“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” – Isaiah 53:3-7
LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s redemption plan in Christ was at the very heart of Genesis.
It has been established in previous studies that Moses’ words in verses 1 to 3 of Genesis were spiritual truths. It wasn’t creation but salvation story; they were not literal expressions but figurative expressions communicating a spiritual truth. Now, how do we know that they were figurative expressions communicating a spiritual truth? Let’s read Genesis 1 again as we give close attention to verse 3 because an understanding of verse 3 carefully with the eyes of the epistles will bring to the spotlight the facts we have tracking out, “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” (Genesis 1:1-3). An understanding of what the light is in verse 3 will clear the air in the previous verses. Now, since the epistles are the explanation of the Old Testament, it is important we hear from them about this. Paul in 2Corinthians 4:6 picks Genesis 1:3 (with verse 2 in the undertone of it) and explains what Moses meant, it reads “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus”. Paul says “God who commanded” which is in the past tense, meaning it happened somewhere and obviously this is in Genesis 1. So he says “God who commanded the light to shine”, now where do we have this light? In Genesis 1:3. And when Paul says, “to shine out of darkness”, where do we have the darkness historically here? Genesis 1:2 (and darkness was upon the face of the deep). So, Paul now points out that this light that was commanded to shine out of darkness had shined in our hearts which does brings to the fore that Moses wouldn’t have been referring to the sun, moon and stars in Genesis 1:3 because as you read in context of Genesis 1, you’ll discover where or when the lights, that is, the literal sun, moon and stars were created (this is clear in verses 14 to 16 of Genesis 1). So, the light shines in our hearts, meaning it will not be a literal light but a metaphor for Jesus; hence, why Paul further says “to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”. So the light in Genesis 1:3 was a person and that is Jesus Christ and the next studies will unveil this for us. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: The knowledge of God’s word cannot be overemphasized. Go for it.
PRAYER: Father I declare that the revelation knowledge of your word grows big on my inside like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The man indwelt by Christ is indwelt by the light.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 4; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1