Re: Let There be Light
Day-4 the sun, moon and stars are made (the universe)
Day-5 the sea creatures and flying creatures are made
Day-6 the land creatures and man are made
And then there is man with his own unique tendency to explore, learn, develop new things. Where plants and animals continue on mundanely, day after day as they were designed to exist, always doing the same things; man was given a unique intelligence (in the image of God) by which, with the aid of tools and computers, human knowledge develops and expands...and in current times it is said that knowledge is expanding at an exponential rate. As was prophesied "knowledge shall be increased" (Da12:4)
So...consider how -ALL- this vast creation that exists, ever-expanding was created/made in four days. Four days of creation represents an unfathomable amount of complexity.
But for "Day One" what do we have? -LIGHT- That's it? Out of the m'b'zillions of stuff in each of the four days....Day One has just a 'meazly' little -ONE- item?
OR DOES IT?
First of all notice that Light is created -before- the sun and other 'luminaries'. Thus, to equate the "sun" with "light", as some do, is in error. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Which came first, light or the sun? When this creation is burned up and the "new heavens and earth" (Is66:22, 2Pt3:13) are made, there will be "no need of the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God illuminated it; and the Lamb is its light." (Re21:23) The sun may 'contain' light, but it 'is' NOT light. For a couple of days, "in the beginning" (6000 years ago), this creation was as the replacement creation will be, without sun or moon; fully light-filled.
Here's another truth: "God -is- light and in Him is no darkness at all" (1Jn1:5)
Another related truth: Jesus "alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and eternal power. Amen." (1Ti6:16)
Also: "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." (Jn1:4)
LIFE and LIGHT being equated.
When God said, "Let there be light", could it just as easily have been said, "Let there be Life"? (Here we get to the "asking", but not presuming to have the answer.) Certainly, God is the "existing one" the "I AM that I AM" (Ex3:14) and His life is "in" Himself. (Jn5:26) But when He proclaimed, "let there be light", was He at that moment also taking of Himself and creating life -for- His creation?
Jesus spoke of the "outer darkness" where there is "weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Mt8:12, 22:13, 25:30) Peter writes of the "chains of darkness" (2Pt2:4) There is this image that people have, that artists have conjured up, of the "lake of fire": a vast area (like a field) of a big pool of flames of fire licking skyward, where horned images are floating/bobbing at the surface with tails curling around behind; satanists will portray their guitars with flames integral with the body and neck, as if 'embracing' the guitar; others will get tattoos of flames.
But let me make a wild suggestion here: When the unbeliever has been cast into the Lake of Fire, there will be no razzle-dazzle of -visibility- to their condition for themselves. They will not be able to -look- around them and -see- their fellow lost ones to commiserate with each other in their suffering. (No more scoffing: At least I'll be with my friends!) Since Light is Life, and they are now at the end of their rope....they will also be minus any speck of light. They will be suffering in the flames, not able to see the flames, not able to see anybody else. They will be, for all intents and purposes, -ALONE-.
Is66:24 is the righteous going and "observing" the dead corpses. The righteous have Light. The dead don't. (Again: not answering questions, or explaining 'how' it works. Just observing.)
One of the characteristics of Believers and God is that we have "fellowship". The unsaved in the Lake of Fire will not.
"...how shall we escape if we neglect SO GREAT A SALVATION, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him" (Heb2:3)
When Isaiah saw God "high and lifted up" (Is6), what caused him to bewail, "Woe is me! For I am undone! ....I have seen the King, Jehovah of Hosts"? (Is6:5) I suspect that what he saw, even though he put something into words, I am guessing the words we read are not up to the task of conveying what he saw. Our language is much too limited. And I really doubt that a "Whoa Dude!" would convey adequately. When Ezekiel saw God he was continually falling on the ground. (Ezk1:28) Daniel, the one "greatly beloved" was on the ground a lot. John, the disciple "whom Jesus loved" (Jn13:23,etc), when He saw Jesus in His glorified glory he "fell at His feet as dead" (Re1:17)
God's "own arm" brought Salvation because God is the source and essence of Eternal Life. Nobody but God could possibly do it.
And so, as God sets about "in the beginning" to create everything...before anything else gets off the (figurative) drawing board, He -first- provides Light, Life, Salvation, Eternal Life...and all that goes with those things.