This is the reference photo for an upcoming illustration entitled “Let there be light”. It occurred to me the other day, that God may have created light as a spiritual entity, and may have not had the by product of a star or a sun in mind at the time. At least not in this context. I began to wonder if the passage in Genesis 1:2 is refering to Jesus Christ; who declared himself to be the light of the world. (John 8:12) So, actually I’d just be agreeing with him (Christ) in thinking this to be true. In fact, the scriptures say everything was created by him, and for Him. (Colossians 1: 15,16) I’m beginning to believe that this creation story, for the most part, is about the structure and working order of the Kingdom of God, that it is story of redemption from spiritual darkness and chaos, and that it is not a literal story of the creation of this planet and it’s biological inhabitants. I’m pretty sure I’m not the first to think this way, nor the only one.
There are, at least, a couple of reasons that I can think of off the top of my head, (in a natural sense) for this to be the case; besides the scriptural/spiritual reasons listed above. Genesis 1:1 states that he created the heavens and the earth. (Step one) Unfortunately, none of us saw how that happened so, lets go to the next thing. Then He (God) was looking at the way things were going and contemplating the next step. (Gen 1:2) It says also that the earth was in darkness and chaos, or literally a wasteland. (paraphrasing a little here). I believe this is possibly a reference to spiritual darkness not an absence of light waves.(again see Col 1:15,16) Also, God created the plants and then the sun.(Gen 1:3,4) It seems a little out of order doesn’t it? I mean, God knows plants need sunlight for photo synthesis. Right? Of course, the author may not be refering to the star at the center of our solar system either.That does stand to reason if we follow the line of thought that is being introduced here. (Well, there are alot of arguements to be considered, when formulating an opinion on this particular account.) Because, later on, the writer of Genesis says that the plants hadn’t sprouted yet (Gen.2:5)., so…., either it doesn’t matter what the order is, even if this is a literal account of the beginings of life on this planet or, maybe, there exists the possibility that there are multiple creations going on simultaneouslyor, the writer wasn’t talking about physical plant life either. Wow! I personally like the last two explanations best.
Anyway, this illustration is to be a fantastical representation of light as an entity all its own apart from the known souces that we understand. The young man you see here is my son Yiri. I’ll begin work on the painting in the next day or so. You’ll be able to see this illustration in progress at the Village Coffee Shop Saturday, March 20,2010.