‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.’ ~ Genesis 1:1-2
The creation story never baffled me up until when I read these words closely. I always viewed the creation story in a simplistic manner, rushing through details that seemed like remedial Sunday School classes. As if I decoded hidden meanings in an old manuscript, I was recently made to see other discoveries in the living written Word.
When I read the Chapter, an unusual discovery arose in my Spirit and I viewed the creation story with such complexity as I had never before. Somehow, I always perceived that God created day and night, but now it was as if I had been given new pair of ‘spiritual lenses’ that made the words form clearly.
I saw that darkness already existed. The earth was in a perpetual night. Darkness was the earth’s pre-existing condition, so much that God’s first recorded words were ‘Let there be light’ (v3). God did not create day and night, because night already existed. He simply commanded light and ‘divided the light from the darkness and called the light Day and the darkness Night’ (v4-5).
Now with light having appeared on earth, a greater darkness lurked that was yet to be revealed. A cloak of darkness was to wrap itself around the world in a disastrous fashion. The darkness soon unveiled when man fell and his eyes were open to the darkness that engulfed him. Man, who was hidden in the Light of God, sinned causing the darkness of the earth to be laid bare.
Disobedience, sin, murder, slavery, unbelief, idol worship, rape, war, homosexuality, adultery, disease, death and other conditions and deeds of darkness unravel throughout a bloody and tumultuous Old Testament. This narrative still throbs around us. In our times, these issues are at times packaged in a neat fashion and dangled up our faces, whichever way we turn to. Others have tried to seek remedies in many ways, only to realise that it is a dark, dark world.
Light Has Come!
Even in the darkness, a ray of light was lurking, that would permeate the entire world. A light that would not only separate the Day and Night, but separate the Old Testament and the New Testament, separate two worlds, separate history, and eventually separate eternity.
The light appeared in subtle rays and not in a bright blinding flashing light, causing some to overlook. ‘And the light shines in darkness, and the darkness has not understood it.’ John 1:5 Its presence seems to leave some unmoved so much that, ‘light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.’ John 3:19. A light shining in darkness? What is this light?
Here is when we the world is silent, and the Light speaks. God again speaks. This time, He does not command, ‘Let there be light’, but brings the Light Himself to our dark world. ‘God is light, in Him there is no darkness at all.’ 1 John 1:5. Because light and darkness cannot dwell together, a dividing line appears and is determined by how one perceives the Light, Jesus Christ, who declares, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me, will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ John 8:12.
So why is it that the Light has come yet the world still remains dark, encompassed with all sorts of vices? The Light however did not come to light the world but those in it, as it is written, ‘the true Light, which lighted every man that cometh into the world.’ John 1:9. Jesus Christ said, ‘As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ John 9:5. Since He remained in the world for only 33 years, He deposits His light to those who choose to follow Him and even declares, ‘Ye are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.’ Matthew 5:16.
It is as if God revisits creation and makes the light not an external phenomenal, but an internal and eternal one, breathing not only His Spirit in us, but radiating His light in us around a dark dark world. A new Adam is formed not by dust, but through confession in Christ Jesus. Emulating our Father in proclaiming light, we invite the Light, Jesus, into our hearts for eternity. Now that’s the ultimate, most wonderful creation story.