Q. I read your article today entitled “And There Was Evening And There Was Morning”. I found the article very interesting. But I have a few points to discuss with you. Genesis 1:3-5 says, “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He 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.” I find myself a little confused here, God made the sun and moon on the fourth day, so where is the day and night, and morning and evening coming from on the first three days. Then I thought, well maybe a day to God, before the sun was put in place could possible be a ten thousand years or so. So maybe then the scientist’s time periods could be true. What are your views on this?
A. The Hebrew word for light in Genesis 1:3 is “owr”. It means light, and it was created by God. God then separated the light from the darkness, giving the world its first day, which consisted of a period of darkness and a period of light. There’s no reason to believe it was different from any of the days that followed. When the Bible speaks of lights on day 4, referring to the Sun and Moon, the Hebrew word is “ma’owr” meaning luminary. The Sun is not the source of light, as the ancients believed, but a place the Lord made to hold or store the light that He had created. So in effect the Lord gathered the light into an object we call the Sun to illuminate the day, and positioned another object we call the Moon to reflect the Sun’s light and illuminate the night.