“And the earth was without form, and void*; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.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.”
*(H1961 הָיָה hayah (haw-yaw) v. 1. to exist. 2. to be or become.3. to come into being, i.e. to happen, to occur)
If you read carefully you will see that the creation of the heaven and the earth are not said to have occurred on the first day; rather it occurred at “the beginning”.
The first day was not necessarily the beginning; the 1st day could have been sometime later. If we take those opening words of Genesis literally then the thing that occurred on the first day was the creation of light, and its separation from darkness.
The wording leaves open the distinct possibility that the heavens and earth were created sometime BEFORE the first day of what we have dubbed “Creation”. How long the heavens and the earth sat there lifeless, dark, chaotic, we aren’t told. But at some point God decided to take the universe He had created and spark it with life and give it a new order.
God began that new process by creating light, and that’s when we encounter the first “day”. There are some that have contested the idea that the Earth was immediately created in its fullness, beautiful and containing all manner of plants and animals. Then, when Lucifer fell and was cast to the earth as a penalty he brought about chaos, darkness and destroyed much of what God had created. I believe that YHVH (hebrew for Father God) does everything in perfect timing and that Satan would capitalize on any open opportunity to make the concept of YHVH seem suspicious.
The creation of light (Yeshua in Hebrew or Jesus in the Greek) would be the next obvious and prophetic occurrence, also, in order to complete the creation of mankind (Adam) there must be a shared likeness of the essences of God to be able to “make them in our image.”
The word “good” in Hebrew is “tov” and it does not simply “pleasant”. It means capable of; or presently engaged in the process of; or destined for, completely fulfilling the divine purpose for which it was created. Something “evil-ra” or wicked is something that stops someone or something from or being capable to, fulfilling their divine purpose.
The Hebrew word for “light” is “owr”. This word does not mean an object that emits light like the sun or the moon or the stars, it means providing illumination in every sense. When the Bible says God is light it says He “owr”. This word is closely associated with life and joy and when you read about day one it says God created the light and saw that it was (tov).
This light was divided away from the darkness and the light is called “good” while the darkness is not. Pay close attention to this: on the first day God said He created light and it was on the fourth day that the sun was created.
The Hebrew word for “darkness” is “choshek” which carries in it the sense of blindness, misery, of falsehood and ignorance leading to death and destruction and is negative in its nature and it carries evil spiritual overtones with it. It is not a word that describes the natural phenomenon of nighttime or “layil”.
Isaiah 45:18-19 “For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else. I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.”
John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”