In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Genesis 1:1-5 (ESV)
The story of creation is so beautiful, so complete and so unimaginable to the human mind. God simply spoke and His word created! There is much to discover within the story of creation, but for now let’s focus in on the establishment of light and time.
On the first day of creation, God spoke light into existence and separated the light from the darkness. In doing so, He, an eternal being, created time and declared the passing of a day and night as the first day ever. Take note that this light existed without prior creation of the sun, moon or stars. These additional lights in the sky did not appear till day four of God’s creation.
Then God commanded, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate day from night and to show the time when days, years, and religious festivals begin; they will shine in the sky to give light to the earth”—and it was done.
Genesis 1:14-15 (GNT)
The question is, if day and night was already established from day one, why did God create a sun, moon and stars to further separate day from night? The answer is because He already had a relationship with mankind in mind and was creating all these things for our benefit! God is eternal and yet he created time and ways for us to measure time in order to ensure we always know the times and seasons of God’s appointed feasts. He did not want us to miss His appointed times!
God not only gave us the sun, moon and stars to keep tract of time, He intended for them to be signs of times…a way of announcing God’s presence or arrival.
There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars…
Luke 21:25 NIV
Recall the star that led the Magi to Bethlehem (Matthew 2:2)? A prophetic star arose and led the Magi to the Messiah. However, not everyone was aware of this star’s presence. Herod specifically questioned the Magi concerning the details of when the star appeared and crowds obviously did not swarm and flock toward the newborn according to the gospel account. Why not? Because only the Magi were watching, looking and documenting the changing sky and noticed something new.
The star was not like a flashlight blinding the Holy family and alerting the masses. It was a prophetic star, but observable only to those who were studying the stars. Though we are not well studied astronomers, we all ought to be watching, looking up and awaiting the announcement of our Messiah’s return as He has promised to His wakeful people. Nowadays, we have modern day Magi called NASA who tracks and documents the patterns and images of the sun, moon and stars. If you’ve ever looked at Hubble telescope images, you know they are far beyond what the Magi could have ever hoped to see!
As the story of creation continues, we know that God saved the best for last…man and woman on the sixth day. Awe! Another beautifully rich and meaningful union established to unveil the mysteries of God’s glory that we will most definitely be blogging about as things continue to unfold. Even so, creation was not yet complete without a day of rest. Again, remember that God’s creation is designed for a unique relationship with mankind. He surely was not a weary, exhausted God in need of rest from simply speaking creation into being. Absolutely not! Instead, He was establishing a pattern for us to follow, a sense of time to meet with us, an example of holiness in setting time aside, a form of marking the passing of time or work done, an establishment of expectation and anticipation. Therefore, the 7th day known as the Sabbath, is to the Lord for our benefit.
and keep my Sabbaths holy that they may be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.
Ezekiel 20:20 ESV
And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
Mark 2:27 ESV
Seven is a recurring number in the Bible that always signifies completeness and is often associated with rest and/or forgiveness. Keep this in your forethought as we continue our study.
What is so amazing about the Bible is that whatever knowledge base you best relate to whether it be math, science, agriculture, astronomy, geometry, psychology, music, culinary arts, history, etc., scripture engages all our modes of learning and points us to God the Creator and Author of all these things. Praise be to God!
– John and Jenn