Sun Day 4: How Can Light Exist During the First Three Days of Creation When the Sun Was Not Created until the Fourth Day?
Genesis 1:3–5 states, “Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.” A few verses later God created the “lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night… [and the] two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night… And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day” (Genesis 1:14–19). How can there be light, mornings, and evenings on the first, second, and third days if the sun, moon, and stars were not created until the fourth day?
The answer is found in Scripture and not inside of our limited minds with understanding based on how we see natural laws and relationships in play in the modern world. The Bible states that God Himself is light: “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Therefore, possibly God Himself was the light for the first three days of Creation. Something similar may also be in the case when God creates the new heavens and earth: “There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 22:5).