James Ussher’s A body of Divinity has excellent examples of how to unite biblical history with theology, or, teaching. He notes that the plants were created before the sun, moon, and stars, and concludes from this that God is not bound to means, and the sun and moon are not essential to life on this planet.
That helped me to better understand the teaching in the Revelation that in the New Jerusalem in the new earth there is no sun, because the glory of God present here on earth makes it redundant. We see here a perfect tie in between the beginning of the present age and its end.
It also solved the problem of the distance of the stars from the earth: if they are thousands of light years from the earth – many more than the six thousand of the age of the earth – how is that we can see their light? Their light should not be visible to us, being still in transit, as it were.
Ussher says that God took the existing light and concentrated them into the sun, moon, and stars. Working from that I conclude that the light that is now in the stars was present on earth at the beginning, was then removed to the heavenly bodies, and must therefore have been visible at all times from the earth.