3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
The word “good” in Hebrew is “tov” and it does not simply “pleasant”. It means capable of, presently engaged in the process of, and destined for, completely fulfilling the Divine purpose for which it was created. This is what Yeshua is referring to when he tells the disciples that they are the light of the world. Because it started with Him as the light.
Something “evil-ra” or wicked is something that stops something or someone from being able or capable of fulfilling their Divine purpose.
John1:5 “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
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, or a lamp. Rather it means illumination, enlightenment. When the Bible says God is light it says – Elohim is “owr”. This word is closely associated with life and joy and good.
In fact, when we read about the 1st day notice something that the Hebrew sages have attested to for a millennia: it says God created the light, AND SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD (tov). Then this light was divided away from the darkness and only the light is called “good”, the darkness is not.
Now notice spectacular: on the first day, God created light, yet, it was on the fourth day that God created the Sun!
The Hebrew word for “darkness” here is “choshek”, this word was used as the opposite of “owr” (the opposite of illumination).Choshek carries in it the sense of blindness, of misery, of falsehood and ignorance. It means something that leads to death and destruction!
This is not a word that is the opposite of day. It is not a word that describes the natural, and good, phenomenon of nighttime. In Hebrew, night is layil…..an entirely different word than chosek. Choshek is negative in its nature and it carries evil spiritual overtones with it. Night, layil, is simply the opposite of day. It is neutral; it carries no negative OR spiritual sense to it except in the odd case where it might be used metaphorically.