I am continuing in my study of Isaiah 45:7, specifically the study of light. The Hebrew word for light in my passage is owr (H216) and has a fairly basic definition: illumination, luminary (in every sense including lightening, happiness, etc.), bright, clear, day + light (ening), morning, sun. The Hebrew word translated light in my passage is the same word translated light in Genesis 1:3, “And God said, ‘Let there be light’”. I was curious to see if I could learn anything from this but, as I went through other scriptures where owr is used, I wasn’t getting any light on the matter (ha ha).
In the Genesis Account, plants are created before the sun, moon, and stars. The Word of God declares, “…let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night: and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth” (Genesis 1:14-15). The light of Genesis 1:3 cannot be sunlight and I was curious what my science books had to say on the subject.
In John Wiester’s book The Genesis Connection, he writes, “The Universe began at a sharply defined instant in time in a fiery explosion of intense brilliance. In the beginning, pure energy was transforming itself into matter. One of the greatest contributions of nineteenth-century physics was the statement of the law of conservation of energy. In essence this law says that energy can change form, but it is never destroyed. Thus in the Big Bang, pure energy would alter itself into forms of matter about which we can only theorize. The first particles to emerge were photons (particles of light) and neutrinos (subatomic particles that travel through solid bodies at the speed of light). These were almost instantaneously followed by electrons, positrons, protons, and neutrons. Initial temperatures were beyond comprehension, such as one hundred thousand million degrees. The Universe was filled with light.”
I found a similar quote in Mind Maps: Physics by Dr. Ben Still: “It is thought our universe started with a Big Bang. Before this event, there was nothing, including no space for things to move in, or time to grow old by. At some point, some quantum fluctuation triggered energy, space, and time to be unleashed. In the first moments, the universe expanded outward into the nothing faster than the speed of light, a tiny period of time known as inflation. Space and time unfurled like a carpet as the universe doubled in size many times over until it reached about the size of a golf ball. This young universe, much less than one second old, was very hot, as huge amounts of energy were confined to a very small space. In the moments that followed, energy was converted into different forms, including the mass of many fundamental particles. Strong interactions almost immediately bound quarks into baryons and mesons, while electrons and other leptons stood by as spectators. At just minutes old, the universe was a plasma of electrically charged particles, each sharing energy through the exchange of light.”
Both of these quotes paint fascinating mental pictures for me. That beginning must have been glorious and beautiful beyond explanation. I am awed at the thought but don’t feel I am gaining any insight into what light actually is. I continued to peruse both books and in Dr. Ben Still’s book, found a section titled “The Strange Behavior of Light.” In Mr. Wiester’s book, I found: “Light is the key to all life in this world. It is the form of energy that is necessary for all life on Earth. It is an imperfectly understood gift that behaves as both a wave and a particle to provide the energy upon which all life ultimately depends.”
In reading both books, I got the sense that scientists don’t fully understand light and my attention was captured by Mr. Wiester’s words, “imperfectly understood.” I was reminded of 1 John 1:5 which says, “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” Like the created light that, while studied and knowledge is growing all the time remains imperfectly understood, so does the God who is light remain imperfectly understood. Or, He would if He had not chosen to reveal Himself to us. All through the Old Testament we have God revealing Himself but this revelation is piecemeal. No one person had a complete picture. There are promises like this one in Isaiah: “The Sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory” (60:19). And then, in the fullness if time, every promise was fulfilled.
The Word became flesh and, in Jesus, we see the final, full, and complete revelation of God. John’s Gospel says,”No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (John 1:18). Light can now be perfectly understood.
My study has only touched on the darkness mentioned in Isaiah 45:7 as I have looked up scriptures and seen darkness and light mentioned together. I have not looked at all at the word “evil” in the passage and I am interested to see where the study goes as I look at the words that carry a negative connotation. What I can say for certain at this point is that I have often quoted scriptures like, “…that in all things He might have preeminence” (Colossians 1:18) and “God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:9) without fully understanding what they mean. As I study, I am convinced that Jesus is everything.
Jesus Christ is Lord. Jesus Christ is my Salvation, my Peace, my Rest, my Inheritance, my Promised Land, my Health, my Mind, my Source, my Very Life. In Jesus is Life. That life was, is now, and always shall be the light of all mankind. In Him all the promises of God are Yes! This day we declare; “Arise! Shine! For our light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon us!” (Isaiah 60:1).
Unless noted otherwise, all scriptures are quoted from The New King James Version of The Holy Bible, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, 1982
Still, Dr. Ben, Mind Maps Physics: How to Navigate the World of Science, 1st Edition, Unipress Books Limited, 2020
Strong, James, LL.D., S.T.D., The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee, 1990
Wiester, John, The Genesis Connection, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee, 1983