THE LIGHT THAT SHINED OUT OF DARKNESS

“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said let there be light and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light day and the darkness he called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” Genesis 1:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: The light in the beginning is the person of Christ.

Having established in our previous studies that the statements “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” and “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”; let us observe closely the next words documented by Moses as this will clarify the figures of speech in the previous verse. “And God said, let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). The word “said” was translated from the Hebrew word “amar” which means to speak or to utter. This was God’s first utterance in the beginning; “God uttered light”. Now, if the assumption that the “darkness” (in verse 2) was referring to the night was out of place as we saw earlier, therefore to also assume that the state “And God said let there be light…” was referring to the sun, moon and stars will also be out of place. However, reading this chapter in context will clarify the fact that the light in verse 3 was not referring to the sun, moon and stars; verses 14 to 16 clarifies this which reads “And God said let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the nights and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years. And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And 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”. So, in context, we see where the lights (literal light; that is, the sun, moon and stars) were created; it happened in the verses we just read earlier. Therefore, this lets us see that the light God uttered in verse 3 is not literal and thus will be a figurative expression or communication. Meaning it is also a figure of speech, and it could be safe to say that this communication in verse 3 will also be a spiritual truth. So, if this light is not a literal light, what then could be this light or what could this light be referring to? Let’s see in our next study how this will unfold for our understanding. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Proper bible interpretation births revelation knowledge; accept it.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that my mind is opened to the revelation of your word in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Rightly interpreting a scriptural text is a by-product of dutifulness in the place of study and learning.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 24

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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