Eliminating Leaven: Why

Scroll down for last year’s posts on When and How to remove leaven from your home before Passover (Pesach). Here let us deal with the Why.

Leaven is a symbol of subtle, gradual change. The insidious work of the micro-organisms which transforms the lump of dough is used as a metaphor for sin.

While Atonement in the beginning of winter focuses on the internal cleansing of the heart, Passover is preoccupied with the external transformation of Yahuwah’s children. We want to spend forever in His presence; we need to allow Him to free us completely from the tentacles and snares of sin. So we clean our homes and dispose of all leaven and foods containing it. (use it up, give it away, plan ahead and minimize waste as well as enhance the lessons).

Living for eight days with no yeast, raised bread, and so forth allows us to ponder the hold of sin on us, the things we need to surrender and allow Him to change, and what living with no sin will really be like.

We need to think like an overcomer before we can become one. Yes, the victory is all His. Our best contribution is filthy rags. Yet as His children, we are interested in what He is doing and planning. We can benefit greatly by going through this process and realizing certain things about ourselves and our dependence on His help and transformation.

We are not commanded to remove idols, addiction paraphernalia, or other immoral objects from our homes and possessions (in connection with Passover). We are not expected to have these as believers. But as we sweep, organize, and move every item we own, we can be thinking about how appropriate it is to have them and how our Father feels about them.

Once every year we take a deep look and spiritual consideration of all these things and have a temporary change of diet. What a practical way to stir us to a deeper commitment to our Redeemer and His Father above. HallaluYAH!

 

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A BRIEF ANALYSIS OF GENESIS 1:16

In this verse of Scripture, we are given the keys to identification of the source of information ordained by our Father above to guide our time-keeping.

Some allege that there is a plot behind the translation to confuse the positive confirmation of which characteristics or entities are rightfully involved. I will herein compare various versions and languages and evaluate some linguistic and grammatical elements to determine what is possible on these points.

First, we note that the King James Authorized Version reads as follows:

And [Aloahiym] made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.”

In this English text, we see that there are twenty six words, two of which indicate that they were supplied to facilitate the reader’s ease of comprehension, with no corresponding underlying Hebrew words.

But there are more differences. We can see some readily when we use the KJV with Strong’s numbers:

And [Aloahiym]H430 madeH6213 (H853) twoH8147 greatH1419 lights;H3974 (H853) the greaterH1419 lightH3974 to ruleH4475 the day,H3117 and the lesserH6996 lightH3974 to ruleH4475 the night:H3915 he made the starsH3556 also.”

Here the first and last words also have no underlying Hebrew to validate their inclusion.

And we see that there are apparently two instances of a Hebrew word being combined or omitted from the English translation (H853).

Additionally, we note that the great lights are not named here or anywhere in the larger passage. So the descriptions given are the primary means of positive confirmation of which ones are intended.

The typical assumtion seems to be that the entities involved are the sun, moon, and stars.

But if the Strong’s numbers are more strictly adhered to, the moon seems to disappear, leaving the Hebrew-supported words to read:

“[Aloahiym] made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light, the stars, to rule the night.”

But we cannot conclude either of these possibilities until we look more closely at the actual Hebrew and compare other renderings of it.

ויעשׂH6213 אלהיםH430 אתH853 שׁניH8147 המארתH3974 הגדליםH1419 אתH853 המאורH3974 הגדלH1419 לממשׁלתH4475 היוםH3117 ואתH853 המאורH3974 הקטןH6996 לממשׁלתH4475 הלילהH3915 ואתH853 הכוכבים׃H3556

Let it not be lost on us that the Hebrew character “aleph” followed by “tau” happens four times in this short space. This is the Hebrew subtlety from which we get the Greek-derived “alpha-omega” concept, which is appealed to by the Revelator of the Apocalypse to John. Several important passages in the Hebrew Scriptures are bristling with this combination, which may indicate that Genesis 1:16 is also such an important passage.

There are eighteen words in the Hebrew. Twenty-nine in the Greek.

The Greek Septuagint includes “kai” (and) in the last phrase, supporting the reading “[Aloahiym] made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night with the stars.”, making the lesser light a separate entity from the stars, and specifically the stars of the mazzaroth, or “path of life”–the constellations along the route it travels.

