|The first "official" day of creation is in Genesis 1:3-5. In this day, God creates light and decrees when and where the light will be. This is the day of defining day and night.
3 "Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
|God has made motion and formed and shaped in the previous verse. God now speaks in the Bible. Throughout the Bible, writers make note of God as the originator and controller of light and darkness (2 Cor. 4:6; John 1:1, 14; John 8:12).
God distinctly separates and names night, the absence of light, and day, the presence of light. This variation of day and night clearly means the earth is rotating. There is a light, though not the sun, on one side of the earth in order to give days and nights. Scientifically, the spinning will result in gravity and other major forces, such as centrifugal force. God is planning the distinct definition and borders of a day. It is here where 24 hour believers base some of their belief. Genesis in trying to guard against any readers deriving the notion of nonliteral days.
What is this light? It is clear it is visible light positioned in space. However, there is no reason to believe that it is ONLY visible light. God has just created the entire electro-magnetic spectrum, visible light, ultraviolet, and infrared, gravitational, and nuclear forces.
Sometime prior to the third day, God may have created His angels. Some say it was on this first day. This is probably from the scripture putting the angels being created prior to the laying of the solid foundations of the land (Ps. 104:2-5). A theory as to why the angels AND the Fall of Lucifer is probably the emphasis and plan God was placing the universe in place with its inhabitants, not heavenly creatures.
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