Studies in Genesis 1
And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. (Gen 1:19 ESV)
On the first day of creation God said “let there be light” and “separated the light from darkness.” He declared light “good.” He called light “day” and darkness He named “night.”
On the fourth day of creation God created physical objects which, by their nature and according to the laws of nature, cast light throughout the universe. He created the stars. One of those stars He designated the “greater light to rule the day.” Our Sun came into existence. As Earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the Sun there are periods of time of light and darkness, of day and night.
Yet, He also created a “lesser light to rule the night.” This is our Moon which does not, according to its nature and the laws of the universe, generate light. Our Moon only reflects light from the Sun to Earth during specific times. But not all of the time do we see the reflection of the Moon, which revolves around the Earth but does not rotate on its axis.
Though we know some nights are darker than others yet there is always some light, dim and weak, reaching the surface of the Earth, from the stars of the universe.
We gaze upon the Moon and make its light romantic, for it chases away just enough of the darkness to allow us to faintly see that which surrounds us. We do not see clearly yet our imaginations fill in the blanks, most often with that which we want to see, not with that which is true.
No one gazes at the Sun. Its light is so intense it would burn eyes and blind. But we see what is truly there in the light of the Sun. Nothing is hidden. All is laid bare.
On the fourth day God gave a means to measure time, though “days and years” and “seasons” of the year. “Season” is an appointed time which occurs on a schedule at the same time each year and which signals a specific activity or occurrence. Once night has come day follows, for day follows night as night follows day. Once a season has begun it will come to an end and the next season will begin, each season following in succession. Time moves and never repeats.
At the evening of the fourth day all is in place, prepared for what will come with the dawning of the fifth day. God’s purpose and plans for Earth are sure and unstoppable, true and open for all to see and know.