This is supported by the following versions:

Brenton: “Gen 1:16 And [Aloahiym] made the two great lights, the greater light for regulating the day and the lesser light for regulating the night, the stars also.”

French Darby: “Gen 1:16 Et [Aloahiym] fit les deux grands luminaires, le grand luminaire pour dominer sur le jour, et le petit luminaire pour dominer sur la nuit; et les étoiles.”

GEB: “Gen 1:16 Und [Aloahiym] machte die zwei großen Lichter: das große Licht zur Beherrschung des Tages, und das kleine Licht zur Beherrschung der Nacht, und die Sterne.”

Geneva: “Gen 1:16 [Aloahiym] then made two great lightes: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesse light to rule the night: he made also the starres.”

Jewish Publication Society Bible: “Gen 1:16 And [Aloahiym] made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; and the stars.”

Spanish Reina Valera: “Gen 1:16 E hizoH6213 [Aloahiym]H430 las dosH8147 grandesH1419 lumbrerasH3974; la lumbreraH3974 mayorH1419 para que señoreaseH4475 en el díaH3117, y la lumbreraH3974 menorH6996 para que señoreaseH4475 en la nocheH3915: hizo también las estrellasH3556.”

Latin Vulgate: “Gen 1:16 fecitque [Aloahiym] duo magna luminaria luminare maius ut praeesset diei et luminare minus ut praeesset nocti et stellas.”

Young’s Literal Translation: “Gen 1:16 And [Aloahiym] maketh the two great luminaries, the great luminary for the rule of the day, and the small luminary–and the stars–for the rule of the night;”

There seems to be consistent agreement between all versions, with the KJV among them. This is not to be taken for granted, so where is the problem? Well, the foundation of a thing is the key to the stability and veracity of it.

So either there is a plot—that “and” has been added everywhere, even in the KJV; or there is a mistake—the number for that “and” was omitted from the KJV but the underlying Hebrew supports it. Around these two possibilities hinge the whole question and the identity of the lights given to guide us.

A recheck of the Hebrew shows that while the word H853 occurs four times in the verse, the number appears in the KJV+ ( KJV with Strong’s numbers) only twice.

While H853 is generally not translated “and”, it can be translated, and if it were not rendered as “and”, then the reading should be “[Aloahiym] made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night, namely the stars.”

But caution against this rendering is advised for the following reasons:

If the stars were intended to be the lesser light, why are only they named, and not the greater light?

If the combined stars are one of the “great lights”, then how can the moon’s glow so readily outshine them?

A casual acquaintance with Astronomy will verify that there is a definite pattern of collaboration between the moon and the constellations of the zodiac, or stars in the“path of life”.

It seems faithful to observation, logic, and Scripture to accept the reference to the stars as a qualifier indicating how the lesser of the great lights operates: in conjunction with the constellations of the mazzaroth, or “zodiac”.

Confirmation for this position is supplied by Psalm 136:8-9 “The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever: The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

And seconded by Jeremiah 31:35 “Thus saith [Yahuwah], which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; [Yahuwah] of hosts is his name:”

Ordinances” in the above passage is translated “commandment” elsewhere and is interchangeable with several similar Hebrew terms. As indicated in Genesis 1:14, these “ordinances” are contributed or shared among all of the lights working together, and govern a wide variety of elements relating to life on earth.

Conclusion: While the translation of Hebrew has some nuances that are more challenging than some other more modern languages, the translation and comprehension of the message of this verse is facilitated by corroborating verses expressing the same idea elsewhere in Scripture.

Clearly the moon is treated as a light in its own regard throughout Scripture, and it is understood as one of the great lights by Moshe, David, Jeremiah, and presumably all believers of Scriptural time-periods.

The broad duties of indicating “signs, seasons, days, and years” falls to the combined functions of the sun, moon, and stars. Why they are not so named in Genesis one is a question we can struggle with until further insight dawns. But they are clearly all meant when we take the whole testimony of Scripture. Which is how we are told to study.

Equinox, my astrology

Some think the proper time to begin a year is connected in some way to the vernal equinox. This is based on a series of assumptions.

