Genesis 1:1-5, Let there Be Light of the World!
Continuing from my last post where I offered a comparison between what comprises spiritual “darkness” and the corresponding contempt that exists between it and the Spirit of God, I am ready to now describe how God wins the battle against his original nemesis, “darkness”. [Note: If you haven’t read my last post, you may want to read it first].
At a minimum, reading the pre-light Creation account as a type of invasion provides mankind with a glimpse of His future: YHVH fights to fill mankind in his empty, tohu v’bohu, enshrouded-in-darkness state, as He fought darkness to fill the tohu v’bohu earth as in the Beginning.
The earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep and God’s Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light “day”, and the darkness he called “night”. There was evening and there was morning, the first day. (Genesis 1:1-5)
By declaring light “good”, and seeing the necessity to subsequently divide it from darkness, God also makes a statement about darkness that doesn’t even need to be verbalized but nonetheless understood: God has contempt for darkness, and deems it not worthy to be shared by light. God therefore makes a boundary for the darkness, which cannot be crossed. In effect, God raised an adversary, a weapon-of-war chiefly to counter darkness, a weapon so powerful darkness had to give place – surrender – to light.
Once again, this is an allegory of truth, a prophetic glimpse into spiritual truths yet to be realized. Given “tohu v’bohu” represents mankind’s formless and empty state without God, while masses of water represent multitudes of people and darkness encompasses all forms of evil, one might ask, ‘well, what does light represent?’ This is an easy answer, because a good Jew saw these truths long ago and already simplified this:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God… In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it.” …The Word became flesh, and lived among us. (John 1:1-5, 14)
The “Word of God” is the light for all mankind which became flesh, and appeared as Yeshua the Messiah. Everything ever recorded in the Word of God – every truth, every torah (teaching), every prophecy – is epitomized in Him.
Yeshua-the-Light-for-all-mankind was in the Beginning with God. It is for this reason that in the Genesis creation week an auspicious light appears three days before the sun, moon, and stars were even created. [White Rabbit: And yes, God did not create the Light in the beginning, He called it forth. Everything else God created had a specific purpose (trees were for food, firmament separates the waters, sun for light, etc.) except for this first light which simply… is. God did not describe light’s purpose because He knew it well already. From wherever or whatever realm the Spirit of God descended, this initial light was previously with Him. In the beginning of our realm, God simply calls for light, and the light obeys. Dead White Rabbit.] God brought out the first light before the second, the sun, to make an everlasting point- the Word of God (Yeshua) precedes Torah. For this reason the gospel of John continues to say:
“Yochanan testified about him. He cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.’”From his fullness we all received grace upon grace. For the Torah was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Yeshua the Messiah… (John 1:16-17)
Yochanan haMatbeel (John the Baptist) knew this point well. Yochanan taught Torah, but Yochanan knew Messiah had already surpassed his own teaching of Torah because Messiah existed before Torah. The Torah was a grace- it was meant to set people free but it was, after all, given through a veil. It was meant to guard and preserve Israel until Messiah came (a defense), but everything the Torah said was (finally) realized through Messiah Yeshua. He did not take the defense of Torah away, but He did magnify it and made the Word of God a weapon with power. Through Messiah – the fullness of truth – we have grace of Messiah UPON the grace of Torah.
The Torah completes its purpose at the same time as does – wait for it – the sun, while Yeshua – the real truth hidden the Torah – remains. Consider these two words from Yeshua Himself:
“I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letterliterally, or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the Torah, until all things are accomplished.” (Matt. 5:18)
And in comparison:
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Matt. 24:35)
Additionally, the Bible begins and ends with this Light (Yeshua), who exists before and after our sun. He appears in Genesis with “Let there be light!” and again at the very end:
“I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple. The city has no need for the sun, neither of the moon, to shine, for the very glory of God illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:22)
Returning to John 1:5, I see that ‘no sooner had the light for mankind shined into darkness than darkness tried to overcome it.’ Truly, there is always contempt between the Word of God and darkness – there always has been, because it’s a war. As ebible.org defines the Greek word for ‘overcome’, it “(katelaben) can also be translated “comprehended.” It refers to getting a grip on an enemy to defeat him.”
The Good News is Yeshua was the one who actually overcame! “In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.” (John 15:33)
In conclusion, when God says he divides the light from darkness, as He did the first day, He foreshadows the Light which existed before time began – Yeshua – overcoming the power of darkness, (the world), which did not want to be displaced, but nevertheless suffered a tremendous defeat.
Someone might say, ‘Well why would God create a sun at all if light already exists? Why not just leave the first light? And why not just get rid of darkness once and for all?’ Well, these are good questions, and I will definitely be writing about that in the near future.