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Day and Night
God saw that the light was good
SECTION 5 Every day is precious
SECTION 6 Activities
BIBLE READING: GENESIS 1.1-5
1. God Saw that the Light was Good
When God saw the light he saw that it was good. We must not, however, think that God has a body with eyes and sees as we do. God is a Spirit without body, parts or passions. But this does not mean that God cannot see. In fact God sees everything through and through knowing everything about anything he sees. So God saw that the light was good. It was perfect and he could approve of it. God himself is perfect and cannot say that anything which is not perfect is good.
2. God Divided the Light from the Darkness
The work of the first day did not end here. God divided the light from the darkness. Although God created light there was still darkness. God, therefore, separated the light from the darkness and ever since darkness and light have followed each other. It is light then dark, then light again and darkness follows.
3. God Called the Light "Day"
God then gave names to the light and the darkness. He called the light "Day" and the darkness he called "Night". The first period of light and the period of darkness together made one full day. Our full day is still made up of day-time, when it is light, and night-time when it is dark. The opening verses of the book of Genesis tell us about the very first day. The evening and the morning were the first day.
4. Day and Night
This division between the light and the darkness is very important. The light of day comes to an end when the evening comes and the darkness falls. The darkness of the night comes to an end when the morning comes and another day breaks. Such a period of light and such a period of darkness make one full day so that we can measure the passage of time. We know that each time there is light and darkness another full day of our life has passed never to return. It has become "yesterday". "Today" is another day.
5. Every Day is Precious
It is for this reason that every day is precious. When it has gone it will never be again. Our days on the earth are numbered, we do not live on and on, one day we must die and leave this earthly scene. We must not, therefore, waste our time. Every moment must be spent in the most precious way. The most precious way is always God's way. Ask God to make you realise how short your earthly days are so that you may value each one and use it in the best way. The Psalmist prayed, "Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." (Psalm 90.12) The writer of the book called Ecclesiastes tells us how to use each day to the best advantage, "Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." (Ecclesiastes 12.13) God has given us all a fixed number of days here on earth (Ecclesiastes 5.18), so we are to use them to the full to his glory. Not only must we count each one precious, not only must we use each one in obedience to God but we must try our hardest and work as well as we can for him. When our days are gone it is too late. "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might." (Ecclesiastes 9.10)
Some words of the Lord Jesus Christ help us to remember these things every day. He once said to his disciples, "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work." (John 9.4) What he meant by this is shown by what he said next, "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (verse 5). The Lord Jesus Christ knew that he had to die and leave this earth. He knew that he had only so long to live. He spoke of his life-time as "the day" during which he must work and of his death as "the night" when he would rest from his labours on earth. This is what we do every day says the Psalmist, the sun rises and man goes out to his work and to his labour "until the evening." (Psalm 104.23) During the day we work. Evening comes and our work stops. The time has come for rest. During the night we must sleep if we would work the next day.
This limit on our working day, because we need sleep, reminds us that there is a limit to our working life because of our coming death. We know that day is followed by night. We know that this life comes to an end in death. We must take full advantage of the day to work and as we do this, trying to get everything done before darkness comes, we are to be reminded to take full advantage of our lives before our death. How is this to be done? Some say, "let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die." (1 Corinthians 15.32) Let us enjoy ourselves and have plenty of pleasure doing what we like, is what they say. But what did Jesus say? "I must work the works of him that sent me." While it is day, while we have the breath of life, as long as we are alive we are to do the works which God has given to us to do. In God's name, following God's commandments, to God's glory, and by his power we are to build God's kingdom here on earth while it is day.
Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes. While you have light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light. ( See John 12.35,36)
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." (John 9.5)
WORDS TO LEARN
Copy each of these words into your vocabulary book and add their meanings: passions, precious, approve, realise, division, limit (noun), period, advantage, kingdom, yesterday.
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER
1. What did God think about the light?
2. What division did God make on the first day?
3. What names did God give on the first day?
4. Why is every day precious?
5. How can we best use each day?
6. What is the day for and what is the night for?
7. What is our life for?
8. How are we not to live?
9. How is the Christian to live?
10. Make a list of things that you think you should do for God.
THINGS TO DO
A Table about Yesterday
Prepare a table about yesterday making a list under each of the headings.
THINGS THAT I DID YESTERDAY
A Globe Experiment
Use a globe or large ball and a torch or lamp in a darkened room to see how one half of the earth is light and the other half dark. Rotate the globe and record what happens in the UK.
Drawing and Painting
Draw and paint two pictures of the same place showing how it would look during the day and how it would look at night.
BOOKS TO READ
1. Psalm 74.12-17
2. Bible verses about sleep: Psalm 127.2, Proverbs 20.13, Ecclesiastes 5.12
3. Find books to tell you more about time and its measurement.
PSALMS TO SING
Psalm 139.7-12 (Common Metre)
Psalm 90.10-12 - Common Metre
God divided the light from the darkness