3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
Genesis 1:3-5, NKJV
Creation Day 1: Light and Darkness
On the first day, God created light. He then divided that light from the darkness. The light was called Day and the darkness was called Night.
Because the heavens were not created until the second day, let us think about this. We know that when God creates the New Jerusalem there will be no darkness.
There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light.
We assume that God needed the sun to create light, but according to Revelation 22, we see that God Himself can provide light without the means of the sun or moon. Also, as we go through the days of creation, the sun and moon are not even created until the 4th day.
Right from the beginning of the book of Genesis, we find that, though we are made in the image of God, we are not God. We cannot even begin to fathom His amazing abilities. As we walk through these days of creation, we find them mind-boggling. Our God, literally, spoke this world into existence, one day at a time.
For those of you who appreciate a more theological explanation for this view of each day being a 24 hour day, I offer you the following quote I found on this website:
The language of the Genesis account makes it clear that all of creation was formed from nothing in six literal 24-hour periods with no time periods occurring between the days. This is evident because the context requires a literal 24-hour period. The description specifically describes the event in a manner that a normal, common-sense reading understands as a literal day: “And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day” (Genesis 1:1). Further, each sentence in the original language begins with the word “and.” This is good Hebrew grammar and indicates each sentence is built upon the preceding statement, clearly indicating that the days were consecutive and not separated by any period of time. The Genesis account reveals that the Word of God is authoritative and powerful. Most of God’s creative work is done by speaking, another indication of the power and authority of His Word.
As you go about the duties of this day, think of this amazing God we serve. Since God created this world, one day at a time, simply by speaking, cannot we trust Him to lead and guide us these few days we spend on this earth?
God Bless You,