Genesis One – Day Four – God makes the Sun, the Moon and stars – Genesis 1:14-19 – 01/12/2016
Genesis 1:14 (ESV) And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 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. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
This article is designed to be a slightly more in depth article than I did in the “creation series” elsewhere on this website, Lord willing I hope to look at the full creation week and examine the case for a Biblical creation from the mindset that the bible is accurate and a honest and truthful source of history in how we came to be here. I am not here to attack other mindsets as I appreciate that not everyone shares my view of a biblical history and I do welcome lively debate on the subject regardless of your thoughts or beliefs on how the earth was made.
In order to look at this from a biblical context we must first look at the text in question starting in verse fourteen…
V14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.
God again showed what he was doing in creation by noting that the creation on this day would mark three different timespans…
- signs and for seasons
- for days
- for years
And that is even true today, you could ask my child who is in first grade “ is it light or dark when you wake up?” and she could give you an answer that can be traced all the way back to that scripture.
We are all familiar with the idea of “day”, “night”, “months”, “years” and “spring”, “summer”, “autumn (fall)” or “winter” because we have based our very time, day, dates and years around evidence that we can see on a daily basis, we can see the sky getting darker, we can see the sky getting lighter, only a fool would try to deny that there is a planet that somewhat illuminates the night called the Moon and a planet that gives a greater light in the day called the Sun, we also see our temperature get hotter, colder, wetter and dryer at different intervals in the year, scientists would call that good observational science and I would tend to agree with them.
We also see other lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth; again my first grade daughter would easily tell you that we call them stars. (Which is confirmed by name in the next verse if you don’t wish to trust the wisdom of a six year old.) We again can observe them so it does not take a great deal of faith to believe in something that you can see plainly and interpret what it is.
V16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars.
Once we have had the recipe, we then get the execution and this is where theology and evolutionary scientists depart from each other, one believes that God placed the sun and the moon in exactly the correct place in order to sustain life and another believes in no deity and it is there because it is there.
I prefer the idea of a design that was created by an architect to plan who placed all of the pieces exactly where they were supposed to be, here is my evidence this far…
- Day one – he created the universe, made it light and dark creating the first day
- Day two – he separated the waters from the waters creating the correct climate
- Day three – dry land, vegetation and everything created fully bloomed and ready for man
- Day four – where we are today he placed the sun exactly where it needed to be to be the light sustainer.
If you don’t understand why he did this then it is confirmed in the next few verses…
V17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 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.
Not content with creating them, he placed them exactly where they were meant to go and science continues to show what an expanse that was! They keep finding more and more beautiful stars as our technology catches up to God in so many ways. I see this as a proof of the largeness of God as opposed to being problematic to showing that God created it. For me it humbles me and gives such a perception shift when we realize the size of God that we serve and the fact that if we were to realize this then we would not approach God in the way that we do.
God is a god who deserves all the honor, glory and majesty and once I fully understood this first chapter of genesis that shows the biblical creation account, it truly changed my life and I am truly grateful to my old pastor at Calvary Glasgow who took me to see a man called Ken Ham in a small church in Glasgow back in 2007 on a night that would be not even remembered by anyone who worked that tour, but I was a brand new believer and was still reconciling things in my heart as to what the bible said on many things and that night was really a game changer because that man had so many answers that led me to investigate fully based on the foundational knowledge that I now had. I am truly grateful to the Answers in Genesis organization for organizing that tour.
People ask if there is any life on other planets and I would doubt that because of how this text is finished “And God saw that it was good” and as I stated above, we have so many factors that would have to pre-exist in order to have a sustainable environment for living creatures to survive let alone live, so much so that even the most ardent science fiction person or person who wishes extra-terrestrial life to be the case would even concede that it has very problematic probability of chance based on mathematics alone. I find it to be as the name suggests “science fiction”. It would also call into question why God chose this planet to send his Son Jesus Christ to die and not any others.
God also stated that it was “good” as a reminder that nothing had interrupted creation thus far and everything so far had been from Gods hand, God is a perfect God who does not make mistakes and this is a reminder that everything was going to plan.
V19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
And as if we needed a reminder, God called this the fourth day, a literal day that was not to be interpreted any other way.
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