“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: The earth, waters, light and darkness of Genesis 1:2-3 is the earth, seas, light and darkness of Isaiah 60:1-5.

Isaiah, a prophet in verse 1 and 2 of the key text shows us by the use of words that he is prophesying from an Old Testament. He says “…for thy light is coming” and then explains further in the next verse by saying “the darkness shall cover the earth”; that is, a prophecy of the earth in darkness or darkness upon the earth, which he explains further as “gross darkness in the people”. So, men now come in mind by saying “gross darkness the people”; that is, men without the light. Hence, the solution to this state of men without the light is in verse 1 (shining the light). Without much adore, Genesis 1:2-3 is the undertone text here in Isaiah 60. It reads “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 waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light”.

Moses says “the earth was without form and void” which in the Hebrew, it implies empty or nothing. Hence, the statement “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” explains the form and void of the earth; that is, the earth was empty of the light; the earth was in darkness. If the earth being without form and void (empty) was about the literal earth or world, then we can’t have “the spirit of God moving upon the face of waters”. This is because if the earth is empty, we can’t have waters since water is part of the earth. Therefore, this earth in Genesis 1:2 was not literal but figurative of man. That is, man was without form and void which is man in darkness or man without the light. Hence, “let there be light” in verse 3 will solve the problem of darkness in verse 2, just like the coming of the light in verse 1 of Isaiah 60 will solve the problem of darkness in people (men) in verse 2. Men without the light are the men in darkness. Men shining the light are men with the light or indwelt by the light. The light of Genesis 1:3 will be the light of Isaiah 60, and that light is Jesus. Hence, Jesus comes in the incarnation and says “I am the light of the world”. Jesus who is the light lives in us. So, we are children of light. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Always be in the affirmative of what God says about you.

CONFESSION: I consciously declare and affirm that the person of the light who is Jesus lives in me. In this dark world, I am a carrier of the light.

QUOTE: Men without the light are the men in darkness.


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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