And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. 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. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.(Genesis 1:3-7)
The first recorded Words of God speaking , are, “Let there be Light!”. John, in His epistle, reminded the disciples, “This is the message we heard from him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all”. God, who is light, energized the world that He had created, by the words, “Let there be light”.
God then commenced His work of division; dividing the light from the darkness, thus creating days. The Creation would take six literal days, a day consisting of “evening and morning”. By repeating the expression, “evening and morning” the Creator is drawing our attention to the fact that these are literal days as we know them.
That evening comes first, then morning, reflects wider truth, that darkness precedes the light; in creation, salvation, and eschatologicly. Darkness covered all created matter, until God spoke, diffusing all with light. Clarity and form took place, and the creation began to teem with life.
In my own life, I was in darkness, moral and spiritual, until the Word of God came into me, rocking my world, showing everything in its true nature, in the light of God. “The True light now shineth“, for all who have received the Word of life and light.
And at the end of man’s time on earth, at the time of the “Day of the LORD, comes a period of darkness , a time of tribulation so intensely dark, Jesus warned us,
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(Luke 21:25-26)
But all of earth’s tribulation and gloom is to be followed by the breaking of a glorious new day, in which the Lord promises,
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.(Malachi 4:2)
Even in Creation and in the pattern of evening and morning, we see shades of what the Palmist sang of, Weeping endures for the night, but joy comes in the morning…(Psalm 30).
On the second day, the Creator continued His work of separation, by dividing the waters above, from the waters beneath. He did so , once again by Divine command, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters…”. The Hebrew word ‘firmament’, raqia, means an expanse , or a spread out area.
The separation of the waters involved placing water on earth, and waters in a canopy over the atmosphere, ie the firmament. The waters below would become the salt and fresh water systems, necessary to sustain life. The waters above would be a canopy of protection, creating greenhouse conditions for life.
But there are shades also of the end, dimly perceived at the beginning. The waters, are a metaphor for peoples, in the later scripture.
The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, for ever.(Psalm 93:1-5)
But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.(Isaiah 57:20-21)
At the end, God shall again divide the waters, taking some above and sending others below, for though presently, “…This is their hour and the power of darkness…”(Luke 22:53), the new day is soon to dawn with the rising of the Sun of Righteousness, and the great White throne judgment of all men shall commence, on the basis of the acceptance or rejection of God’s appointed way, Jesus Messiah.Get ready everybody!