Let There Be Light!

Genesis 1:3-5

3 And God said, “Let there be light!” and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good.  And God made distinction[1] between the light and the darkness, 5 and God called the light “day,” and he called the darkness “night.”  And (there) was evening and (there) was morning…  the first day.


God said, “Let there be light!” and there was.  This “Let there be” is a cohortative or yiqtol in the Hebrew, cohortative meaning the intent is “let us, let there, let him,” etc..  The form is the same is the yiqtol, which would mean “it will, he will, etc.” in its simplest form, basically future tense or something that happens repeatedly.  So, in this case, the extreme, it might read, “(There) will be light.”  Either way, God spoke and light appeared.  God called light “Day, and He called darkness “night.”

Then there was evening, followed by morning… day one!  I notice that the day doesn’t start in the morning, but in the evening.  I heard it said, and I like it, that God intended rest before He ever intended work, although he rested on the 7th day, which was rest in the morning, then rest for the rest, too.  Evening is the start of the day.

It’s an interesting concept to ponder the new day starting as the sun goes down, rather than as the sun comes up.  Perhaps, one idea might be that God delivers the plans for the day as I sleep.

It’s also interesting to consider that before that first day, there were no days.  God appears to be very intentional, and everything created appears to be by design.  One ponders why He bothered to create… but it reminds me of one of the ways in which we are made in His image, with ability to think and create… to even speak our future into existence.


Father, thank you for Your creation.  Thank you that You made everything, and it was all good.  Please help me to see Your intention and Your purpose in creation.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

[1] בָּדַל – badal – Strongs 9194 – (v) – “to divide/separate//sever/set apart/male a distinction/difference/divide into parts/separate oneself from/to withdraw from/to separate oneself unto/to be separated/to be excluded/dismiss/defect/be expelled/exclude/distinguish”