Dark vs Light – Night vs Day

Genesis 1:1-5, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

“Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.”

Genesis 1:14-19, “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”

John 1:1-5, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

John 8:12, “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 9:4-5, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

John 12:35-36, “Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.”

I spent this last week in prayer and listening to some really great preaching and teaching. It’s amazing when you think of the Lord’s timing in even what seems like the little things. I came across a Rabbi and Pastor, yes a Rabbi AND Pastor (he’s a Messianic Jewish Rabbi and a Christian Pastor!) in my searches for some Biblical preaching. Now, he is well known among a lot of Christians, yet I had not been aware of him or his ministry. I don’t watch a lot of TV Evangelists, yet I was truly drawn to him. His name is Jonathan Cahn and he leads the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel, a worship center made up of Jews and Gentiles, people of all backgrounds, just outside New York City, in Wayne, New Jersey, as well as being founder of Hope Of The World Ministries.

This is all leading up to a question that he asked of his viewing audience that really got me thinking; “What comes first, the Day or the Night?” Now mind you, I had an idea based on some Scripture but I had no idea the significance of it in the Jewish lifestyle. It truly opened up some thoughts on the Lord and His relationship with us, His children.

Oh? The answer to the question? According to what Pastor Cahn said about Jewish Law, the Old Testament Covenant and the lifestyle, it’s the night that comes first and turns to day! Now I don’t want to give it all away, because I recognized a correlation that Pastor/Rabbi Cahn didn’t cover in his short video clip.

When I listened to him speaking the Scriptures in Genesis came to me and I had to double check what I was thinking. Now I want you to think of this; the Bible says that the earth was without FORM, in other words, it was nothing like we know of it today. AND, it was void. What is a void? It’s a word to describe a type of emptiness or an undistinguishable ruin and it goes hand-in-hand with the fact the earth had no consistent form. But what does the Word continue to say? “And DARKNESS was upon the face of the deep.” Now I don’t usually spell out the meanings in the original during my teaching because usually I just incorporate it in a lesson, but here I want to show some subtle differences to bring about a point.

The Word “deep” in the original Hebrew implies a “main sea, or a subterranean water supply.” Remember, the earth at this time is not necessarily the shape we recognize it as today. God was still in the process of forming it. He spoke His Word, His laws, into existence and the process began. But then the writer of Genesis goes on to say, “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

So now we see the word “deep,” which was explained, but now we also have the word “waters.” Well if deep implies some sort of waters, why the duplication? Because in the original Hebrew the word used for “waters,” means “like juice, or waste.” Many times this is the word to describe urine, yes, that urine. What it means is that the waters were not yet the purity or even the consistency that we know of today and most probably due to the sediments of the still forming earth.

Okay, the earth was still in the process of forming, the waters were still within the earth or in a few areas and they were still full of sediment and minerals. But here’s the thing, it was DARKNESS that was upon or covering the earth. Atmosphere, or what we know as the sky had not yet been placed into the creation of earth yet by God’s commands and laws. His “DAY” had not been finished yet and the earth was surrounded by darkness.

But then, because God IS Omnipotent, He spoke and commanded “Let there be light,” and of course we know then that the darkness surrounding the earth was accompanied by light, because the Lord saw that it was good and He then divided the light from the dark. Now I want you to consider and contemplate this thought: God had not yet finished with His “day.” God then, after separating the light from the darkness, “called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.” This was ALL before He created the Sun and Moon as we know them which comes at a LATER “day.”

Now here’s an interesting thought to speculate on; in the Gospel of John, the Apostle writes, “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” – John 8:12. Jesus states that HE is the Light of the world. Now go back and read John 1:1-5 I have posted above. In the beginning the LIGHT (Jesus) was with God as the Word, and as the Word He was God and everything stated to this point (and beyond, I might add) was created by Him. It should be no surprise then to realize that when God commanded there to be light, it would come to pass and there WOULD be light!

Then what did the writer of Genesis put to pen? “So the evening and the morning were the first day.” Thus, God Almighty, the Creator completed the first day of creation. What was the culmination of that creation? Besides setting things in motion and creating the heavens and the earth to begin with, He commanded there to be light amongst the darkness, and He separated the light from the dark and He called the light Day and the dark He called Night. Night and day, makes up one day, by all accounts. What came first? The darkness was there over the earth in the beginning and when He separated the darkness from light, He also created a separation for mankind (though mankind was only a thought in His plan at this time) for us to have a way to determine the passage of time and seasons. So, darkness or Night was first followed by the light or Day which was created to separate the two.

