At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. ---(Mathew 11:25)
If we once realize all this earth as it is, we should find ourselves in a land of miracles: we shall discover a new planet at the moment that we discover our own. Among all the strange things that men have forgotten, the most universal and catastrophic lapse of memory is that by which they have forgotten that they are living on a star. ---(G.K. Chesterton, From The Defendant)
For the Spirit being one, and holding the place of light, was between the water and the Heaven . . . ---(Theophilus ad Autolycus, Genesis Commentary)
You sent forth your Spirit, they were created, and you renewed the face of the Earth. ---(Psalm 104:30)
While these changes were going on upon the dark globe, I saw, as it were, a streaming forth of light out of that highest of all the spheres, the Godsphere, that sphere in which God dwelt. ---(Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, from Mysteries of the Old Testament)
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you possess understanding!
Who set its measurements – if you know –
Tell me, if you possess understanding!
Who set its measurements – if you know –
or who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its bases set,
or who laid its cornerstone –
when the morning stars sang in chorus,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Genesis 1 is a narrative. A narrative describes consummated events. I assume that the sacred author derived his narrative from a prophetic dream. God stimulated the sacred author’s brain to make a movie, a vision. It was as if the sacred prophet was there when all this he describes happened. After his prophetic dream he committed to writing what he saw. This choice and process of tracing was also stimulated by God in what is usually called Inspiration. The sacred author is making a statement of facts of consummated phenomena that he understood happened in the past.
We could define phenomena as dynamic relations mediated by objects (mediators). A mediator is an object that communicates phenomena between one object and another object. These statement of facts of consummated phenomena derived from prophecy are validated by the Resurrection of Christ Jesus and every other Miracle performed by God in the past, present or future. And so we could call this Script a set of postdictions: descriptions of past events without error.
And God said, “Let light happen”
The first event of the prophetic movie was the light-event. The setting of the light-event is the Earth. This is indisputable. If one even so much suggests energy or Big-Bang as an interpretation in this context, he has to his great shame contradicted the first and second verses of the sacred story. The Big-Bang cannot happen after the Spirit is emitted to an astronomical object named Earth. If one is not happy with the setting of this story I suggest he find another God and another Sacred Script.
The agents collectively consummating the light-event are God who is in Heaven, the Spirit—sent by God to the Earth, moving back and forth over the Earth---and finally Earth herself. Earth is the target object of the light event. Earth is the target. Earth. God in Heaven and the Spirit connecting Earth to Heaven are the mediators who will consummate the light event. God had moved Himself and Heaven very close to the astronomical object we call Earth. And he emitted the Spirit to Earth so as to act as the go between in this miracle called light.
The sacred author was privy to the light event via a prophetic dream induced by God. With this light event we are really asking ourselves: what happened? Notice I have the Hebrew verb hayah translated as ‘happen’ instead of be or exist. This is a valid interpretation within this context. The meaning implied in this Script is that some sort of dynamic relation happened between God who was in Heaven and the Earth by means of the Spirit of God. 'Exist' or 'be' is a static concept which describes objects, i.e. they stand out, hAve location. Light on the other hand refers to a dynamic concept. Concepts, such as light lack Form, and so light is strictly speaking disqualified from existence or being. Light describes existing objects consummating phenomena.
My interpretation of “And God said” has a double meaning. The Holy Father gave a command to the missive Spirit so as to enact the light event AND the sacred author was made privy to this command by actually hearing God’s description of his conception in the prophetic dream. God could have simply stimulated the prophet's nerve fibers and auditory cortex responsible for interpreting sound. Like a dream sometimes it is as if we hear one of our loved ones or friends talking to us out loud when in reality they are no where near. There is no possible way that a pious Jew would dare quote God unless he was thoroughly convinced and compelled to the degree of prophecy.
