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"Let There be Light"
The Earth was without form and void
BIBLE READING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1.1-5
1. The Earth Was Without Form & Void
At first the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. It was not the sort of place where we could have lived. There were no trees, flowers or hills. In fact there was nothing at all that we could have recognised. The earth was formless and empty. Great waters, very deep, swelled and surged to and fro. All around there was nothing but raging waves. It was also very dark. There were no signs of life, no birds, no fishes, no animals and no people. But God was there and out of this dark emptiness he was going to bring a beautifully formed world full of life. Like a bird brooding over its chicks God the Holy Spirit moved over the shapeless waters. He kept them and was imparting life. He stopped them from passing away and prepared this unformed material for the bringing out of it living plants, living animals and living people.
2. "Let There Be Light"
Then God said, "Let there be light": and there was light. It had been very very dark. Nothing could be seen. Then by his word God made light. "For he spake, and it was done; he commanded and it stood fast." (Psalm 33.9) All through our lives the light of day reminds us of the eternal power of God. We speak and nothing happens. He spoke and it was done. There is only one thing to do because of this display of God's almighty power. "Let all the earth fear the Lord, let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him." (Psalm 33.8) Light is a mystery. Even the best scientists cannot fully explain what it is. But we can learn from science how important light is. Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a world with no light at all? When we go into a very dark room we do not like to be there because we cannot see. Light is important for sight. Without any light we would see nothing at all. The world would no longer be a beautiful place in which to live if light was taken away. We would all be like blind people who can see nothing at all. Remember to thank God for sight and light. You would not be able to live in a world with no light, because light is also important for life. Without light all of the plants of the earth would die. Animals and people would be left without food. The air would no longer be any good for us to breathe. Plants die without light because they need light to make their own food by photosynthesis.
3. Christ The Light
Because light is so important to sight and life we learn about spiritual things from it. Jesus Christ called himself "the light of the world". This light is the shining out of the full, rich and perfect life of God in the person, words, life and death of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who believe in Jesus Christ as the one and only true light of the world have spiritual light and life. If we believe on his name we can see where we are going and in spiritual things we have spiritual sight. We also experience new life, eternal life. The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes said about light, "Truly the light is sweet." (Ecclesiastes 11.7) The light which God made gives sight and life and is pleasant and good. But how much sweeter is that light which God gives in the Lord Jesus Christ so that we can see spiritual things by faith and enjoy life eternal! This is the most pleasant of all and makes us truly happy for ever and ever. Let us take notice of the Psalmist, "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." (Psalm 34.8)
Jesus said: "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). He who does truth comes to the light. (John 3.21)
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4.6)
WORDS TO LEARN
Write out in your vocabulary book and give the meaning of each of the following words: void, impart, recognise, display, brood (verb), raging, scientist, inhabitant, swell, photosynthesis.
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER
1. What was the earth like before light was created?
2. List seven things that were not there at all.
3. What was God the Holy Spirit doing?
4. What did God say? What happened?
5. What does this show?
6. Do we really know what light is?
7. Give two reasons why light is so important.
8. Who is the Light of the World?
9. What does the Light give to those who believe on his name?
10. What does the Psalmist think we should do (Psalm 34.8)?
11. How do you think that we can do this?
THINGS TO DO
Light and colour
Fill a soup dish with water and place it in the sunlight. Put a mirror partly into the water to reflect the light. The light can be reflected onto the wall but will no longer be white. List in your notebook the colours seen. What we see is called the spectrum.
Light and sight
Use two mirrors to make a simple periscope.
Light and life
Half cover a leaf of some plant with silver paper on both sides. Leave for three days. Take off the silver paper. Record the change in your note book. Draw and colour pictures of your leaf before and after your experiment.
FINDING OUT FOR YOURSELF
Find out about other experiments that you can do in connection with photosynthesis. A junior science book will help you.
The Spectrum of Light
Find out the correct colours of the rainbow and show them in the correct order.
BOOKS TO READ
1. Revelation 22.1-5
2. Job 38.18-24
3. Find a book to tell you about Isaac Newton the scientist who used a prism to split white light into the colours of spectrum.
4. Read more about mirrors, lenses, spectacles and prisms.
5. Read about the telescope and the microscope.
6. Find a junior science book to tell you more about leaves, chlorophyll, starch and photosynthesis.
PSALMS TO SING
Psalm 74.16-17 (Common Metre)
Psalm 119.129-132 (Common Metre)