Genesis 1:16

Then 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.

Genesis 1:16 NKJV

Hello friends, and welcome to today’s Scripture thought.

In this verse, God (‘ĕlōhîm), made two great lights as well as the stars.

“Great” is transliterated from the Hebrew word gāḏôl, which can mean:

  1. large (in magnitude and extent)
  2. in number
  3. in intensity
  4. loud (in sound)
  5. older (in age)
  6. in importance
    1. important things
    2. great, distinguished (of men)
    3. God Himself (of God)

(from the Strong’s Concordance)

The two great lights are likely the sun and the moon.

“Star” is transliterated from the Hebrew word kôḵāḇ. It can be found in this verse as well:

“Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars (kôḵāḇ) of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’ ”

Exodus 32:13 NKJV

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