Let There Be Light

There are many speculations about what provided the light before God created the sun. I lean toward the “physically manifested shekinah glory” suggestion, but others have speculated on angels, temporary light sources, and others. The Bible does not say, so we can’t be barking dogmatic about the answer.

Bible-Science Guy

(2 Minute Read. 29Dec2021)

Recently Reader Madison asked an intriguing question in a comment on this BibleScienceGuy article: The Big Bang!

Madison’s comment included this question on the creation of light in Genesis 1:
“What is the difference between the great light created in verse 3 and the one created in verse 16?”

Here are the relevant passages about the light God created on Creation Day 1 (verse 3) and later on Creation Day 4 (verse 16):
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness…

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By Cowboy Bob Sorensen

The most important thing is that Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life. I am a biblical ("young earth") creationists that upholds the truth, inerrancy, and authority of the Bible. Science is fascinating and fun, and theology is a growth process. I will not lay claim to Calvinist or Arminian, and have actually been hated for that.


  1. Light to me is the ability to know – to look around me and see what’s there and what’s happening. It’s also the ability to enjoy beauty and connect with people, as we look into one another’s faces. On the other hand, absence of light brings fear – I can’t see what’s out there! I don’t know where I’m going! etc. Darkness also brings pain, as I will probably trip, bump into something, or even walk off a cliff.
    Jesus is the Light, and if we follow Him, we will not walk in darkness.


    1. Just a suggestion but you may want to read the entire article that this one links to. It’s not about spiritual light so much as the question about the light at creation.


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