First, there are those who take the term “tequfah” (H8622) from Exodus 34:22, translated as “end”, in conjunction with (H8141), “shameh” translated as “year’s”, and conclude that this means “equinox”. There is a yearly cycle. It is a point in the continual sequence where an observable event indicates the completion and restart. But defining “year’s end” as equinox is in no way supported. And if it were, where is the other witness? No other scripture defines equinox as the time to begin a year, despite the occurrence of “tequfah” several other times in scripture.

Seriously, have you ever looked out the window and said, “oh, look–there’s the equinox!” No. It can be determined; so can a lot of other astrological intervals. But astrology is not astronomy. Scripture does not instruct us to observe what cannot be seen.

Genesis 1:14-19 tells us to look to the great lights: sun, moon, and stars. When taken in relationship, they build a platform of witnesses. You can see the lights. You can see the signs they give us. Studying those signs is called astronomy, the first science and original time-keeping.

You cannot “see” which constellation the sun is “in”.

You cannot “see” the lunar conjunction.

You cannot “see” the vernal equinox.

These are all astrology, pseudo-astronomy.

If you accept the instructions given in Genesis and repeated elsewhere, you will find visible indicators to follow. Nowhere in Scripture are we told to look for an equinox.

When we find the right place to begin the year by observing astronomy, we find multiple perplexing riddles solved. The question of how many months in a year is dictated clearly. No more quandary about stellar precession, about twelve or thirteen months, about whether to start first after, closest to, or which phase to begin with. No more wondering about the “metonic cycle”.

To most of us, trying to decide where the year originally started is like trying to find the end of a rubber band. We can examine it ever so carefully, but establishing a beginning seems quite arbitrary.

We know that January 1 is out; March 1 is not even assumed by the pagans, though it is clearly closer. March 21 is not a consistent formula. Where then?

And next, there are those who say that we can indeed “see” the equinox. I find that the equinox does not exist. It is not a real thing. Some claim that it is real–it is the center line dividing the earth. Well, the earth is real, and whether it is a globe or not, there is a center line dividing it equally in the middle.

But that does not make it real. There is a line around my forearm dividing equally the distance between my elbow and my wrist. That is just math. Can you see the line? No. Can you measure and find the line? yes. But there is still no line. If I tattooed it on my arm, it still would be a mathematical idea and not a reality. And it is just so with the equinox.

During the lives of the early patriarchs, vis. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, there were pagan priests holding power over the masses through hidden knowledge. Like keeping time by things unseeable. This is clever, but it is not Scriptural. Nor is it necessary. Adam was told to keep time by the lights. He didn’t look for the stars in the daytime. He did not look for the moon at conjunction. He did not try to see what wasn’t there to look at. He didn’t have a stick cut to a certain length which he used to figure out what was up there to tell him when to do what. He did not hold it at a 33 degree angle in relation to anything. That was Nimrod doing that.

Let me make you a proposal. Throw away the pagan counterfeit equinox. Just let go of it. Let it go. And then look for where to start a year according to Scripture. And if it leads you back to the equinox, and you can follow it for a hundred years with no self-conflict in the pattern, and you can provide solid scriptural explanations for it, then I will happily consider it. But not before. And neither should you. Keep looking. The Father did not make sabbath observance impossible for any generation.

To conclude, How we keep time according to Scripture must honor the following principles:

•Following an astronomical principle properly not will lead you into a pattern that breaks itself after a few years. You can plot it out using software and verify it before you build your life on it for the first day.

•There are things in Scripture that are not readily revealed. Timekeeping is rather subtly presented. But the principles are given, and if we limit ourselves to them, it will fit with astronomy and Scripture and sense, and be consistent.

•The better you understand astronomy, the simpler it gets. It is not something you have to build tools to track. Any child with fingers can track it if they are shown how. Unless they insist on imposing an interpretation into Exodus 34:22 that just isn’t there.

Sometimes we can’t see the answer because our hypothesis gets in the way.

 

 

 

 

“The Metonic Cycle”

I see a lot of comments and questions about the Metonic Cycle and who made it up, and where it came from. Most seem to believe that it was indeed invented by Meto the Babylonian, or perhaps some rogue Rabbi who wanted to derail the faithful observance of the timings of our Father’s appointments and worship times.

