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 (NKJV).
The two elements of time which define our calendar.
The distinction between them has been somewhat blurred by the technology which allows us to work or play almost equally well regardless of what the clock or the calendar say.
The Scripture has a lot to say about these two elements of time. Here are some OT references.
Genesis 8:22, “While the earth remains,…day and night Shall not cease.”
Psalm 74:16, The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have prepared the light and the sun.
Jeremiah 33:20, 21, “Thus says the Lord: ‘If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministers.
It’s interesting in Jeremiah that the Lord compares the continuing orderly succession of day and night with the perpetuity of the Davidic and the Levitical covenants, and that only if that solar covenant can be broken could it be that David should not have a son to reign on his throne.
It’s commonly believed that the Davidic Covenant has been fulfilled and, as a result, the Lord Jesus sits on the throne in heaven. But then, what about “the Levites, the priests, My ministers”? Though descendants of Levi might still exist, there are no Levites ministering today. Indeed, only the Lord knows who they might be. And there is no Temple in which they might minister.
Ezekiel 40-48 give us the answer to this difficulty. Though not yet, there is coming a time when there will be a Temple in Jerusalem. Only the Lord knows the time when all that will be fulfilled, but it will be fulfilled as Ezekiel foretold it.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
But there’s more to this “night and day” and light and darkness than just the chronological side. When God created this world, He made man to be different from the various animals. Though I don’t like to use the term because of the way it’s been misused in our culture, God made man to have a relationship with Him, something that animals do not have. This does not mean that everyone is saved, as the term “relationship” is used today; it means that we are His creation, His subjects, and that we are innately aware of it. We are dependent on Him for even the very breath we take into our lungs, Daniel 5:23 – and we are to know it, something never said of the animal world. We are to live for Him, to glorify Him, honor Him, serve Him. We are spiritual creatures (not “spirit” creatures – like angels), not just or only flesh, bone and blood.
We especially see this in the New Testament.
Though not a reference to night and day as such, one of the very first references to the light or darkness which characterize them is in Luke 1:76-79, where Zechariah the priest, finally freed from his long silence, says of his son, John,
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest;
For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
To give knowledge of salvation to His people
By the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;
To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace,
“To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.”
John was to be the forerunner, the herald, of the coming Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Without meaning to be funny, the Lord came to give us a light far different than just a new kind of light bulb. I’m sure His time and culture would be astonished beyond words by what we have in that way in our time, but He came to give us a different, eternal kind of light. He came to give us wisdom and understanding in the things of God. Proverbs 9:10 says, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
The Lord Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
John 1:4, 5 says, In Him was life, and the life was the light of men, And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
The Jews did not understand Him at all, and our time and culture no longer understand Him either, though there was time when we did, contrary to those who say otherwise. The Jews rejected Him, and so have we.
The Jewish nation disappeared, and I fear our culture and nation will also disappear one of these days. I’m afraid I see more than the beginnings of this dissolution in the news every day. As were the Jews of His time, I’m afraid we, too, will be condemned because of our rejection of the Lord Jesus.
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God, John 3:19-21.
What do you think of the Lord Jesus?
Is He just another religious figure?
Is He fictional, the product of men’s imagination?
Is He who the Bible says He is, God incarnate, conceived miraculously and born of a virgin?
Is He the Savior?
Is He your Savior?
When this planet is a distant memory, in a future we can’t begin to imagine, your answer to those questions now will determine where you are then.
Heaven, and the blessing and wonder of eternity, because of the Lord Jesus and your faith in who He was and what He did.
Hell, and torment and guilt because of your sins.
Which will it be?
It will be one or the other.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,” Acts 16:31.