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Genesis 1:14-19

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Genesis 1:14
  • Genesis 1:15
  • Genesis 1:16
  • Genesis 1:17
  • Genesis 1:18
  • Genesis 1:19

Genesis is a book about many beginnings. The beginnings of the world, the human race, sin and redemption, and the nation of Israel to name a few. In fact, the word Genesis from the Greek means “origin,” and in Hebrew it means “beginning.” The book of Genesis contains the events of the flood, tower of Babel, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the lives of the Patriarchs.

In the beginning, God created everything by simply speaking, “God said…and it was so” (Genesis 1:6-7, 9, 11, 14-15). This is not a scientific technical account of creation, but it shows a loving God creating a universe and mankind to rule it and fellowship with God. Man was formed especially from the ground and given the breath of life from God. The woman was made from the man’s rib (Genesis 2:7).

After man fell into sin, things began to spin out of control quickly. Cain murdered his brother Abel and the human race became so violent that God decided to destroy them all with a flood. God saved one righteous man (Noah) and his family in an ark filled with animals to deliver the human race from extinction. God chose Abraham and blessed a special group of people named “Israel.” God began to unfold a plan of salvation from a coming famine by sending Joseph to rule in Egypt. The failure of man in every circumstance is met by the salvation of God. We fail, but the good news is God saves us.


In chapter one, we find the account of God creating the heavens and the earth. In the beginning, He formed all things perfectly. We learn that there is a beginning, a definite point in time that starts with the Creator. God, the creator, made everything in 6 days: light, sky, dry ground, bodies of water, plants, the sun, moon, stars, and planets, fish, birds, land animals, and then finally he created man. Man, the crown jewel of creation, was flawless, capable of fellowship with God, and able to enjoy and govern Eden. In Genesis chapter one we discover that God truly is the source of all.


God creates the sun, moon, and stars, on the fourth day of creation. The sun, moon, and stars provide the daily and seasonal cycles and the calculation of time.

We have another separation, the day from the night.

For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6). Eventually, God’s redemptive work will accumulate in the age to come when there will be no darkness. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever (Revelation 22:5).

The greater light is the sun, and the lesser light is the moon. They govern over the day and night. The Bible says the heavens proclaim the glory of God and the skies display his craftsmanship (Psalm 19:1). In Romans, Paul explains, For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse (Romans 1:20). God’s incredible creation clearly displays his eternal power and divine nature.

Biblical Text

14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. 17 God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. 19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

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