In any case, the concept God conceived for his miraculous action is light. Light refers to a dynamic concept, a moving relation. Light is a verb. Has anyone ever seen an object called light??? Does light have form? If it does draw me a picture of light. Is this not obvious? Even the Hebrew word for light is derived from a verb translated: to make luminous. Light is a relationship between two or more objects usually atoms inter-mediated by that invisible fundamental subatomic object which connects all atoms, and from which all atoms derive their form. For simplicity lets just call that nexus a ray as in ray of light. Atoms stimulate one another via these rays connecting them, the same from which they derive their form. But in this our story, the two objects in the dynamic relation are God and Earth and the intermediary is the Spirit of God moving over Earth’s surface. Light figuratively references a miraculous relation between God and Earth via the Spirit who has been sent forth to Earth to be present and act on behalf of the Holy Father, and His only begotten Son. It is implied that God emitted the Spirit to the Earth in Gen 1:2. And so light figuratively refers to God’s dynamic relation with the Earth via the Spirit. God enters into a moving relationship with the Earth.
God uses light as his concept of what he does to the Earth. God worked the Earth similar to how atoms or stars illuminate a target object. It is AS IF God is a star which illuminates another star, in this case a cold and icy dark star, the Earthen star. The Spirit is like a ray and may have even appeared by a gargantuan ray in the prophetic movie which happened in the sacred author's brain. God miraculously stimulated the face of the Earth AS IF a Star, AS IF a Sun. The Earth rotated so that God’s supernatural action mediated by the Spirit eventually stimulated the entire face of the Earth, from east to west, over and back again, in a Divine Day.
In this context day is a figurative, comparative idea used by the sacred author to describe that which was happening. Time is simply a comparison between two or more motions where one motion is assumed to be regular, cyclical, constant, etc. The sacred author figured the days he experienced on Earth to this Divine prophetic Day in which God locked himself into with the Earth. This miraculous phenomenon was like the daylight we now experience on Earth in relation to the Sun. The Sun’s action lights up a limited surface area of Earth to frequencies beyond which is what we call darkness. The Sun gets the atoms of the Earth and her atmosphere flickering, but God did much more so, so much so that a modern atmosphere burst forth. And like a present day on Earth in one direction (parallel to the imaginary equatorial plane) it was a Divine morning, in the other direction it is a Divine evening. This is “God divided the light from darkness” concept in the fourth verse along with the evening and morning concepts.
There is also a literal meaning of light in this context. It is perhaps more often than not in prophecies, that a Word of God will assume both literal and figurative meanings, e.g. John the Baptist figuratively prepared the way for Jesus by preparing the people's heart's via preaching and his baptism. That is not all. John the Baptist also literally built paths, seats, arbors, baptismal fonts, etc. that Jesus and the Apostles and Disciples would later use. O.k., so God, from Heaven literally lit up the face of the Earth, for the duration He miraculously transfigured her surface. If you were in a spaceship observing the Earth long ago when this Divine light event happened you would see an illuminated Earth shimmering in different colors and her surface features changing, transforming, etc. The sacred prophet saw this in his dream and understood what had happened. But God modeled his Miracles of transforming the face of the Earth just like the days we would understand in the future. It was suppose to be easy to figure out, and yet we have adulterated this Sacred Text with our delusions of grandeur . . . so much so that I am sad to say perhaps only a child would believe this interpretation.
God uses the idea of light to communicate his intention and the work He wrought with the Earth. God, just beyond the Earth in Heaven, makes a connection to the Earth via the Spirit and then stimulates the face of the Earth via the Spirit, in a similar manner that all atoms are connected and stimulate one another via an invisible subatomic nexus. Think of God as an artisan miraculously creating and carving out forms in the Earth’s sluggish surface, via the Spirit, in a singular miraculous light event. Like a laser stylistically etching wood or some other material. Like a beam of light causing plumes of atoms and gas molecules to wrap around the Earth in bands, in layers, in style! God performed elegantly. Like a master pianist, or artist performing stylistically yet with breathtaking efficiency. One can almost taste the grandeur and cutthroat efficiency in the sacred author's chosen word and structure of narrative.
