In consideration of the nearly mystical properties of energy, in this case light itself, some commentators have noted that there is a range of attributes that seem to parallel themselves between this miraculous force and the Almighty Himself.
For instance, perfect, stable light has no parallax, and resides in what we could mathematically term infinity. Its speed – reckoned today at approximately 186,000 miles per second – is limited only by the constraints imposed on it by the laws of physical reality. We find that at the quantum scale, photons lose their inherent physical position – a quality referred to as locality – and in doing so effectively become part of something greater; every photon at this level appears to “know” the location of all other photons at the same scale. Finally, on a more practical scale, light is what we – as an intelligent and resourceful species – utilize as a means of illuminating our surroundings, revealing features that may otherwise be missed.
Now, compare those various attributes with what we know of God. He is positioned outside of our physical reality, in eternity. Mathematically, this again could be termed infinity. From that perspective, God possesses perfect omnipotence (being all-powerful), omniscience (being all-knowing), and omnipresence (being everywhere at once). As our God, we rely on Him to guide and illuminate us in our pursuit of His plans for us and through us, and He is faithful in His revelation of this.
Ultimately one may see these parallels as contrived, yet a New Testament passage from James 1, verse 17, give us something to consider in regard to our “Father of lights:”
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
Is the link between the Creator and what we know as light little more than a controversial talking point, or could it be that the current runs much deeper? Further, even non-Christians have heard Jesus – God incarnate – referred to as “the Light of the world.” Is there some deeper connection between light and the Lord that isn’t exactly apparent? Who can say…
Practically however we can imagine how – shining brightly in His glory – the Lord would have provided a pre-sun source of illumination for the early creation. A number of Scriptures – including those associated with His transfiguration – note how brightly He shone, and certainly this was not a new development. On the first day of creation, as the dark, murky “waters” seethed in a black universe, it may be that the first light to ever touch the surface of what would become our planet was the bright light of the Creator. As that early planet spun from East to West, His light would have shone across its surface, darkness ruling the night on the opposite face. He would have been – in so many ways – the Light of the World. Before there even was a sun, there was the Son…
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” John 1:1-3
Something else too: beyond the natural phenomenon of light, and the divine light of the Lord, there is another facet of light that may first have made its appearance here in the beginning. Angels – in all their strange and varied forms – appear throughout the Scriptures, and though they are a familiar topic amongst believers and enthusiasts alike, many misconceptions plague this area of study. While we will address nature of angels, their variations, and the misconceptions about them in a later section, for now we will look at one particular aspect of their form: Angels apparently have a connection to the light. Even Satan himself – the original fallen one – is noted in 2 Corinthians 11:14 as being capable of appearing as an “angel of light.” Furthermore, extrabiblical sources declare that angels are in fact made of light. While we cannot be certain without a direct Scriptural reference to this fact, what we can look to specific two verses in regard to their advent.
First, we find a critical statement made in the book of Exodus, chapter 20, verse 11, which declares:
“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
Setting the debate over the age of creation aside for just a moment, we find that this statement – given by God Himself on Sinai to Moses – unequivocally declares that the Lord made everything in Heaven, everything on Earth, and everything beneath the waves over the course of six days. Not only does this verse deal a deathblow to the Gap Theory and other interpretations associated with deep-time, but also through it we can reason that – while God is eternal and existed before time in eternity – everything else in all realms of creation saw its advent over the course of just six days. Could this include the angels of Heaven? Apparently so.
Further, it stands to reason that the angels were created as early as the First day of this six-day period. Looking to the book of Job, we read in Chapter 38 that the angels were present and joyous over the founding of the earth.
“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Job 38:4-7
These were the created Sons of God, the Bene ha’Elohim, beings of light and fire that witnessed the glory of Creation firsthand, and they are still watching over it today.
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