And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
The Hebrew word, meh-o-raw, translated as lights, is better translated as a luminous body or luminary. This is not to be confused with the Hebrew word, ore, translated as light in verses 3-5. Websters defines luminous as radiating or reflecting light; shining; bright,lighted up or illuminated; well-lighted. This is not a source of light, but one that reflects light from a light source. This is very interesting considering the recent "Bill Nye, the Science Guy" incident in Waco, Texas.
Mr. Nye ridiculed the bible and those who believe in a literal translation of the bible. He indicated that the bible was wrong because it says that the moon is a source of light. Wrong......The bible says that the moon and sun reflects the light from another source. Mr. Nye said that the bible indicates that the sun is the source of light. In reality and as the bible truly says, the sun reflects or gives off the light from another source, a nuclear reaction. Once again, interpreters of science, not science itself, are wrong and the bible proves out as the more correct source of truth.
Any way these luminaries are not only the sun and moon but the stars also. The sun is to rule over the day while the moon and stars rule over the night. Guess what...that's exactly what science and nature proves out. Who would've thought?
Simply put, on day four, G-d created and set the sun, moon and stars in the firmament. This firmament is not the sky as some try to erroneously state. This is the firmament of the heavens. After day two, G-d refers to the sky as the open firmament as seen in verse 20. Next time, we'll dig a little deeper into that. Also, this is not the light mentioned during day one. The sun, moon and stars reflect or gives off the light created on day one.
I like this because we can looked at this verse as a parable or similitude. The light that shines out from us is not our light. We reflect the light that shines within us. The light from the one and only son. Pun intended.