We ended the initial article on this subject at the last sentence of Genesis 1:2…
“And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
The Hebrew word “moved” is critical in our understanding this passage. The word can be translated with several different applications. For instance, it may be interpreted as brood, flutter, shake, vibrate, and even can have the meaning of to be relaxed. I am very much interested in the dual application of shake/vibrate to that of being relaxed. In the Big Bang theory, its premise is that there were some quantum fluctuations in which energy was converted to matter. In physics, a “quantum” is a discrete quantity or packet of energy. Whereas, in the Biblical model, matter was created first and then energy. God provided the initial energy source to vibrate and shake the water molecules.
This “shaking” created cavitation bubbles. These are vapor cavities or voids formed within a liquid. When there is sufficient pressure acting upon these bubbles, they collapse. The laws of physics and chemistry state that pressure and temperature are directly proportional. This merely means that when one increases, the other also increases. These “collapsing bubbles” will create enormous amounts of heat energy. Scientists have been able to actually measure the heat generated from the collapse of just a single cavitation bubble. They have recorded temperatures in excess of 20,000 degrees Fahrenheit which is far hotter than the surface of the sun. In this process of heat formation, a fourth state of matter is produced, namely, plasma. It is the plasma that ionizes the trapped gas contained within the bubble which will then emit energy in the form of light.
What I just described is but a summary of a natural phenomenon that scientists are still investigating. Their study is based upon what is known as sonoluminescence, that is, light produced by sound or shock waves. In fact, some studies have suggested that even fusion may occur within these extremely high temperatures. One study referred to it as a “star within a jar.” Fusion is when two hydrogen atoms combine to form a helium atom and produces energy and releasing heat and light. Fusion is the process whereby our sun and all the stars operate.
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
We now come to the very crux of the matter (pun intended). When the Spirit of God began to move over the waters, I believe this action initiated an extraordinary chain of events. Initially, what was just described occurred. Additionally, unimaginable temperatures were produced which triggered massive fusion reactions. This is the basis for the origin of the heavier elements. This heat also “excited,”or elevated the electrons to move into a higher energy level. Then the command came, “Let there be light.” At that point, those electrons fulfilled the second part of the definition of “moved,” that is, “to be relaxed.” When this happened, they became more stable by dropping to a lower energy level, thus emitting photons of light.
Whether it was this process, or the collapse of the cavitational bubbles described previously, the final result was the creation of light. Indeed, God might have used both. When our awesome God spoke only four words, that matter which he had created had to respond. This reminds me of a vintage TV advertisement of a brokerage firm: “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen.” The power of the spoken Word is beautifully illustrated in Mark 4:39 which is very reminiscent of the passage before us.
“And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”
“And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.”
After God created light from the original matter which was enveloped in total darkness, He then separated the light from this dark matter. Oftentimes, we define darkness as the “absence of light.” While this may be true, the original darkness was the origin of light. This agrees with the words made by Paul: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts…” (2 Cor.4:6). As a result, the original electromagnetic spectrum, of which visible light is but a small portion, was made as a consequence of God’s energetic action (moved) upon His initial created matter and by the command of His Word.
I find it interesting that on this first creation day, God separated physical light from physical darkness. There is also a day marked on God’s celestial calendar which Jesus referred to as the Last Day. The Bible also refers to it as the Day of Judgment. So, there is something that is common to both the first day and the last day. In both, there will be a separation. However, on this last day, God will separate spiritual light from spiritual darkness.
“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
Isn’t it amusing that even atheists, who deny and hate God, are bound to use the very names which were established by Him? Also, ironic is the fact that they “hate” someone whose existence they vehemently deny. The evening and morning is an obvious phrase used to denote a 24 hour day. There are only two factors required for this to happen: the rotation of the earth on its axis and a light source. On this first day, I believe that God founded our physical laws and the four fundamental forces. Also, he utilized these laws to produce all of our naturally-occurring elements. I don’t believe that God acts as a magician. However, He can “speed up” all processes to accomplish His purpose and will. That being said, remember that God is transcendent and is not bound by His own creation.
“…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)