“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 man that is born of God is not of darkness, he is of the light because the person of the light lives in him.
In the Old Testament books of the bible, the use of waters and seas are descriptive or figurative of men whenever it is not literally used. Also, the word “earth” which is “erets” in Hebrew does not always refers to the physical/literal earth or world; it is also used figurative for men. Hence, understanding the context of Genesis 1:2-3 lets us see that the earth there refers to people, even as Isaiah makes it very clear by saying, “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people”. In other words, darkness covering the earth was not literal darkness covering the earth but rather gross or thick darkness in people; people empty of the light, men without the light. The use of darkness in Genesis 1:2 and gross darkness in Isaiah 60:2 was descriptive of the unsaved man; the unbeliever. By saying “Lights in the dark world”, we aren’t referring to the world being physically dark, but the “dark world” here is descriptive of men without the light (Christ), the unsaved man; while us being “lights” here is in reference to us being carriers of Jesus.
When Isaiah said “Arise and shine” and “kings coming to the brightness of our rising”, it wasn’t about shining our talents or potentials for kings to come to the brightness of that, but it was in reference to shining the person of Jesus who is our light to the dark world, and in shining this light, men will come to the brightness of it; that is, men who are in darkness will come to acknowledge or believe in Christ. Hence, the shining of light will be done via the preaching of the gospel. In other words, the reason for the light in Genesis 1:3 and Isaiah 60:1 is to solve the problem of men in darkness. The believer therefore, is not of darkness, he is of light; he is a carrier of light and he shines the light. The light of God who is Jesus dwells in you; so you are light. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge that you are light.
CONFESSION: I affirm that I am of the light; I am not of darkness.
QUOTE: You have the light of life.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1