“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”Luther’s Commentary “Here therefore Moses sets before us the medium and instrument which God used in performing his works, namely the Word… And what is this Word and what does it do? Hear Moses. The light, says he, as yet was not; but the darkness out of its nothing-state is changed into that most excellent creature, light. By what? By the Word. Therefore, ‘in the beginning’ and before every creature is the Word; and it is so powerful that out of nothing it makes all things.” “This Word was God, and was an omnipotent Word, spoken in the divine essence. No one heard this Word uttered but God himself; that is, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. While it was uttered the light was generated; not out of the material of the Word nor out of the material of the speaker, but out of darkness itself.” “Here we are to be admonished that the words, ‘Let there be light,’ are the words of God and not of Moses; that is, that they are realities, facts, works! For God ‘calleth those things that be not as though they were;’ and God speaks not grammatical words but very and substantial things. So that what with US is sounding voice, is with God a substantial thing, a reality! Thus, the sun, the moon, the heaven, the earth, Peter, Paul, you, and I, are all and each, words of God! Yea, we are single syllables or single letters as it were of and in comparison to the whole creation. We also speak, but we can only speak grammatically, or in letters. That is we give names to created things, etc. But divine grammar is quite another thing! When God says, ‘Shine thou sun,’ the sun immediately exists and shines forth. Thus the words of God are things, not mere words!” Martin Luther on the Creation: A Critical and Devotional Commentary on Genesis [1-3] (Kindle Locations 1164-1168, 1207-1210, 1271-1278).