1 Cor. 11:7).
One of the most notable qualities of light is its power to dispel darkness. On the highest plane, the spiritual, God exhibits this quality in a full degree—the darkness of sin cannot exist in His sight (Hab. 1:13).
Without light there could be no life; and as the Creator began the work of bringing order from chaos and of introducing various 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 action on plants transforms inorganic elements and compounds into food for both man and beast and controls many other natural processes necessary to life.
Light has ever been a symbol of the divine presence. As physical light is essential to physical life, so divine light is necessary if rational 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 apace, He comes again today bidding the shadows of sin, uncertainty, and discouragement flee, saying, “Let there be light.”
In His service,