- Waste and Void
- Darkness and Light
- Day and Night
- Evening and Morning
- The Sabbath of Rest
1. Waste and Void
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2. Darkness and Light
After God made the heavens and the earth, darkness was observed.
God did not make that darkness. The only clue as to where it came from is that 'heavens' is in the plural. God is he who made light. Whence the darkness ?
The book of Job reveals that there is a Satan who had access to God among the sons of God when they appeared before him in heaven. Job 2:1
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. KJV
Arguably, Job is the first book of the bible and is to be assumed when one reads Genesis.
3. Day and Night
God named the Light and therefore attention is drawn to that name. What does it signify ?
There are ten words which are associated in the Hebrew by reason of their very structure.
This list is from Young's Analytical Concordance :
yobel jubilee/yom day/yonah dove-pigeon/yoneq tender plant/yoneqeth branch/
yophi beauty/yoreh first rain/yosher uprightness/yother better-further/
yothereth fat (caul)
The nine other words appear to be derived from yom day. These things are of the day :-
the freedom of jubilee, the free flight of doves and pigeons, the tender plant which grows, the branch which sprouts from the living trunk, beauty in all its manifestations, the first rain which falls, uprightness which maintains integrity, all that progresses further and better, the fat which is within storing energy and warmth.
The Night ? What is associated ?
Layelah night and then only layish lion.
Outside the perimeter of the village as it sleeps, is just darkness. No-one ventures outside the perimeter at night. Because out there, somewhere, lurks a beast so fearsome, so strong, so overwhelmingly powerful that one will be devoured, almost certainly.
Unless one be a Samson [Judges 14:6] or a David [I Samuel 17:36] or a Daniel [Daniel 6:22].
Or a Paul [II Timothy 4:17].
4. Evening and Morning
And was the evening and the morning, day the first (literally) [Biblehub]
Six times is this said, after each, progressive activity in the creativity of God.
All of this activity is subsequent to 'God created the heavens and the earth'.
Subsequent to the existence of darkness.
Subsequent to the waste and void state of earth.
It is a new creation.
And it is Elohim who does it.
Despite the presence of darkness, for God has separated the Light from the Darkness.
Day by day - for day unto day uttereth speech [Psalm 19:2] and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
For the knowledge of good and evil is of the night.
But the speech of God is in the daytime.
Day by day, despite the recurrence of a time of darkness at night, God labours still.
My Father worketh hitherto and I work. [John 5:17]
5. The Sabbath of Rest
Day by day, despite the recurrence of intervening darkness, evening and morning - in the dying light of twilight and again as the sun's rays pierce the departing darkness; he works
Despite setbacks duringthe night, despite opposition in the dark hours, despite the roaring of the lion as it devours its prey (but never a Samson or a Daniel or a David or a Paul) ; he works.
Six cycles of recurrence. Six cycles of labour. Six progressions towards an eventual goal.
And then 'tis done.
There remaineth, therefore a rest. [Hebrews 4:9] A sabbath for ever.
This is a New Creation. [II Corinthians 5:17]