I’m curious how those who hold to a functional creation view of Gen 1 might respond to a verse like Ps 104:2,
“Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.”
I’m reading a book by Ben Stanhope right now and he points to this verse in this creation Psalm, as saying the psalmist believed God himself was the Light of Genesis 1:3 before the creation of the luminaries on Day 4. He also points to Is 60:19 to support his case. He (Stanhope) holds to a “polemicist” view of Gen 1, and says that this view of God being the light before the sun was “created” was also shared in Babylonian & Egyptian creation myths, and that this was Israel’s way of saying to them: our God is the true source of light, not yours.
This is all discussed further in chapter 9 of his book, (Mis)Interpreting Genesis.
I guess I’m confused because it does seem that he is correct — that Ps 104:2 sounds like they believe God himself was the light, hence they would not have held to the belief that the sun was already there in existence on Day 1, and that God was merely establishing that function of time on that day.