Genesis1verses3-5 Introduce Creation as seen from Earth
Here is what Genesis1verses3-5 say:
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.
Comments about other translations:
The meaning seems to be clear. In verse 4, divided can be translated separated.
Commentary on the meaning:
Given the perspective of this site, these verses are now talking not about the original creation of earth, but a re-creating or total makeover of an earth that had previously existed in a beautiful state and then become a wasteland because of Lucifer’s rebellion as Satan, the Destroyer.
Recall that darkness was upon the waters (which waters apparently covered the entirety of the earth’s surface) – Genesis 1:2. The Bible makes it clear that God IS light, or Light (see for example I john 1:5). Throughout the Bible, the things of God are often referred to in terms of light, whereas darkness (the absence of light) is present wherever Satan and his schemes are present. (See for example Matthew 4:16, John 8:12, and 2 Corinthians 4:4-6 – where Satan is the one referred to as the god of this world, and the light is of the gospel, or good news, of Jesus Christ, God’s Son.) –All this adds credence to Genesis 1:2 referring to not a new-but-unfinished earth, but rather to a once-beautiful earth largely destroyed because of Satanic rebellion against a loving God.
Verses three through five are often referred to as the first day of creation – the first of six or seven in “creation week”. If you read ahead (verses 14 through 19) about events on the fourth day and then come back here, you might ask: “How can there be evening and morning and days one through three, when it says that God placed the sun and the moon on the fourth day?”
Here is what I believe to be the answer: Remember that we are coming from the perspective that the earth is here being renewed – remodeled, or, better, renovated. Since it existed before in a beautiful state (and with life besides the angels on it), at least the sun and moon and some/many/most – if not all – of the stars also were created before, when the earth was. Whether it is correct understanding of the words or not I am not sure, but some people make a distinction between the Hebrew words for created and made. Regardless of the exact and appropriate meaning of the words, notice that what is said in verses 14 through 19 does not necessarily say that the sun and moon and stars (or some of them) were first created at that time.
Consider this: Darkness covered the earth. The story here can be seen as telling about the renovation of earth from the standpoint of someone looking up or out from the surface of the earth. That makes sense of all these verses. –The degree to which the darkness (possibly unbelievably dense/thick) was removed by the light and replaced from no light to some(hazy?) light to clear vision of the sun, moon, and stars could have been gradually over those few days.
Note concerning the evenings and mornings: To the ancient Hebrews and Israel, a 24-hour day started at sunset and thus, chronologically went from the evening (darkness) to and through the following daylight. Thus, we are told throughout the chapter here that the evening and the morning were the ____ day.
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