Light and Darkness Facing Off
In the previous article of this series, “Kedem”, I posed a question in regards to creation’s travail and its expectancy for the sons of Elohim to come forth and set it free from the tyranny and slavery to sin and death (see Romans 8:21-22). This dark kingdom entered the waters of creation because of the disobedience of its (the creation’s) overseers. But were Adam and Eve to blame for this dreadful problem, or conversely was this state of affairs in fact according to the will of the Creator? “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope” (Romans 8:20), so that His sons would deliver it and bring His glory back into these contaminated ‘lower (spiritual) waters’. The ‘waters’ at this initial stage is actually a way of describing a spiritual condition, a condition that was in flux and fluid, if you will. It was part of the “without form and void” or chaotic state, which in Hebrew is “to’hu va’vohu” – literally a state of “wonderment and perplexity”.
So what do I mean by ‘lower waters’? When Elohim divided the waters (mentioned in Genesis 1:6) He placed a firmament in between the two realms. “Thus Elohim made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so” (Genesis 1:7 emphases added). Was this what Yeshua was referring to when He said to his disciples: "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world” (John 8:23)? Prior to this separation there was only one body of spiritual waters. But, interestingly, before Elohim divided these waters He spoke Light into them. This Light also had to be spiritual in nature since the natural sun had not been created yet, nor the firmament in which the sun, moon, and stars were going to be placed.
“Then Elohim said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). Notice that it does not say that Elohim created this Light, as it was actually the glory of His living “Word” that was manifesting in the spiritual waters. In other words, His presence entered the waters via the “Word” as Light and Life. In order “to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery [the relationship between the Word and Elohim], which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in Elohim who created all things through Yeshua the Messiah” (Ephesians 3:9). “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16).
Without this “Light” there would not have been “Life” and therefore no creation. I capitalized the L because His Word (Light and Life) is the expression of Elohim Himself. (Yeshua proclaimed: “I am the light of the World… “and it was said of Him: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” John 8:12; 1:4). Thus as soon as Elohim spoke Light into the existent body of waters, He immediately separated this realm of Light from the Darkness (ref Genesis 1:4). This separation was essential, as otherwise the Darkness would have dissipated. The mere fact that Elohim permitted the habitation of darkness to continue to exist, is in itself an indication of His sovereignty over what was to happen in the course of the creation process, and beyond.
As we saw above regarding the “waters” and the “Light”, unseen spiritual realities can only be described in physical terms: “While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18). Such spiritual realities are revealed in Genesis 1:2, with the depiction of the “darkness [that was] on the face of the deep – te’home.” I believe that Yeshua made reference to this spiritual domain when He cast out evil spirits: "When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, 'I will return to my house from which I came'” (Luke 11:24 emphasis added). As a side note: notice the audacity of the spirit calling the person “my house”. Why does the spirit desire to go back there? It must be because the dry place has no spiritual water (life), and thus the spirit is not able to express its unclean nature. This tells us that sin can only be alive - animated and expressing itself - if it can swim (so to speak) in the spiritual waters of the creation. Otherwise, as Yeshua pointed out, the spirits wander around in a “dry place” – the tehome.
In some scriptural references the “deep” - te’home - is compared to a wilderness. “He rebuked the Reed Sea also, and it dried up; so He led them through the depths (te’home), as through the wilderness” (Psalm 106:9). “Who led them through the deep (te’home), as a horse in the wilderness, that they might not stumble?" (Isaiah 63:13). A wilderness is devoid of water, and thus we propose that in the beginning the te’home was that “dry place” that the entities of darkness faced. The Hebrew translation of the Greek Brit Chadasha uses “te’home” for this habitation of darkness as seen in Luke 8:31, where the “abyss” is mentioned, and in several references in Revelation, for example, in 9:2 where the English rendering is “bottomless pit”.
That realm of darkness with all of its fallen entities is said to be only on the surface of the abyss, while at the same time the Ruach of Elohim was “hovering” on the surface, facing or looking down at the waters. The root of the Hebrew word translated “hover” is rachaph - resh, chet, pey - which means to “shake or tremble”. When a bird of prey hovers over its target its wings are fluttering, or trembling. This quivering action on the part of the Spirit can be compared to what He did to make the waters of the Reed Sea divide before the people of Israel: “The waters saw You, O Elohim; The waters saw You, they were writhing [like a woman in child-birth]; The depths (te’home) also trembled” (Psalm 77:16). And so, the second verse of Genesis 1 calls to mind a scene of two armies facing off, being poised to take over a certain area, an area that would thus become a battle field or a spiritual war zone.
But in the meantime, when Elohim caused the Light to enter the waters, He approved of it and “saw the light that it was good” and thus named this condition (of Light) - “Day”. But, as already mentioned, He divided, segregated, or made a distinction between the Light and the Darkness, which He labeled “Night”. Notice Paul’s statement in 1 Thessalonians 5:5: “You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night, nor of darkness”. This separation between the Day and Night ended the “first day”. But the question still arises, as to how and why the Creator willfully allowed the Darkness to enter into creation, thus causing it to experience death rather than life. (To be continued).