The sacred author’s follow up statement, "And light happened" confirms that this Script is a narrative relating events. Event, happening, phenomenon, occurrence, incident, etc. Whatever you will. Once God completes his act of terraforming, as the Earth naturally rotates, he ceases his miracle, and the Spirit returns to Heaven. The sacred author describes this as God taking rest. God retires at completion of this miracle. God thoroughly wrought a Deed with great desire. When the Deed was completed, he saw it all, relaxed and enjoyed. The sacred author saw this Deed in prophecy and communicated the Deed in tracing some sort of Hebrew characters.
The Light Event is the Matrix Event of all the Events in Genesis 1 Narrative
God changed the face of the Earth which at that time was an old inactive compressed star (and still is). The Earth was not irradiating a full spectrum. She was dark. Earth was once what they call a free-floating exoplanet, moving between stars. But even before it became an exoplanet it was an active fusing star with a diverse history of marching around our galaxy. Earth began as all stars do, and developed in accord with its original mass. After billions of years of shedding atoms, and after she synthesized molecules, chemicals, crystallized and perhaps acquired some heavy metals and a supplemental water supply . . . after likely billions or in the trillions of Angels rebelled: God established a singular relation with the Earth via the missive Spirit and changed her surface structure, formed a virgin atmosphere, continents, plants, microorganisms, soils, animals and finally Adam and Eve. God changed Earth's color and appearance especially when he placed the Earth near the Sun together with all the other ‘planets’ and our moon reflecting light to her from the Sun. We can think of all these as sub-events happening within a single unified light event.
In this light event God created immaculate and prototypical plant and animals as well as the Garden and made everything we love on the Earth such as the atmosphere, landmasses, the seas, some mountains, hills, lakes, etc. AS IT FIRST WAS in a virgin state before sin entered through Adam and Eve and so God cursed it and it has had to suffer various harms and evolution ever since. Microorganisms originated with the miraculous creation of the first plants and animals and the resurfacing of the Earth with fertile soils; these in an ecosystem. God created the original microorganisms to have a beneficial symbiotic relationship with the prototypical plants and animals and entire Earth, especially our soil. God also moved the the Sun and the Moon together with the Earth so that the Earth would move around the Sun and benefit from her rays and the Moon would also benefit the Earth. Prior to this the Earth was a wandering star, marching around the galaxy near the newer Sun. The atmosphere then lit up for the first time by the Sun and the plants were stimulated by her rays.
This event is the light event. A single, unique, utterly miraculous, and extraordinary event which had not happened prior or has not happened since in all the vast history of what we call Universe. The light event, as I call it did not take long at all. It was a sudden and spontaneous transformation that culminated in the creation of Adam and Eve with God temporarily retiring, leaving Adam and Eve to their own thoughts and deliberate actions in Paradise. The light-event was a stunning miracle, yes shocking by today’s unimaginative and unbelieving standards. It could have taken place billions of years ago. The when is a moot point. It doesn’t matter when. Who really cares?
It must be understood in no uncertain terms that this verse does not refer to a creation of light from nothing or by way of anything. God did not create a physical entity called light since light refers to a concept of a physical phenomenon constantly performed by atomic and invisible subatomic objects. Light is an action performed by physical mediators namely atoms and those hypothetical continuous physical entities between all atoms. These mediate light signals to and from all atoms of the universe (c squared). God did not literally create light, rather God created the objects that do the work of light between all atoms of the universe. They act between atoms and their action is rooted in the atoms. Light is our concept, invoking the action of all these objects. God used this concept that he understood we would conceive, so as to communicate his Miracle with the Earth. But the invisible objects that perform the work of light, acting between atoms, I suppose were first created at the miraculous event of creation ex nihilo which happened a long, long time before the supernatural event described in Genesis 1:3.
Earth is Elect
Genesis 1:3 refers to the initiation of a supernatural phenomenon, or of a Divine event, or a Divine action or in an integral sense a process worked by God (One Day, second day, third day, fourth and so on). The light event is the matrix or root description of the entire narrative. The light event subsumes all the events of the entire narrative. This process is not a physical process worked by Mother Nature (so to speak). It is rather a Divine process in which the Three Divine Persons, namely the Father and the Son and the Spirit, act as mediators. The Three, by their inherent quality called Almighty, move to transform the face of the pre-existing and predefined astronomical object called the Earth. An object called light IS NOT the target object of their miraculous action. Earth is the target object of their miraculous action, figuratively conceived by God as light.
