A God Given Epiphany

I woke up this morning with a very clear thought in mind. I needed to open the book of Genesis and read the first chapter. The feeling was so strong that I felt I couldn’t do anything else until I did just that. So I picked up my NAB Bible and read the first chapter, the story of creation.

We’ve all read the story of creation. God created the world in six days, we knew that. He rested on the seventh day. We knew that too. I know I’ve read those verses at least two dozen times. So what was different this time? After reading the chapter twice in the NAB, I decided to read it again in the Douay-Rheims (my favorite).

Both versions tell us that God created Heaven and Earth in the first verse. No surprise there, right? In the second verse, the DR enlightens us with the knowledge that the “mighty wind” in the NAB version is the “spirit of God” moving over the waters. For some reason I never noticed that God and the Holy Spirit were both mentioned in the first two verses of the Bible. Did I overlook this in the past? Was I not paying attention? This was an awesome revelation (for me) but was that the reason I felt compelled to read the entire chapter? I felt I had to read more, so I read the third verse.

And God said: Be light made. And light was made.

I felt a slight breeze and a chill went up my spine. God created the light. I had read that verse before, we all have. God said, “Let there be light, and there was light”. It’s one of the most popular verses of the Bible, but why was it so captivating to me this time? It didn’t make sense. I kept reading.

I read, and re-read, each of the subsequent verses but nothing seemed unusual until I reached verse 16,

And God made two great lights: a greater light to rule the day; and a lesser light to rule the night: and the stars.

The NAB version isn’t different at all, as it reads,

God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night; and he made the stars.

Whoa. That’s when it hit me. A real life “slap you upside the head” epiphany. Everything suddenly made sense.



God created the light in verse 3, so why did He need to create “them” again in verse 16? My mind began to boggle at this mystery. The light created in verse 3 could not have been the sun or the moon, as they were not created until verse 16. So what was this light created in verse 3?

If I had been standing up I would have fallen to my knees.

John 8:12 reads,

Again therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying: I am the light of the world: he that followeth me, walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Psalm 26:1 reads,

The psalm of David before he was anointed. The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the protector of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?

And Isaiah 60:19 seals the deal:

Thou shalt no more have the sun for thy light by day, neither shall the brightness of the moon enlighten thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee for an everlasting light, and thy God for thy glory.

Jesus Christ is the light of the world. He said so himself, and God told us he was here on the very first day of creation.

Talk about an epiphany. Have a great evening.

2 thoughts on “A God Given Epiphany

  1. I also have a fond spot for the Douay-Rheims version as it is the first English version to be strictly translation from the original Latin as was strictly translated from the original Greek. Which of course dates it pre-King James and pre-St. Joseph’s and obviously pre-NAB.

    I find it your wonder at your Epiphany wondrous. You know my history with The Church, so to me, your reaction puts a fresh perspective on a something taught to pre-schoolers in religious ed or CCD to be “enlightening” Epiphany… Almost childlike in your joy. I mean that in absolutely no disrespect, “and they shall come to him like children.” 😉

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