Back to “Day One”

Two passages complementing the new creation vision of the age of salvation with particular regard to the original, unmediated light of God as related to the first day of Genesis 1:

Isaiah 60:19, 20
The sun shall be no more your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon give you light;
but Yahweh will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
Your sun shall no more go down,
nor your moon withdraw itself;
for Yahweh will be your everlasting light,
and your days of mourning shall be ended.

As picked up by John in Revelation 21, rather than relegating such a task to the Sun and Moon, Yahweh himself will be the light; i.e., he will rule (Gen. 1:16, 18) and the people will respond accordingly by living righteously (Isa 60:21 – “Your people shall all be righteous…”).

Zechariah 14:6, 7
On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost.
And there shall be one day (yom ehad, cf. Gen. 1:5),
which is known to Yahweh,
neither day nor night,
but at evening time there shall be light.

The coming of Yahweh (v. 3, 4) in judgment against the nations and in salvation for Jerusalem (in a manner reminiscent of the dividing of the Red Sea, this time dividing the Mount of Olives, vv. 4, 5) is, so to speak, a return to the first day, prior even to the initial division of day and night.

Christians gather and remember Christ collectively on the first day of the week. No one doubts why that is. “Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb” (Jn. 20:1). But why was the resurrection on the first day of the week? Because it marks the inception of the new creation, a creation where God’s people live according to the rule of “the true Light” (1:9). Like John the Baptist, by gathering on the first day of the week we “bear witness about the (true) Light” (v. 8). Further, such gatherings must reflect a spirit of love toward those with whom we are gathered:

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
(1 Jn. 2:9-11; cf. 1 Cor. 11:20-22, 33).

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Published in: on May 30, 2014 at 7:52 am  Comments (1)