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Did God really create light before the sun?

Did God really create light before the sun?

If you read the Bible enough, you’ll eventually encounter something that doesn’t seem to make sense. In fact, if you start reading the Bible at the very beginning, in the book of Genesis, you’ll find something that doesn’t seem to make sense in the very first chapter!

Light before the sun?

Right after God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1-2), “God said ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day” (Genesis 1:3-5). While it is fantastic that God created light on the very first day ever, He didn’t create the sun, moon, and start until three days later (Genesis 1:14-19). How is that possible? How can the earth have light if the sun hasn’t been created yet?!

Creator of anything

If God is really above the universe, and Creator of everything, then it is within His power to create light without the Sun

If we are to believe evolutionary theory, it is impossible that the earth had light without the sun. However, there it is in the Bible – three days of light without the sun. Where did this light come from? The Bible doesn’t tell us but if we are to believe that God created the heavens and the earth from nothing and that He simply spoke light into existence, then what is to stop Him from creating some sort of temporary light source until He created the sun, which would be our planet’s light source from then on? If God is really above the universe, and Creator of everything, then it is within His power to create light without the Sun. In fact, the Bible tells us that in the future, we will have light without the sun once again. At the end of the world, the city of God will have “no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb” (Revelation 21:23). Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, will be our light.

Scientific investigation

Perhaps someday, scientific investigation will uncover natural processes that we are not aware of that could produce light on a planetary scale without our solar system’s sun. Or maybe this light before the sun at creation is simply a supernatural event that occurred beyond the laws of nature that God has now established. We simply don’t know where this light came from before the creation of the sun, but we do know that God is above all things and can do the impossible.

How does this Bible teaching speak to you? Please share your thoughts below!

Also read What was created first, the earth or the sun?

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Karl Dahlfred

Karl Dahlfred has served as a missionary in Thailand with OMF International since 2006. From 2012-2016, he taught church history and missions at Bangkok Bible Seminary, assisted in editing and translation of Thai Christian books at OMF Publishers Thailand, and was a founding elder of Grace City Church, Bangkok. In 2017, he began a Ph.D in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. Karl earned a Masters of Divinity (M.Div) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology (Th.M) at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Karl is married and has three children.

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