God is light.
Light is outside of time.
God is outside of time.
If God is light, light is outside of time. At the beginning of the Bible, the very beginning of creation, it says God made the heavens and the earth in the beginning. The word beginning in the original texts also means "in time." ('beginning' root word: רֵאשִׁית rêʼshîyth, ray-sheeth)
One of my favorite movies is Interstellar. Most people don't care too much for space/time travel movies, but I love them!
My favorite scene in the movie is where Matthew McConaughey is floating in the tesseract. The movie talks about how the greater Being of the universe (aka, God), created a black hole specifically for him to contact his daughter and ultimately save the human race. The main goal in the movie is to find a habitable planet, so Matthew McConaughey sacrifices himself and travels through the unknown territory of space in hopes of giving his daughter a brighter future. The whole ending leaves you perplexed about how it ends, but the main premise is that light is outside of time, as well as gravity which helps him to use morse code and give his daughter a message through the future/while also being in her past (sorry, I am really fascinated by physics, even though most of the time I really don't know what's happening).
Light is outside of time. God is outside of time.
Einstein discovered the ability of light to be out of reach of time in the 1900s, but what if the truth was already told to us in the Bible long before then?
"-God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." 1 John 1:5
God is the opposite of dark. God is the quintessence of light.
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" Genesis 1:1
So God is before the first dawn. I believe that one of the hardest verses to have faith in is this one. If you can't believe that God created everything from the beginning, you won't understand the Bible in its completeness. However, God doesn't ask you to understand it. He asks you to believe in Him.
"a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel." Luke 2:32
A Light to illuminate the manifestation to be revealed. You see, Jesus is the true Light in human form. There was no darkness in Him. He never sinned. He was perfect. The Second Adam, the Messiah, the Lamb of God.
I had a client of mine in my chair a couple of weeks ago and we were talking about how you can read the Bible but most of the time it takes a while to really realize what God is speaking to you through it. She said that her son (who at the time was like 8), asked her a question that she never really noticed or thought about before.
I'm going to give you a couple of verses and then ask you the same question he asked his mother.
"And 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 (emphasis on the first day)
"And God said, 'Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.' And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day." Genesis 1:14-19 (emphasis on the fourth day)
If the sun, moon, and stars were created on day four, what was the light mentioned on day one?
There are a lot of questions pertaining to this puzzle. But, allow me to share my thoughts on this, and feel free to ask questions or read this article from BlueLetterBible.org!
There is a reason that God allowed Moses to write this the way it states. These first opening sentences paint a picture for us to see the Bible as a whole. Think about how it starts, God creates the perfect atmosphere where beauty can thrive. He starts speaking things into being, but we are perplexed that the first light isn't from the sun we see every day. Yet, what does it say in Revelation?
"And the city has 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
"And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever." Revelation 22:5
Just as God gives us His Son, our everlasting light, one day He will be our ONLY light.
I believe He included those beginning verses to point our eyes to the fact that we cannot rely on just sight, but faith also. He is the light from beginning to end.
God sent us the Light of the world. Jesus Christ is the Word and Light. Do you ever read the Word and certain phrases or key symbolisms through the Word start popping up and you're like, "okay, God, what are trying to say?" Some of those for me has been, "light" and "radiance."
"But may those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its strength." Judges 5:31
Just this morning, I was reading in Luke 11, and the author dropped a small paragraph between something totally non-related to light. Or so I thought. Jesus is trying to tell the people around Him that they need to stop asking for miraculous signs because the living sign is right in front of them. And between Him telling this, he starts talking about how no sensible person puts a lamp under a basket to hide the light.
"If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light." Luke 11:36
Isn't it a beautiful thing that we can be apart of that light as well?
Again, God doesn't ask you to understand everything. He simply asks you to believe in Him. I think with all of this said, sometimes the signs are literally right in front of us, but it takes us a while to actually grasp them ourselves.
This ended up becoming a really long post, so if you've made it to the bottom I am impressed! *high-fives through the screen*