In our previous post, I mentioned the first few verses of Genesis 1, where it says, “Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water. God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light! God saw that the light was good, so God separated the light from the darkness” —Genesis 1:2-4
There is some cool stuff here. When it says that He “created light,” the Hebrew word here is different then you expect. For instance, in a couple of verse we are told that on the fourth day, God created the Sun. That doesn’t make any sense! How in the world did God light up the Earth on the first day, if the Sun wasn’t even created until the fourth day? <Hear sirens blaring> We have just found an inconsistency! <more sirens blaring>
Well, let me explain because this gets really exciting. The Hebrew word used here is “owr.” This isn’t talking about something that emits light—like the sun or a light bulb next to your desk. No. “Owr” means illumination, enlightenment, understanding. Ooh, I just saw your eyes pop open on that . . .
That’s right. When the Bible says that God is light, it says Elohim is owr. This word is associated with life and joy—positive things. Now, move down to the fourteenth verse, when it starts to talk about there being lights in the sky to divide day and night, and in the sixteenth verse, when God says he created the sun and the moon. There is an entirely different word. Here, the Hebrew word is meotor. Yes, it is the root of our modern word, Meteor. Meotor means an object that emits light. Since the state of the Universe before the first day was darkness and in chaos, it must have been that it was an unsatisfactory state, or God wouldn’t have created changed it, by creating light.
At the very least, it wasn’t capable of supporting life; and things that go against, or inhibit, or end life are considered against God. So, when God created light, owr (singular), He created illumination and enlightenment, a basic requirement for life. When God created the lights, meotor (plural) He created objects that emit light waves. Light waves that allow humans and animals to use the organs God created for them—their eyes, and for plants to engage in their method of living, photosynthesis. However, in Revelation, we are told that when God destroys the old earth, and creates a new one, there will no longer be meotors—light emitting objects like a sun or moon, but that God Himself will be our light—our illumination, our enlightenment. It is this same type of godly light mentioned here in verses three and four, but not in verses fourteen and sixteen. What I am saying is that He took chaos and darkness, and created cosmos (order) and enlightenment. (You can jump up and shout, now. This should wake up some dormant questions and ignite your heart!).
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