I questioned this myself, and spend many hours arranging astronomical data into several spreadsheets to compare the annual lunar events in relationship with other astronomical phenomena.

Part of my quest was to determine whether there actually was a cycle of some kind.

And part was to be sure whether it was the 19-year cycle or whether it was an eight-year cycle which some allege the Hebrews kept more anciently.

Some of my conclusions were:

• There is definitely no eight-year cycle established by the data I downloaded from the USNO.

• There definitely was an unmistakable nineteen year pattern established.

• The pattern of the nineteen-year Metonic Cycle is a two-part pattern. Which year to correctly begin the pattern (where in the sequence) must depend on where it was originally. I have not had time to check on that.

• The pattern shifts across the years in dependence on the principles you are using. For example, if you take the intersection of several events, including a particular relationship of the moon to the vernal equinox, you will get a different sequence than if you want a different timing. (Such as the first phase after rather than closest to).

• The pattern will eventually expose which is the right principle. If you are doing it wrong, you will find a conflict between your rules and the behavior of the great lights.

By following Scripture and carefully comparing astronomy, we can ascertain the timing of Set-apart worship events, just as did the wise men in Bethlehem.

On the Restoration from Sinai

After the children of Israel left the slavery of Egypt behind, they camped for a time at the base of a mountain. There Moshe received much information about the nature of the Kingdom and the Redeemer, as well as the nature of the people as intended by the Creator, and how they were to live, interact, eat, worship, etc.

Many assume that this was a novel approach. That the Almighty sat back on His throne above and mused: “Well, some things are not as they should be; let me try a different strategy”.

But this can be readily disproven. Paul does this in the book of Romans. He says in effect “The law was given from Sinai, but death reigned from Adam to Moshe”. He explains “if there are consequences for behavior, then there must be rules about behavior”.

So the law was there from the beginning. How to live, eat, interact, worship, the whole array was given at creation. Noah knew it. He knew which animals were clean and which were not. He did not discover it by watching which animals entered the ark.

Abraham knew it. And here is the main point I wish to make this morning:

Abraham doubted the promise for a time, and during this time he had a son by Hagar the Egyptian. His son separated from Isaac, the son of the promise, after the death of Abraham. One of Ishmael’s descendants sold Joseph into slavery into Egypt. There were disputes between the two nations and the two religions which grew out of these two separate lines of Abraham’s descendants, as was divinely predicted. These clans are in the news to this day, fighting over land, their heritage, and religious matters.

So where did Islam get their convictions on diet? They refuse to eat pork, have a number of practices that mirror the “kosher” laws of modern Hebrews, and hold these as religious convictions.

Where did they get such a similar set of dietary practices? Did some Muslim back in past centuries decide to learn them from a Hebrew, and then teach to his children what he saw the children of Jacob doing? Quite unlikely. Rather, Ishmael learned those things from his father Abraham.

And while the sons of Jacob and their descendants were slaves in Egypt forgetting all about these things, the sons of Ishmael were practicing them faithfully.

When they got to Sinai, these dietary mores and many other things were restored to the nation of Israel. But their existence among the “Arabs” today proves that this was not an innovation, but a restoration of a knowledge of the will of the Most High.

While the Islamic religion also reflects a great deal of lost conviction across the centuries, and I certainly would not hold them up as a paragon of uncontaminated truth, there are still several interesting vestiges of their heritage which mirrors the “Jewish” experience:

 They still keep time by the moon.

 They do not worship on the “sun” day. (Frigga’s day was originally the seventh day on the planetary week).

 They dress more closely in harmony with the Scriptural way, including head coverings for the ladies.

I could go on, but I will let you ponder these principles on your own.

What our Father above gave His people was timeless and precious. What they lost He restored. He is doing it again, because we have lost it again. In following the light of His Truth, we will find the path to His home.

Genetics, History and the Human Race

Where did all the variety among humans in different places come from? What can we learn from Scripture? Is intermarriage okay? Why are some traits found in one group and not in another?

While there are certainly plenty of opinions on these questions, the facts are infinitely more valuable. We can be mislead by history as well as family prejudices, but we can also find clues and build a solid understanding if we take Scripture, observation, and history and fit them all together.

