‘God Made Two Great Lights’ on the Fourth Day of Creation

By Austin Roscoe Published on April 25, 2018

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And it was so that God created the sun and the moon on day four.

Can you imagine a world without the sun and moon? The global ecosystem wouldn’t be able to exist! Aside from that minor detail, there’d be no easy, natural way to measure time, and no concept of years. No waves in the ocean. No warm rays of sun on a cold day! Nothing for George Bailey to lasso in It’s a Wonderful Life. 

Earth would be pretty bland. And those plants from yesterday wouldn’t have been around for very long, that’s for sure.

Let’s thank God today for creating the sun, the moon, and the stars. (Even if you, like I, haven’t seen any of them behind the clouds today!)

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  • Trilemma

    Wait. On day two, God created a vault above the oceans but below the clouds. And now on day four, God placed the sun, moon and stars in the vault. How did the sun, moon and stars fit under the clouds?

    Here’s a problem for the people who think each day of creation was a thousand or more years. How did plants created on day three survive all those years without sunlight until day four when the sun was created?

    Here’s a problem for the people who think the Earth is only 6400 years old. There are stars that are billions of light years away so their light should take billions of years to reach Earth. How is it we can see them only a few thousand years after they were created?

    • Paul

      “How did plants created on day three survive all those years without sunlight until day four when the sun was created?”

      Light was already created. Gen 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

      • Trilemma

        Apparently, the writer of Genesis didn’t know the sun is the only source of light for the Earth. Apparently, he thought the sun was just a bright light in an already blue sky.

        • Paul

          “Apparently, the writer of Genesis didn’t know the sun is the only source of light for the Earth. ”

          I’m confident that the one who made all of this has a way.

        • Bryan

          Just a thought: There will be no need of a sun when the new heavens and new earth are created. God’s glory will be the only necessary light. Why could it not be true at the beginning of time as it would be after time ends?

    • Ray

      First, let’s understand that the light of God could keep plants surviving and thriving without sunlight for eternity, if he wanted to, and secondly, it easy to imagine how stars light years away, could be seen in a day from earth with a naked eye, for when Jesus made the best of wines, that day in Cana of Galilee, at the wedding, (see John 2) the wine did not need many years of ageing for the flavors to appear. God can do anything, but if in fact he made the earth to appear as if each day was a thousand (huge number) of years, then maybe he has a prophetic reason for it, perhaps a reason to reveal some clue as to time, or something.

      • Trilemma

        If God’s light can keep plants alive then why create temporary light? Doesn’t it make God deceptive if He created everything to look billions of years old?

        • Bryan

          “Doesn’t it make God deceptive if He created everything to look billions of years old?”
          Doesn’t your statement presume to know what the Earth looked like when it was first formed? When God created dry land, was it all relatively flat or were there mountains? Jesus said that faith the size of a mustard seed was enough to cause a mountain to move. Why couldn’t the God of the universe decide to make a mountain that “looked old”. God didn’t say the world was young or old looking. He said it was good.

          • Trilemma

            An omnipotent god could indeed create the Earth and universe to appear very old. But that would be lying because scientists would be observing events that didn’t actually happen. For example, the Earth appears to have experienced a huge amount of radioactive decay over its life that could not have happened within a few thousand years without killing all life on the planet. If God had created light from stars already in route then astronomers would have observed the super nova of a star that never happened.

          • Bryan

            “An omnipotent god could indeed create the Earth and universe to appear very old. But that would be lying because scientists would be observing events that didn’t actually happen.”
            You are still assuming what young and old should look like. I’m not really arguing that you are wrong that the Earth is billions of years old and so is the rest of the universe. I haven’t researched enough to make a conclusion on that subject. Rather I’m pointing out that the assumptions of old earth (and young earth) philosophers is based on assumptions of what things should have looked like based on what they see now not based on observations. It seems rather obvious but, it is perhaps, so obvious that it is overlooked.

    • Irene Neuner

      “For this they are willingly ignorant of, that by the Word of God the Heavens were old..”
      2 Peter 3:5

      Sounds like we should get into an argument about Adam too. He was never a baby. He didn’t have a mother. At one day after being created he looked like a mature man.

      Did he have a belly button?

      • Trilemma

        Not only did Adam look like a mature man at day one after being created, he could talk and walk like an adult. There was no need for a belly button but maybe he had one anyway.

      • GLT

        Believe it or not, I know of a church which split over that debate.

    • GLT

      Christian astronomers such as Jason Lisle have written on this subject and present some interesting possible explanations to this question.

      • Trilemma

        It’s been awhile, but I’ve read some of his articles. Back then he favored Russell Humphries’ theory in the book Starlight and Time.

  • Tiger

    The Hebrews were unique in ancient times, in that they did not regard the sun and moon as deities. They are “lights” created by the one God. From the very beginning the Bible makes a distinction between the Creator and the creation. To worship anything but the Creator is idolatry.

  • Arnold Kropp

    At the first part of the creation of this physical universe, God said “let there be light.” We think of the sun as our source of light for days, and the moon for a speck of light for nighttime being created on the forth day? Was then that first light the vast universe of stars?

    • Bryan

      Just a thought: There will be no need of a sun when the new heavens and new earth are created. God’s glory will be the only necessary light. Why could it not be true at the beginning of time as it would be after time ends?

  • What was the “light” on the first day? On the first day, God said “Let there
    be light.”? The sun, moon, and stars were created on the fourth day, so what was
    the light of the first day?

    “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. All things were made by him; and without
    him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the
    light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it
    not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a
    witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
    He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the
    true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world. He was in the world, and the
    world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”
    John 1:1-10

    John 8:12 – Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:
    he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

    John 9:1-5 – And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that
    he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

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