Day 4

The fourth "official" day of creation is in Genesis 1:14-19. In this day, God creates the "lights" in the expanse of the heavens. There will be lights for the days and lights for the nights. Then He makes the two "great" lights.

Gen. 1:14-19:
14 "Then God said, 'Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;"
15 "and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so."


God now generates the "astrosphere". The is a celestial event. It includes the stars and planets. On the first day, God said "Let there be light." On the fourth day, He says "Let there be lights." Literally lights can mean "light-givers" in Hebrew (maor).

According to scripture, God is dealing with the "expanse" or "firmament" of the heavens. It is sometimes hard to understand the expanses and the expanses of heaven without the knowledge of heavens. As we studied in day 2 God made an expanse. This expanse separated two other "waters". This expanse was what was explained in the Chapter 1 summary (3 heavens).

What comes next is further support for a "day" as we know it. These lights will control "earthly" things associated with time. God has already given us light in the form of universal energy. To make day and night for that universal energy of lights means that they were identical in length and had characteristics of tremendous power. Now He is going to finesse. He is giving us some subtle lights and some lights for controlling. What will this light control? Scripture says that the lights will show or designate or control four things:
  • signs,
  • seasons,
  • days, and
  • years.
The Bible clearly says that the lights at creation were there. In other words, it did not take a billion years for the light from a light source in the second heaven. It was created with the light existing. That does not take away the fact that light today travels 186,000 mi/sec. What is does say is at the time of creation, there was no wait. IT WAS THERE.

The lights would first be "signs". These lights were to be signs (Hebrew: oth - continual tokens or proofs). They can be considered continual tokens of God’s tender care for man, and as standing proofs of his continual miraculous interference.

There would be lights to control seasons. For the people of the times were designated or specified through the festivals. So this was a common understanding associated with the times of the year with specific appointed festivals. The seasons were time related events associated with the rotation of the earth.

The lights would be to control and specify days. Again it was related to the movement of the earth.

Finally, the light would control years through the movement of the earth.

Gen. 1:16-19:
16 "God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.
17 God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,
18 and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.
19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day."

God now makes the two great lights with which we are very familiar: the sun and the moon. The lesser light or the moon was to control, govern, or give the light for the evening. The greater light or the sun was to control, govern of give the light for the day. We again see the expanse of the earth. This expanse to which it s referring is the second heaven. All of the light references still refer to earth movement. The earth rotates about the sun; the moon rotates about the earth. Beautiful picture, isn't it?

Now ends the morning and Evening. God saw that it was good


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