Okay, now let us jump ahead to “day” four. God established the heavens and the sky, and he gathered the waters together and separated them from the dry land which He called Earth. He created the grasses and herbs with seeds that would come from there own kind.

So now God Almighty created the “lights” in the firmament, a word in the original Hebrew that means “expanse, or visible arch in the sky.” He made them “for signs and seasons, and for days and years;” again with the plan of mankind in His mind. Now read again what He created; the greater light to rule over the day, which we know as the Sun and the lesser light to rule over the night, which we know as the Moon and then it says almost as an afterthought, oh, yes, He made the stars too. AND, they were meant to divide the light from the darkness! “And God saw that it was good.” He saw that it was “good.” In the original it means just that, “a good thing, pleasant, best, worthy, beautiful, favorable,” all these words describe what God saw in His creation.

Now I want to depart a little and explain to you what I see as what in “religious” circles is often termed as a “type or shadow” of something. It is usually a sign or a situation that can be identified as something in the natural to describe something in the spiritual.

If you have read the Scripture verses I have posted above from the Gospel of John I would like to reveal something to you that I saw in the presentation I heard from Pastor Cahn and in relation with the Creation accounts I described above.

God is Spirit, He is Omnipotent, All-Powerful, Omniscient, All-Knowing, Omnipresent, All-Everywhere and Every time. He lives outside of time in the Eternal and Infinite and yet in all time as well. Imagine Him AND the Word as the Sun, the great source of power and light in our solar system. No one can look upon the Sun in the face of its awesome power and glory (okay give me this one, I know, but with the naked eyes), for remember, even Moses when taken up to the Holy Mountain had to be hid in the cleft of a rock as the Spirit of God passed by and even then, God’s glory burned and shone on his face for days! So it is with the Sun.

What does the Moon do for us? It REFLECTS the Light of the Sun. It keeps the night-time darkness at bay, it reveals to us in a way we can see it, the Glory of the Sun, PLUS, it shows us the times and the seasons and what to expect in the future. Imagine, the Son of God coming to Earth in a form that is just like man, all-man, yet at the same time, all-God, for what purpose? To reveal the Glory of God to us, to show us in Him, Christ Jesus what we can’t visibly see in the Father. If you see Jesus, you have seen the Father (John 14:7-9). Jesus IS the Light in the darkness of the world! Yet, He doesn’t say or do anything unless His Father tells Him, He REFLECTS the Father in all He says and does! (John 5:19, John 7:16, John 12:49, John 14:10).

How about the Earth? The Earth receives the rays of the Sun, it warms us, blesses us, gives us crops and fair-weather in which to live. But we on the Earth, (without filters and such) can’t look directly upon it. So consider this. The Light of Christ Jesus still shines within our hearts and chases away the darkness. He still through His Words and His Spirit let’s us know the times and seasons in the world. But Christ Jesus has ascended to His Father’s Throne and Right-Hand.

But because we have seen Him and KNOW Him, we now KNOW the Father’s Glory and Power! His Light now abides within us and we can abide in His Light. Now WE are the reflection on the Earth to those around us in darkness! The Power of the Son is now reflected from us to those around us! How amazing is that?

Understand this that no natural situation, circumstance or substance within nature itself can perfectly demonstrate the shadow or type of the spiritual. But remember the words that the Apostle Paul wrote to the Roman church, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” – Romans 1:20-21.

Man in the final tally of things is without excuse because God CREATED nature to portray His Character, Nature and Attributes. One day every one of mankind will stand before God Almighty and either recognize Him as Heavenly Father or Final Judge. (Romans 14:11-12, Philippians 2:9-10).

In this day and age, we either reflect the Light, Glory and Majesty of the Father and the Word, or we walk in darkness. The hope and the promise we ALL have though is that the darkness WILL turn to light for that is how our Heavenly Father created our existence and that is how the cycle of darkness to light still continues to this day!

Are you TRULY walking in the Light of Day? If you are not, you can, by accepting Jesus Christ as the Gift that the Father sent to mankind on earth for that very reason. Accepting Him is easy, there is nothing you have to do or can do to earn this Gift. All you have to do is recognize that He IS the Son of God, that His death on the Cross of Calvary was for you AND everyone that was ever created or ever will be. His Blood cleanses us from sin, His Blood is the ONLY payment for us walking in darkness from the beginning. Why don’t you walk into the daylight and allow the Light of the Son to reflect upon you the Father’s unlimited and unconditional love and you will never walk in darkness again!

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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