We have previously discussed the difference between "created" ( Hebrew "bara") and "made" (Hebrew "asah"). To briefly refresh your memory; "created" means that God created something that at no time in the past had ever existed. "Made," on the other hand means "to form, assemble, and arrange from its previous state of usefulness to that form of beautification, so as to be used by God for His purpose."
It is interesting to notice that from Genesis 1:1 where God created the heavens and the earth; the word "created" (Hebrew "bara") does not appear again until the Fifth Day in Verse 20. Everything from Verse 2 to Verse 19 has to do with remodeling the earth in four days. These elements had previously been associated with the original creation, where Lucifer and the angels resided. Lucifer's sin brought about God's judgment on the earth, rendering it "without form and void." The angels are now disembodied spirit beings, leaving the earth uninhabitable and in a chaotic ruin. Now let us see what elements , which were previously created and were with the original creation, that God is now going to reactivate and position in His remodeling process.
1. Water - Nowhere does it say from Verses 2 to 19 that water was created to be used as part of the renovation of the earth. Why would that be? Very simply, because water had already been created and in existence at the original creation. Notice in Genesis 1:2, it was water that God used to cover the earth as part of His judgment on the original creation (Genesis 1:2). God had all the water He had previously created, He didn't need any more. If you will notice, on the Second Day of His renovation, that there was so much water that He had to divide it, as recorded in Verses 6,7.
"And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the WATERS, and let it divide the WATERS from the WATERS." (V.6) "And God made (not created) the firmament, and divided the WATERS which were under the firmament: and it was so." (V.7)
The fact is, water had already been created, possibly millions of years ago when God originally created the earth. The proof is, that the earth in its ruined condition was covered with water as found in Verse 2, before He ever started to renovate the earth in 4 days. Therefore, in Genesis 1:6,7, God very simply and precisely stated, He is separating the waters, repositioning them, leaving some on the earth, putting some in the clouds, etc. This is God's renovation in action on the Second Day. The same water He used in judgment of the original creation, He is now repositioning to support human life, aquatic life and animal life that will appear in the Fifth and Sixth Days.
2. Light - The existence of light has caused a big problem to the skeptic and infidel. Their basic reasoning is, on the First Day God said, "Let there be light: and there was light;" but, light was not created until the 4th day when God created the sun, moon, and stars. These atheists pride themselves in their so-called wisdom, thus advancing their claim theat the Bible is just a "story book" made up by man who contradicted himself concerning light that existed in the First Day before it was created on the Fourth Day. In other words, How can there be light before God created Light?
The first thing I would like to point out is that God never said he CREATED light on the First Day or the Fourth Day. Nowhere can you find the word "created" concerning this in the English Text, nor can you find it in the Hebrew Masoretic Text. The Hebrew for "created" is "bara" and is not found used in reference to the First or Fourth Day of remodeling the earth. Maybe these intellectuals should brush up on their reading of English and Hebrew before they share all their wisdom with us! Enough of that! Now let us go on and examine the First Day as recorded in Genesis 1:3-5.
Here is the Record:
"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." (V.3)
"And God saw the light that ("it was" not in the original) good: and God divided the light from the darkness." (V.4)
"And God called the light Day and the darkness he called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." (V.5).
In Verse 3, "Let there be light" would be better put into English as "Allow there to be light," as "Let" in the Hebrew means "to release or to allow." Since God did not create light, then where did it come? It had to exist in order for God to release and allow it to be observed as the substance that it is; that is--light. Since God did not create light, it must have always been. Therefore God, Who has always been, as we are going to see, is that light.
In Psalms 5:30; 89:15 and 90:8 it is recorded, in part in each verse, these words, "...in the LIGHT of thy (God's) countenance." Everything God is, is light himself. His light, concerning Himself, is not limited to Himself, internally; but, flows externally, lighting up everything that exists. Only when He restrains His own light from illuminating does darkness occur. We have an example of God's light, lighting the Second Jerusalem, a city prepared for the redeemed; It is the size of the United States, coming down from God out of Heaven. Here is the record of God's Word in Revelation 21:22,23,25:
"And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine in it: for the glory of God did LIGHTEN it, and the Lamb is the LIGHT thereof. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be NO NIGHT there."
Concerning God's light, Revelation 22:5 further states,
"And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they (the saved) shall reign for ever and ever."
May we also take notice of I John 1:5 which speaks of God's light.
"This is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."
With this in mind, let us go back to Genesis 1:2 and notice that when God's judgment rendered the earth without form and void, it also included withdrawing the light and leaving the earth in total darkness. There were two light "switches," so to speak, that had to be shut off. Therefore, the sun, moon, and stars, which had previously been created, were to light the original creation. God had rendered them inactive, thus shutting off the first "switch" of light. Yet, God's light from Himself would have radiated an ever-enveloping and continuous light upon the original creation. God, therefore, threw the second "switch, placing a barrier by His Word, refraining His light from illuminating the earth, thus leaving it in a chaotic condition and completely surround by darkness, as found in Verse 2 of Genesis One.
PART 6 NEXT TIME.