Here Comes The Sun

Genesis 1:14-16

14 And God said, “Let there be lights[1] in the expanse[2] of heaven[3] to make a distinction[4] between the day and the night, and let them be for signs[5], for seasons[6], for days and for years[7]. 15 And let them be for lights[8] in the expanse[9] of heaven[10] to light[11] (up) over the land… and it was so. 16 And God made two of the great lights, the greater light for rule[12] of the day, and the little light for rule of the night, (along with) the stars.

Application

God made the sun and the moon and the stars… which is pretty amazing at that point in creation, since science would have said that they had to exist prior to the earth.  No one was there, except God… and, since He is God, isn’t it entirely possible that He could have made the earth with it life supporting atmosphere, independent of the rest of the universe?

Sure, the perspective of the ancient Jews would have been different to ours, and they potentially had no capacity to see beyond the plate in the sky that held back water, and contained the sun moon and the stars.  However, they had certainly realised the importance of these lights for navigation, determining the seasons, and for sorting out their calendar.

As previously noted, the universe is so large, and the earth is comparatively invisible, yet God cared enough to write a history of the earth… a sign that he cares enough for each individual. We (humankind) think we’re so clever because we’ve managed to get outside earth’s atmosphere.  However, we haven’t been able to create a single life producing thing outside of God’s existing order.

Prayer

Father, please help me to know who You are in a world that seems to reject and despise You.  Please don’t leave me or abandon me.  I need You so badly, and I ask for Your advice, Your favour and guidance in all that I think, do and say.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


[1] מָאֹור – maʾowr, maʾor, ʾowrah, mâorah – Strongs 3974 – (n . m) – “light/luminary/lights/lighting/shining/bright/lightsource”

[2] רָקִיעַ – raqiyaʿ– Strongs 7549 – (n . m) – “extended surface/expanse/firmament (N.B. the ancient Hebrews thought the sky was solid and therefor able to support the waters above), expanse of heaven/expanse of the sky”

[3] שָׁמַיִם – shamayim, shameh – Strongs 8064 – “heaven/heavens/sky/visible heavens/visible universe/atmosphere/abode of the stars/compass/earth/heaven and the highest/heaven and the highest heavens/heaven of heavens/heavenly/highest heavens/horizons”

[4] 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”

[5] אֹות – ʾowth – Strongs 226 – (n . f) – “sign/signal/mark/banner/remembrance/miraculous sign/omen/warning/token/ensign/standard/miracle/proof/example/account”

[6] מֹועֵד – mowʿed, moʿed – Strongs 4150 – (n . f) – “appointed place/appointed time/sacred season/seasons/unit of time/feast/set feast/appointed sign or signal/army”

[7] שָׁנָה / שָׁנִים – shaneh, shana –  contstruct form שְׁתֵי) – Strongs 8141 – (n . f) – “year/years/annually/count/every year/length/life/yearly/yearling/years the years/unit of time involving complete cycle of all seasons”

[8] מָאֹור – maʾowr, maʾor, ʾowrah, mâorah – Strongs 3974 – (n . m) – “light/luminary/lights/lighting/shining/bright/lightsource”

[9] רָקִיעַ – raqiyaʿ– Strongs 7549 – (n . m) – “extended surface/expanse/firmament (N.B. the ancient Hebrews thought the sky was solid and therefor able to support the waters above), expanse of heaven/expanse of the sky”

[10] שָׁמַיִם – shamayim, shameh – Strongs 8064 – “heaven/heavens/sky/visible heavens/visible universe/atmosphere/abode of the stars/compass/earth/heaven and the highest/heaven and the highest heavens/heaven of heavens/heavenly/highest heavens/horizons”

[11] אֹור – ʾowr – Strongs 215 – (v) – “shine/brightened/be or become light/give light/light/give sight/build a fire/be bright/to illuminate/to kindle/to lighten/to make shine/to light up/to cause to shine/dawned/enlighten/enlightening/gave light/give light/given us light/gives light/illumine/illuminate/illumines/lit/make a fire/make shine/resplendent/shed light/shines/shone/be bright/build a fire”

[12] מֶמְשָׁלָה – memshalah – Strongs 4475 – (n . f) – “rule/dominion/domain/power/authority/army/forces/distinguishing/govern”