Genesis 1:2-4, Yom Echad: The First Day
[This is the first of a series about Creation week, specifically, how each day corresponds to progress men and women as they work out their salvations. Almighty God could have made everything in a brief instant, but instead chose to create our heavens and earth by a deliberate, methodical process. Over the past eight posts or so I’ve spent a lot of effort demonstrating the parallels between the Genesis creation account and allegories to mankind’s spiritual progress with God, summed up this last one. These posts hopefully show that fruitfulness brought to the physical earth is a foreshadowing of God’s ultimate plan to bring men to fruitfulness, as it’s written:
“…you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust. Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence; and in moral excellence, knowledge; and in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control perseverance; and in perseverance godliness; and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love. For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.” (1 Peter 1:4-8)]
Yom Echad: The First Day
“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 1:2-4)
On the first physical day, God “described a boundary on the surface of the waters, and to the confines of light and darkness” (Job 26:10). However, there are also spiritual undertones that God foreshadows. This is easy to portray, as long ago other men saw this allegory and were inspired to write about it:
“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 true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.” (Yochanan/John 1:1-7)
The Word of God is the “light” that shines into “darkness”, which is anything that attempts to “overcome” the Word of God. God’s word is the epitome of truth, capable of enlightening anyone in the world. It has been shining since the written Torah of a veiled Moshe (Moses), but fully demonstrated through the life and teachings of the Messiah, Yeshua of Nazareth. He is the Word who became flesh (which is to say, the Truth which became flesh):
The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth… 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. No one has seen God at any time. The one and only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him. (Yochanan 1:14-18)
Yeshua elaborated on foundations laid by a veiled Moshe so men could see the Word of God in its purest, unveiled form – the fullness of what a man’s life could be like if favored by God to “become” truth – in thought, deed, and speech. Yeshua’s life is an open declaration of all the Torah and Prophets foreshadowed, the closest we can get to God without seeing the Father in all His glory.
However, men who refuse truth (such as the Prushim-Pharisees of Yeshua’s advent), or haven’t yet heard it, have difficulty distinguishing truth from evil. Such men are usually betrayed by their own words, such as “that’s a grey area”, “that’s only opinion”, “mere conjecture” or “who can know?” Hearers of God’s Word, however, know the difference between what God calls “good”, and everything falling short of it, metaphorically known as “darkness”. In Genesis, darkness was not worthy to be shared with light, evidenced by their immediate separation. This is a prophetic foreshadowing of the revealed Word of God (epitomized by Messiah Yeshua) coming into the world, as he ultimately showed light (truth) from “darkness”.
It should be noted though, that Yeshua often made references to the same things occuring to Him happening to prophets who came before. Obviously these prophets also taught the truth and offered God’s word, and while it’s safe to say darkness was always trying to overcome light (the prophets were rejected), it appears that “light” was always offered to men from the foundation of the world. On Yom Echad, God did not take away darkness, he merely separated it from light. This would be the same way He would introduce His word. The question becomes, half the world is always in darkness, and the other half is in light- in which side does a man want to live?
I’ve previously made comparisons of the chaotic, pre-light earth to the disorder of a man before seeing the light of Messiah. In essence, when men hear (receive) the Word of God, they realize the difference between “truth” and “falsehood”. This is a man’s “first day”. He sees the Word of God as “good”, and separates himself from everything else falling short of its truth. This is the beginning of a man’s faith, just as the beginning of creation was separation of light from darkness. He begins to turn from wickedness and perversions and conforms his life to the Word of God. He reconciles Himself to God; he becomes a “new creation” (ref. I Corinthians 5:17-19). This is also described in New Covenant scriptures as being “born again”. This process all begins by hearing and choosing to obey the Word of God (ref. Romans 10:14-17).
I would be remiss not to mention the Spirit’s role! He is present in the formation of both “new creations”. God descends the Spirit before the Light appears- always has, always will. In a man’s salvation, the Spirit is within faithful men who harbor the Word of God to cast “light” on “darkness”. Considering what I see in Acts 2, when the Day of Shavuot had fully been counted by the fiftieth omer, things happened via the same order prophesied by Genesis:
- The Spirit of God descended (vv. 2-4).
- The Light (Word) shined (preached) into darkness (confusion). (vv. 5-35).
- Darkness was separated (repentance) from Light. (vv. 37-39).
Darkness always yields to light. This is why YHVH made evening the start of the day. The darkness reminds a man of his own genesis when he was shrouded in darkness like the pre-light earth, before the Light came and shone clarity by the Word of God. This is the message God foreshadows in Genesis: He is able to divide truth from falsehood for all who trust in Him, as far as darkness is separated from light. When this is realized, it becomes the first day of the rest of a rescued life. ♦