The phenomenon described in Gen 1:3 is supernatural, miraculous, suprarational, wonderful. Oh God my miracle! God miraculously terraformed this old dark star. And this Divine phenomenon was not imparted to any other star in the Universe in all history. Earth is elect. Earth is graced. God desired her. God initiated his relationship with planet Earth by renewing it, reshaping its surface, reforming it. He made it his special object with a goal of Christ Jesus and all his plans with the human family. In the light event, the Holy Father prepared Earth as an altar for Jesus. The result of the light miracle is that the Earth transformed from an old dark star to what is communicated in Genesis One: A renewed star, with bright places, a layered sphere, living entities, a place around the Sun, animals, and Man, specifically the first male and female of the human family, named Adam and Eve. God elected this astronomical object from its foundation as a bright yellow main sequence star, however the light event is its formal adoption into God’s plan, yes God’s plan not Mother Nature’s plan.
This said, Earth's election IN NO WAY IMPLIES that Earth is the center of a concept called Universe or that the Sun revolves around the Earth like the puerile neo-Geocentrists still think. This Sacred Script has nothing to do with the Grecian doctrine of Geocentrism, and everything to do with this supernatural light event God enacted with the Earth.
God stimulated the Earth like no other. He graced her. He, Personally, transfigured her. He worked her. And he continues to do this this in subtle ways in spite of the fact we are destroying her. But God chose and loved Earth above all others. There will never be another star like Earth. And we are not even to the end yet, for God will make the Earth new yet again after the Resurrection and Last Judgment. God will form a New Earth from the ashes of the old.
Again, even if I am redundant: The light miracle begins this astronomical object’s history of being intimately associated with God. God connects Himself, attaches Himself, to the Earth via the Spirit and ultimately via Christ Jesus: forever. This dynamic relationship began with the light miracle of Genesis One. God initiates His association with Earth by changing the surface of the planet. God has not done this with any other star/planet. Only Earth. This is Earth’s uniqueness. This is the difference between Earth and all other astronomical objects however they are classified. I don’t care how similar other planets may seem to the Earth, none of them have undergone the light miracle of Genesis One, nor have any of them housed Christ Jesus and Mankind.
Like I said, this event initiated by God and described in the simple and humble words . . . . is singular, unique, one of a kind. Nothing like this miracle happened before it and nothing like it has happened since. The only other forecast event I can think of that is anything like the light-event is perhaps the future creation of the New Earth.
God goes out of Himself. God reached out to an astronomical object called the Earth and transformed it for Christ Jesus and us. It is as if he married Earth. He made it OUR home and one of his future homes in the New Earth when he will descend. And in spite of our sins and tendencies to sin and ruin all that is good and beautiful; Earth is obviously still very precious and God will regenerate again after the Tribulation.
Add-On I: What the light is NOT
The light does not reference the faithful Angels. The narrative is clearly focused on an object called Earth. Earth is described by the sacred author with surface features, namely an abyss with its synonym the waters, prior to the main event. If you take the interpretive route of Angels you have to explain why the darkness representing the fallen angels is communicated prior to the good Angels. And you have to explain what the earth was an astonishing-desert, with darkness over the face of the abyss, etc. What do these figuratively represent and how do they fit into the unified-integrated, consistent flow of the narrative? One cannot explain these without stretching the language too far beyond that of reason, critical thinking, rational analysis. We perform these once we assume Faith.
The light does not represent the light of the Big-Bang. The Big-Bang is a modern myth even according to its adherents. Besides if the light were the light of the Big-Bang then the second verse would have to be interpreted as pre Big-Bang which would be blatantly absurd. Would Earth refer to a primeval atom? Then you are on the level of a drunken stoner named Edgar Allan Poe. He interpreted the second verse as the primeval atom.
The light does not resolve to the light from the Sun. The Sun is not mentioned until the fourth event of the narrative.
