Light: Creation (Gen 1:1-5, 14-19)

1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 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." There was an evening, and there was a morning: one day. (Gen 1:1-5, CSB)

Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will serve as signs for seasons and for days and years. They will be lights in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth." And it was so. God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule over the day and the lesser light to rule over the night—as well as the stars. God placed them in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth, to rule the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. Evening came and then morning: the fourth day. (Gen 1:14-19, CSB)

What lights our daytime? What lights our nights?

If the sun and moon were created on the fourth day, what did the light on the first day look like? Take a guess!

2. In question 1, the word "light" is used literally to mean to illuminate and make something visible and easy to see. But the Bible also uses the word "light" in a different way such as a figure of speech; light is used with a different meaning than light on the first or fourth day of Creation. Take a look at some examples. Can you figure out how light is used in the Bible passage? Underline the words that are about the light in the passage:

This passage is a reference to the Bible:

Your word is a lamp for my feet
and a light on my path. (Ps 119:105, CSB)

Simeon is told by the Holy Spirit that the baby Jesus is the Messiah:

Now, Master,
you can dismiss your servant in peace,
as you promised.
For my eyes have seen your salvation.
You have prepared it
in the presence of all peoples—
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and glory to your people Israel. (Luke 2:29-32, CSB)

Jesus talks about Himself:

Jesus spoke to them again: "I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life." (John 8:12, CSB)

The apostle Paul encourages Christians on how to live:

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light—for the fruit of the light consists of all goodness, righteousness, and truth— (Eph 5:8-9, CSB)

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