Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
The title of this series is called “Creation: The Clearly Seen Invisible,” which I will also refer to as “CSI” because we will actually conduct a Creation Scene Investigation. We will begin this study of how creation reveals the invisible things of God in Genesis or “in the beginning”…
1 In the beginning God created ° the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And 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 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
First off, I want to point out that I intend to take you beyond your typical Sunday school lesson. I have found that it is important to ~study~ the Bible (not to mention, the Word says we ought to “study to shew thyself approved unto God”-2 Timothy 2:15); therefore, we should do a close reading whenever approaching the Bible. But most importantly, always ask the Holy Spirit to “guide you into all truth” [John 16:13] because the Word is “spirit” and “life” [John 6:63]. Since we are discussing Genesis 1, you need to be aware of the gap theory, which is the theory that there is a large “gap” representing unknown events that occurred between verse 1 and verse 2 in Genesis 1. Why is this important to know? Because it has often been debated by scholars whether the earth was created “without form and void” or if something happened to the earth for it to be in such a state.
Scholars propose the gap theory, stating that some cataclysmic event destroyed the face of the earth—most likely, a pre-Noah flood—because the earth was dark, void, and covered with water. Scholars also speculate that the war in heaven and Satan’s fall from heaven onto Earth described in Revelation 12 occurred during this time:
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
We do not have much detail about this event and we are left to speculate exactly when the fall of Satan occurred. One of the reasons, why the gap theory should be of consideration is because it addresses the question, “Did God create darkness?” Moreover, would He “create” an earth that is without form and void? Other evidence supporting the gap theory include God’s first command given to Adam and Eve: “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue” the Earth, indicating that the Earth was filled before Adam [Gen. 1:28].
Regardless of where you stand with the gap theory, we know that darkness is present on earth sometime after God created heaven and earth. With darkness present, the 1st words that God speaks (to our knowledge) is “Let there be light” and there was light [Gen. 1:3]. Next, God “saw” the light and “it was good.” Why would God even mention that light was good? Was He praising Himself for His work or was he letting us know for our benefit? I would say the latter. How would knowing that light is good benefit us? Well, let’s continue….After God said that it (light) was good, he divided the light from the darkness. After this division, he called the light Day, and the dark Night, and the evening and the morning was the first day. Notice, the evening came first in contrast to our concept of the day, where the morning precedes the evening. However, the evening was originally considered to be the beginning of the day, which is why the Jews observe the Sabbath from our Friday evening (beginning of sunset) until Saturday evening (end of sunset). Now back to the question: “Why is it beneficial for us to know that the light was good?”…this may relate to why the evening comes before the morning and why we are first introduced to darkness covering the earth, regardless to whether there’s a “gap” in events or not. I believe that the author of Genesis was led by the Spirit to introduce the theme of darkness coming first on Earth because God was letting us know that He was in control during this period of darkness and that He had a plan of redemption for mankind from the very beginning. Hopefully, this will become clear as we come to know more about the light and darkness in this Creation Scene Investigation series. The next part “Greater Light, Lesser Light” is now available.
Love & Light,
[Note to readers: this blog has been shortened for the sake of brevity and clarity. The omitted portion will be available in the next part.]