Day Four—Inconvenient Rule


“My theological studies of the last 35 years have taught me two things: There is a God and I am not Him”.  ——The priest to Rudy in the movie “Rudy” where the young man wants all of the answers from the priests wisdom.  

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

Back to that dome (see post about the second day)!  The dome that we know from day two which separates the water below from the water above symbolizes the shadow of God’s grace or graces to come.  But the lights that are there are time marks for the seasons give structure to the years as a big cycle and days that give context to a week long cycle.  For everything there is a season.  

But God does not stop there.  He shows that God sets up the sun and the moon to be light to the earth, rule and separate light from darkness.  So what do those things mean?  The light is illumination.  We all need that when we come into conversion into the truth that there is a God, He loves us, He hates sin and has a path for second chances.  

But does God want to rule over us?  Trick question.  He is in charge whether we acknowledge it or not.  Come to think of it, we all will acknowledge it some day.  If thinking of “rule” as a four-letter word offends you, ask if there is something fundamental in this world that too quickly makes us jump to being offended by it.  If we have had human authority fail us, how can we be sure that God does?  

But what happens if we do not fight the natural flow of the Creator?  Well, with His enlightenment and His rule we can experience the separation of light from darkness where we understand what is meant to be understood and what is not understandable we resolve to be okay with.  We could shrug our shoulders and admit that there is a God and we are not Him.  

Light is supposed to pierce through darkness.  Light is not swallowed up by darkness.  If the third day (see prior post) is a shadow of the gospel then the fourth day is a shadow of our own conversions and continual conversion as one continues to be transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2) through His light. 

And God saw that it was good. So too is getting out of our spiritual ruts and facing a holy and loving God for all that He is.  If we search our hearts, what have we got to lose?  Addiction to self.  But to gain is the kingdom.  


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