Firm Foundation Bible Study

Lesson 03 – How Does God Measure Time?  
Genesis 1:3-5

In this lesson, we are going to learn how God measures time.  The answer may surprise you because it is just the opposite of the way most people measure time. 

In verse one, we read that God created the heaven and the earth.  Then in verse two, we saw that God focused His attention on the earth.   He was not going to leave His creation undeveloped.

We also learned that darkness covered the earth.   In preparing a place for man to live, God’s next stage of creation was to create visible light. 

Genesis 1:3-5 – “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.   And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”

It is true that the sun sends light to the earth, but at this stage of God’s creation, He has not yet created the sun.  So where did the light come from?

Science reveals to us that light is one segment on the energy spectrum. 

Radio waves and microwaves are on the lower end of the energy spectrum.  Ultra-violet and x-rays are on the higher end of the energy spectrum.  In the middle of this energy spectrum is visible light.

God placed that energy in outer space when He made the heaven and the earth.  And now, He caused that energy to begin to shine in the form of visible light.

According to verse three, how did the light come about?  God spoke it.  By speaking it, God caused it to happen.  No one can create something by speaking it into existence, but God can.

In God’s greatness, He spoke and said, “Let there be light,” and out of that energy came light.

God said the light was good. He did not want the earth to stay in darkness.  In verse five, God called the light day, and the darkness he called night. 

It is at this point, we learn how God measures time.  It says in verse five, “And the evening and the morning were the first day”.  God measures time in an interesting order.

Most people would say their day starts with the morning and ends with the evening.  They go from morning to night; from light to darkness. 

But God measures time from the evening to the morning; from darkness to light.  Notice the Bible repeats this pattern for each day of creation.

Verse 5 – The evening and the morning were the first day.

Verse 8 – The evening and the morning were the second day.

Verse 13 – The evening and the morning were the third day.

Verse 19 – The evening and the morning were the fourth day.

Verse 23 – The evening and the morning were the fifth day.

Verse 31 – The evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Some people ask, “Why is that important?”  It is important because of what it teaches us about God. 

God was not satisfied to leave the earth in darkness.  The very first thing that He did was to make light to shine on the earth.

Then God began to measure time from the evening to the morning; from the darkness to the light.

Just as God took the world from darkness to light, He desires to take people from darkness to light.

God does not want people to be in darkness, people who do not know Him.  But He wants people to be in the light, people who know God and have a relationship with Him. 

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Questions Lesson 3

1. In Genesis 1:3-5, where did God focus his attention? 
a. Heaven 
b. Earth

2. According to Genesis 1:3-5, what did God create on Day 1?  ___________

3. According to Genesis 1:3-5, how did God cause the light to come into existence? 
a. He created the sun
b. He created the stars
c. He spoke it into existence
d. He created fire

4. When God spoke, he caused the energy that he placed in outer space when he made the heaven and the earth to begin to shine in the form of visible light. 
a. True
b. False

5. What did God call the light?  ________

6. What did God call the darkness?  ________

7.  According to Genesis 1:3-5, God measures time from morning to evening, from light to darkness. 
a. True
b. False

8.  According to Genesis 1:3-5, God wanted the earth to stay in darkness? 
a. True
b. False

9.  According to this lesson, God desires to bring people from darkness to light. 
a. True
b. False

10.  According to this lesson, God desires you to know him and have a relationship with him.
a. True
b. False

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