How we talk and the evidence we can find of how others talked or wrote in the past are worthy of note. There is one human race, not multiple races. While there are pronounced characteristics and unique genetic material among certain subgroups, all have the same basic DNA and all can be traced back to the same origins.

Isolation is one of the reasons that differences manifest among separate groups. When a society intermarries in a limited pool of individuals, some recessive traits will fade and other more dominant traits will become more and more pronounced. Loss of genetic material and mutations magnified in this way can lead to dramatic differences in a variety of characteristics. This, coupled with the mutations and degeneration of the race over time has caused a number of notable differences, but every human is recognizable as a member of the race.

In historical writings and in Scripture, we find much mention of different nations, indicating people who were from a different political unit or clan. There is rarely mention of skin color or other major differences among these nations in the oldest sources. This is because the differences have been progressing as time goes on, and were not so remarkable in earlier times as now.

All humans were of darker skin tones in the past. Scripture gives us many examples of this. Adam, the first man, was named for this trait. “Adam” comes from the Hebrew word H121, which is a variant of H120, which in turn is from the still more basic H119. These words are defined by Strong’s Concordance as follows:

H121 אָדָם ‘âdâm aw-dawm’ The same as H120; Adam, the name of the first man, also of a place in Palestine: – Adam. Total KJV occurrences: 21

H120 אָדָם ‘âdâm aw-dawm’ From H119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.): – X another, + hypocrite, + common sort, X low, man (mean, of low degree), person. Total KJV occurrences: 541

H119 אָדַם ‘âdam aw-dam’ To show blood (in the face), that is, flush or turn rosy: – be (dyed, made) red (ruddy). Total KJV occurrences: 10

Exodus 25:5 “And rams’ skins dyed red*, and badgers’ skins, and shittim wood,” *H119

Genesis 2:7 “And [Yahuwah Aloahiym] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Genesis 3:19 “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

Esau, grandson of Abraham, was noted for his hair, and so named Esau, which comes from H132.

Genesis 25:25 “And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.” Notice the relationship of to H132 and H119-121.

Yahowceph (Joseph) apparently looked like the Egyptians, as he was not only able to fit in with them, but became Prime Minister of Egypt, with no mention of hesitation or disloyalty on the part of anyone over his leadership or nativity. See Genesis 41:37-45.

Moshe (Moses) also was accepted, raised as a son and heir to the throne of Egypt, and eventually married an Ethiopian. Numbers 12:1; Exodus 2:6-10. And was mistaken for an Egyptian by Jethro’s daughters (verse 19). Mark Twain wrote of his travels in Africa in the book The Innocents Abroad, that the natives were “black as Moses”.

Paintings on the walls of ancient buildings and structures in Egypt still include black people. From a comparison of the other pigments used, the skin color was intended to portray dark skin—the paint did not comparatively darken with age. Some historians allege that when General Napoleon was in Egypt he had cannons blast off the nose of the Sphinx and other statues to hide the negroid features.

In Leviticus 13:29-39 we find a passage directing the Levitical priests how to deal with outbreaks of leprosy. The clear expectation of this chapter is that normal healthy hair is black, and skin is dark, not white or even “darkish white”.

Abshalom, son of Dawayid (David), who plotted to take the throne of Israel by a coup, had an Afro hairstyle. See 2 Samuel 14:25-26 and chapter 18:9-14.

Solomon’s lover the Shulamite was black. Song of Songs 1:5, 15, 16.

The apostle Paul was mistaken for a notorious Egyptian. Acts 21:37-40.

The Almighty Father above, who had us created in His image, is dark-skinned. Daniel 10:4-6 describes Him: “And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.” The reference to ” polished brass” is a mistranslation according to the concordance:

H5178 נְחֹשֶׁת nechôsheth nekh-o’-sheth For H5154; copper; hence, something made of that metal, that is, coin, a fetter; figuratively base (as compared with gold or silver): – brasen, brass, chain, copper, fetter (of brass), filthiness, steel. Total KJV occurrences: 140

H5154 נְחֻשָׁה נְחוּשָׁה nechûshâh nechûshâh nekh-oo-shaw’, nekh-oo-shaw’

Feminine of H5153; copper: – brass, steel. Compare H5176. Total KJV occurrences: 10

Yahuwah is described again in Revelation using similar terms:

His head and his hairs were white like wool*, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” Revelation 1:14,15. *like wool: whose hair is like wool? Generally those with darker skin.

