Seven Awesome Days

First Day

Chapter 6

Chapter 6 And the Sun Began to Shine!

It’s the Fourth Day, early in the morning!

Our Guide reminds us that the Creator had announced that morning:

Bible“Let there be great lights in the upper space of the heavens…to shed light on the earth and to mark off the seasons and the days and the years”…and it came to be, just as God had said. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to rule over the night. There was an evening and there was a morning, and together they made up Day Four.

The first light of dawn is creeping over the landscape, bathing it in brilliance. Silently! Majestically! The whole world is basking gleefully in the new light--even the thirsty trees and flowers which had burst on the scene just yesterday.

It is the first Sunrise! Never before seen on Planet Earth! It is a marvelous moment. The trees and the grass drink in the life-giving rays, all but dancing with delight!

Surprisingly, the Radiant Light of the past three days blends perfectly with the new, more brilliant light of the Sun! And we realize the Creator had not just been providing a fill-in “light” for three days. He had actually provided a second form of light, so that the two could go on together to provide the needs of the New Creation!

The brilliant rays of the Sun were warming the earth and providing life-giving energy to the trees and flowers. The second light, the entire Light Spectrum (much of it not visible to the physical eye), was brilliantly fulfilling its multifaceted role--from sound waves and x-rays to the tiny bursts of energy that hold atoms and molecules together!

Its most welcome gift? The gift of sight! This Radiant Light had a very special place to fill in making possible the priceless ability to see! For all God’s creatures!

It was perfectly suited to this complementary role, along with the brilliant rays of the sun. Without it, vision would never have been a reality! With it, the most sophisticated “invention” in all the universe, the facility of human eyesight, was fully activated by the Creator’s Hand. That marvelous ability depends on about forty sub-systems, including the intricacies of the eye itself with its millions of tiny light sensors, the delicate optic nerve and the computer-like processing center of the brain. Together with the rays of the sun now streaming down from the sky, men and all of God’s creatures could joyously see!

And now, for the first time on Planet Earth, the outstretched branches of the forest and the thirsty grass of the fields could drink in freely the radiant, life-giving rays of the sun! God had simply spoken and all nature had leaped to fulfill His desires.

The Sun began to shine!

The Creator had still another vital purpose in mind. He was setting up a pattern of “light and dark”, of activity and rest, of work and leisure, into which the entire Creation would be molded. He created not just one, but two great lights, the sun and the moon. They would become the center of the “light and dark” rhythm of life on earth and form the basis of the seasons and the days and years throughout its history.

The Wise Creator had inaugurated “Time” on Day One. Now, carrying it one step further, He designated the rhythm of the seasons, summer and winter, and the whole world of living things would fit precisely into this pattern.

And then--oh, yes--God also made the stars! They were, relatively speaking, so small a thing at this point in the Creator’s mind, that almost as an aside the explanation is given, “He also made the stars.”

When the Creator made the stars, He was displaying His skill in handling even the far reaches of the universe. As a master craftsman might display an elaborately woven work of art, He states.

“With My own Hand, I made it,” (Isaiah 45:12). “I made it all.”

Just as happy children might decorate a Christmas tree with lights and bangles, God had joyously reached out and placed a star here and a galaxy there, spanning vast stretches of space as though stepping across the room. He plotted the place of each planet and star, and saw to it that not one was missing. He even gave each one a name!

God must have exulted greatly in the vast starry heavens He had made!

Sunbeams on a Mission

When He set the sun in place, the Great Originator was dealing with things of unbelievably huge proportions. The sun He made was so monumental in size that 330,000 earths could fit inside it—with room to spare! And it was so hot it registered temperatures (at its core) of 15,000,000 degrees centigrade!

Yet this same Maker had one single-minded objective in mind--to cast sunbeams through space in such a way that they would provide warmth and light for every part of Planet Earth! And specifically for every man or woman ever to walk on the earth!

The great King David, in explaining the ways of God, said:

“The blazing sun makes his appearance above the horizon at one end of the sky, and daily makes his full circuit to the other end. In this way, no one in the entire earth misses out on its heat and light. The sky and its heavenly bodies are an awe-inspiring display of God’s splendor. The atmosphere and all things below are a showcase of the work of God’s hands.” (Psalms 19:6,1 free translation).

Years ago, men thought the sun circled the earth. We now know of course that it’s the other way around--the earth circles the sun! So the Creator had to precisely manage the movement of those gigantic bodies as they hurtled through space if He wanted those sunbeams to reach every one on earth. It was a huge undertaking! But that is exactly what He did! He set the sun and the earth at a precisely calculated distance from one another, and arranged the rotation of the earth in just such a way, that they would bring the desired heat and light to the surface of the planet!

There it accomplished the happy objective that He planned--sunbeams reaching every individual in every part of the earth, bringing just the heat and light each one needed!

Just Right

Another thing. Even though temperatures surrounding the earth were bitingly cold (and dangerous!) the rays traveling from the far-off sun warmed the earth in such a way as to maintain an average temperature world-wide of fifteen degrees centigrade--just right for life on the earth, and especially for human life!

Neither too hot, nor too cold!

Among all the planets, only the earth boasts this benefit! The earth is just the right distance from the sun, set at just the right angle, to reap the full benefit of the sun’s rays. vivid testimony to the careful planning of the One who set the heavenly bodies in place.

It becomes wonderfully clear that God set the sun in place with great precision, even though it is a giant ball of nuclear fired gases that reaches stupendous levels of heat. Too close to that heat and men would be incinerated! Too far away, and they would not benefit from its rays.

But at 149,600,000 kilometers? This turns out to be precisely the right distance. All part of a wisely laid out plan!

Setting Our Clocks

Greenwich is a town in the south of England, actually now a part of London. At its observatory exact measurements of the movement of the sun and the moon and the stars have been taken, and a precise Greenwich Mean Time has been determined. This is used in many countries of the world to calculate the correct time, which is then further enhanced by highly delicate “atomic clocks.”

It is truly amazing that these heavenly bodies move with such precision that clocks can be set by them, to the very second. And with absolute confidence!

The Majestic Beauty of a Sunset

I have many times stood transfixed on Sri Lanka’s beautiful shoreline, where the horizon arches away as far as the eye can see. I have gazed at the awesome sight of a setting sun and marveled at the majesty of it all.

What beauty! What majesty! It is an unveiling of the marvelous Hand that took the elements of water and weather, and against a backdrop of mountains and rivers painted such an exquisite picture. It is a fleeting glimpse at the wonders of what the Creator accomplished so wonderfully on that Fourth Day in the history of the world.

Among all the planets, only the earth boasts this benefit! The earth is just the right distance from the sun, set at just the right angle, to reap the full benefit of the sun’s rays. vivid testimony to the careful planning of the One who set the heavenly bodies in place.

It becomes wonderfully clear that God set the sun in place with great precision, even though it is a giant ball of nuclear fired gases that reaches stupendous levels of heat. Too close to that heat and men would be incinerated! Too far away, and they would not benefit from its rays.

But at 149,600,000 kilometers? This turns out to be precisely the right distance. All part of a wisely laid out plan!

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