Last week on camp we did Bible studies in Genesis 1-3 and Revelation 22.
Following my previous post, let me highlight that this is a tentative suggestion.
For the first time I noticed the disruption in the pattern "And God saw that it was good." Usually, this phrase summarises God's judgement on a whole series of creative acts (1:10, 12, 18, 21, 25).
In 1:3, if it anticipated the other instances we might expect, "God called the light 'day', and the darkness he called 'night'. And God saw that it was good." But, the phrase comes earlier. Specifically, we are told that light is good, but we are told nothing evaluative about darkness. What do we make of this?
Is it the case that darkness is bad? Can anything in God's original creation be bad? I doubt we would be comfortable saying this.
Is darkness neutral? Is anything morally neutral? Again, I feel uncomfortable with this.
Is darkness less good? Perhaps. In 1:2, we have darkness and no light. I assume, though we're not told, that creation is good even in its formless and dark state. But the clear message of Genesis 1-2 is that order and form and fullness are better than disorder and emptiness. Just as creation without man is good, but with man, it is very good, perhaps we may say, creation with light is better, more good, than without?
Of course, the new creation has no darkness at all (Rev 22:5).
In biblical theology, darkness (John 3:19) comes to be wicked, through association with sin and contrast with light. Must that mean darkness is bad in the beginning?