Genesis 1:17-19

And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. (Genesis 1:17-19, ESV)

Up until the point God created the sun, moon, and stars, we have the presence of a mysterious light.  This is the light God spoke into existence in His first words of the universe’s creation.  How unusual for the light to be created before the sun, moon, and stars.  It is nothing we would expect–or at least not me, anyway.

It has become a point of difficulty for some Christians.  The question directed at the Christian goes something like this, “You mean you actually believe there was light before there were stars?”

We’ve been embarrassed at times and actually backed down.  We’ve tried to shuffle the order God gives in Genesis like a deck of cards, explaining it as a metaphor, or something of that nature.  We actually run the danger of looking like we’re saying the God we believe created the universe can’t remember the order He created the universe in!  That is way more far-fetched than believing there could be light before the stars, sun, and moon.  (By the way, the moon does give light to the earth, as a reflector.)

Of all the things there are to be troubled about, one of mine isn’t how God could have created light before the stars and sun.  Here is the logic I would offer:

  • I believe God created the Heavens and the earth.
  • To believe God created the Heavens and the earth, I have to believe God has awesome supernatural power.
  • Since I believe God has awesome supernatural power, the appearance of light before the sun or stars is no big deal.

I understand why someone who doesn’t believe God created the Heavens and the earth would have a problem with how God created the Heavens and the earth!  That makes sense.  What I don’t understand is why someone who does believe God created the Heavens and the earth would have a problem with how He did it!

And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. (Genesis 1:17-19, ESV)

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