Again, “fine brass” comes from the Greek word G5474 χαλκαλίβανον chalkalibanon khal-kol-ib’-an-on Neuter of a compound of G5475 and G3030 (in the implied meaning of whiteness or brilliancy); burnished copper, an alloy of copper (or gold) and silver having a brilliant lustre: – fine brass. Total KJV occurrences: 2

As there are multiple metals or alloys mentioned in the definition, we must consider the perspective of the language and the writer. The idea of the Hebrew word, as well as the Greek seems to indicate that the concept of “shiny/glowing” is more important than the tone or color. And so whether it was brass, gold, silver, or a darker copper needs to be clarified. Ask yourself “was the prophet noticing the skin as being lighter or darker than his own skin?

Our Redeemer Yahusha must have looked both like His Father above, and like Mary His earthly mother. Doubtless there was no greatly remarkable difference in the skin tone from the One or the other.

Just in the past few generations there have been major changes in skin pigmentation among many peoples across the earth, and the fact and the reasons for it have been suppressed. Here are old photos indicating that the American Indian, Egyptians, and other cultures were much darker-skinned just a century or two ago.

While changes in many characteristics have been ongoing since the fall of man, those relating to major skin color changes seem to be primarily from recent centuries.

to see images download this Races Study.

Chief Joseph Ancient Egyptians Aborigine Aborigine today

And if you doubt that there was much interaction among the different nations back then, proof can be offered that the interaction itself has happened in even more ancient times. Numerous copper plates (numbering in the thousands) with Hebrew script containing the tetragrammaton (Hebrew name for Yahuwah) have been found in multiple locations across North America, Central America, and places in Canada and Europe as well as Africa.

The African slave trade was in part an effort to exterminate Hebrews who had previously migrated from Canaan to Africa. Some believe this was a fulfillment of Deuteronomy 28.

During the Crusades and since, a policy of raping Hebrew women, along with women of many other peoples, has been carried out as a command or incentive. Not just to entice the soldiery, but to humiliate, contaminate, and burden the victims and the future of their race.

I have personally observed cases where a white and black married, and the grandchildren were light-haired, light-skinned, and almost devoid of negroid features. The white is clearly the dominant characteristic.

Nowhere does Scripture allege that the human race began as a lightly pigmented group. Rather, every reference to skin color seems to allude to dark skin. Light skin seems to be a dominant mutation which has taken hold and been widely spread through the influence of powerful tribes. When all is restored—both our genes and our soul and spirit—we will all be like our Maker, with skin the color of healthy soil.

For further study (which will shock and disgust), see the video series Whited Out.

Or investigate the following Books:

The Thirteenth Tribe

The Origins of the Jews

and others…

Links

biblehub.com/songs/1-5.htm

The Livin’ Daylight

What is light? What is time? What is the truth of keeping time as our Father in heaven does? We believe those are all timely questions. And impossible to encompass in one blog post.

But I want to share about day light today. The first thing Yahuwah our Father above did through His Son at the creation of this world was to say “Let there be light” (or some roughly equivalent Hebrew phrase).

And it was. Right then. Although the sun was not created for another few days. Here we see that daylight is not sunlight. I used to theorize that this “light” which made up the first few days was actually the light of the presence of the creator.

Nonsense. I now realize that this is impossible. First, if it was simply the light of His presence, then He would not have had to verbally summon it. And it would not have given us days and nights, only the Presence and absence.

And daylight is clearly a separate light, as explained in the following video. Even before I found this video, I knew it had to be something like this. And more basically,

Scripture gives us a platform of witnesses to that effect. There was the first day; the second day; and the third day. All called days by Moshe as he wrote out the account. All considered identical in nature and character as the following days. All astronomical, not merely fiat in nature. See Genesis 1.

So still today, thought the sun gives us a visible indication of progression of the day, is tied to the intervals and processes of days, and corresponds to it in many ways, daylight is still separate and distinct from sunlight. Check out the video in the link above, and go back to Scripture and let it just say what it says. HalleluYAH.