The light does not resolve to the stars and galaxies. Genesis One is a prophetic narrative. Prophetic authors usually do not narrate didactic categories. They don't fop around with categories. The only part that is even remotely didactic is the fourth part when God and the sacred author explain why the Earth was placed in a system in relation to the Sun and other planets. That is easy to understand. For the plants God had formed, and later mankind would use the motion of the Earth in a comparative relation called time. Yet again, the sacred author is narrating a prophetically observed event, a supernatural phenomenon which he observed via prophecy just like Blessed Anne Catherine. He describes these events with detachment. To him they no doubt happened. Something happened to the Earth. Besides if the light represented a category of stars and galaxies the second verse would have to be prior to the stars and galaxies. It would be describing matter’s creation ex nihilo? Then where would you go from there? What would the expanse/firmament represent? Our galaxy or our solar system?
The light does not resolve to the natural light described and explained in physics. The objects that perform the work of light were created at matter’s creation ex nihilo, before there was an Earth which is clearly described as an object (that which has form) in the first and second verses. The mediator of light between atoms is DNA like, an intertwining thread, that constantly waves in a mode of torsion. This invisible and fundamental subatomic object mediates twisting signals to and from all atoms, in a manner described by c = frequency * linklength. This same entity mediates gravity. The atom derives its form from this fundamental entity and also uses it to perform electricity and magnetism. The second verse would have no meaning if the third verse light resolved to natural light.
Add-On II: Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's Version
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich had a similar vision concerning the light event to that of the sacred author.
Blessed Anne describes:
Immediately after the prayer of the faithful choirs and that movement in the Godhead, I saw below me, not far from and to the right of the world of shadows, another dark globe arise [Earth].
I fixed my eyes steadily upon it. I beheld it as if in movement, growing larger and larger, as it were, bright spots breaking out upon it and encircling it like luminous bands. Here and there, they stretched out into brighter, broader plains, and at that moment I saw the form of the land setting boundaries to the water. In the bright places I saw a movement as of life, and on the land I beheld vegetation springing forth and myriads of living things arising. Child that I was, I fancied the plants were moving about.
Up to this moment, there was only a gray light like the sunrise, like early morn breaking over the earth, like nature awakening from sleep. And now all other parts of the picture faded. The sky became blue, the sun burst forth, but I saw only one part of the earth lighted up and shining. That spot was charming, glorious, and I thought: Theres Paradise!
While these changes were going on upon the dark globe, I saw, as it were, a streaming forth of light out of that highest of all the spheres, the Godsphere, that sphere in which God dwelt.
It was as if the sun rose higher in the heavens, as if bright morning were awakening. It was the first morning. No created being had any knowledge of it, and it seemed as if all those created things had been there forever in their unsullied innocence. As the sun rose higher, I saw the plants and trees growing larger and larger. The waters became clearer and holier, colors grew purer and brighter everything was unspeakably charming. Creation was not then as it is now. Plants and flowers and trees had other forms. They are wild and misshapen now compared with what they were, for all things are now thoroughly degenerate.
Before the sun appeared, earthly things were puny; but in his beams they gradually increased in size, until they attained full growth.
The trees did not stand close together. Of all plants, at least of the largest, I saw only one of each kind, and they stood apart like seedlings set out in a garden bed. Vegetation was luxuriant, perfectly green, of a species pure, sound, and exempt from decay. (From Mysteries of the Old Testament)Add-On III
I offer my simplistic visual conception and comments of what the sacred author may have seen in his prophetic state. Serious theologians and scripture scholars might raise their eye brows at something like this but I don't care. I assume the sacred author underwent a prophetic dream stimulated by God. His brain experienced a prophetic 3D movie that represented what really happened. And he describes a SETTING and EVENTS. Someone should be able to draw a crude picture of what he saw in prophecy. Of course it was much more wonderful than this:
I hereby retire from this interpretation. What happened after Adam and Eve sinned and were transported by God from Paradise to a radically different Earth where all the plant and animal kingdoms had evolved in a fallen course for many years will be made clear when Enoch and Elijah return from Paradise.
Thank you God. The END.
Thank you God. The END.