“Let There be Light” (Genesis 1:3)

God’s first command at the dawn of creation was, “Let there be light.” Many have asked, “How could light be produced on the first day, and the sun, which is the source of light, not be created until the fourth day?”  Let’s see what God’s Word says about this. The Hebrew word for light in Genesis 1:3 is “Owr.” It is used later in Scripture to describe heat (Isaiah 44:16), fire (Isaiah 31:9; Ezekiel 5:2), the sun (Job 31:26), and lightning (or electric fluid) (Job 37:3). There is every reason to believe that light, heat, and electricity are only modifications of the same force the Bible calls “light.” The heat from the fire, the sun, or from electricity is called latent heat or caloric heat. (as in calories); This caloric heat runs through every part of nature, and without it, there could be neither vegetation nor animal life. It is caloric or latent heat, which is principally intended by the original word, “light.”

This latent heat (light) that God created in the beginning may be easily demonstrated by striking a piece of flint and steel together, which produces sparks. Where did the sparks come from? God put the “light” within the objects and striking them together simply released it. The existence of this caloric, latent or primitive light, may be produced by rubbing two hard sticks together so quickly that enough heat is produced to start a fire. This latent heat is also demonstrated by hammering cold iron, which in a short time becomes red hot. Friction in general produces both fire and light. God therefore created this universal energy on the first day, because without it no operation of nature could be carried on or perfected.

Light is one of the most astonishing productions of the creative skill and power of God. It is the grand medium by which all His other works are discovered, examined, and understood, so far as they can be known. And it is the word Jesus used when He said “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). He is the source of light, heat, warmth, love, and energy that allows life to exist. Then He said something most astonishing to His disciples: “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). The light, warmth, energy, fire, and love of Christ that is latent within each of His born again children is to be released by the Spirit of God so that we can let this “light so shine before men” (Matthew 5:16).

Are you bringing the light, the warmth, the love, and the energy of the Kingdom of God with you wherever you go? You are if you are walking in the light of His presence. Focus on being in the presence of God and interacting with Him throughout the day. Then, “if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we will have fellowship one with another.”

May God bless each and every one of you!

In Christ,

– Bob Newhouse

“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light” (Eph 5:8).

We are grateful for Mr. Bob Newhouse, and his involvement in producing the ATI Family Weekly videos, that are sent out to ATI families every Wednesday.

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