Monday, September 20, 2010

Let There Be Light!

Awhile ago we did this study on the days of creation... that it isn't written to necessarily explain the scientific details of the beginning, but to explain the heart of God in and through creation, both then and through out time and into the future.

The teacher talked about how God created all that is not just for that moment in time, but with a sovereign foreknowledge that one day it would all be used to bring about his amazingly loving plan of redemption.

With that in mind I want set out to see how God had used each day of creation later in scripture to teach or tell us something about Himself or about our need for Him.

So, here is Day One... Light!

The burning bush…. Ex. 3:2

Plague of darkness... the Israelites had light… Ex. 10:23 No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.

Mount Sinai… Ex. 24:17 To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.

The Lord is our lamp and light… 2Sam. 22:29 You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light.

The commandments are a light to us… Prov. 6:23 For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life,

Fire on burnt offerings… 2Chr. 7:1

Messiah is a light… Is. 9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

Elijah and fire consumes idolaters… 2Kings 1:12

The fiery furnace… Dan. 3:24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”

Jesus is the light… John 1:4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

Transfiguration… Matt. 17:2

Light under a jar… Luke 8:16

Light and darkness, righteousness and evil… John 3:19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

And … John 12:46

Pentecost… Acts 2:3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.

Satan is an angel of light… 2Cor. 11:14

Children of light… Eph. 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)

And… 1Pet. 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Love is light…1John 2:9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.

Jesus blazing light… Rev. 1:14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.

No more dark, light radiates from God in the end… Rev. 22:5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

So is it possible that one moment when God spoke... "Let there be light." He also was speaking about all these and every other moment He used this piece of creation to "highlight" His will and glory? I think so.

Plus, God uses his creation every day in many many other ways to point us to Himself... has light specifically ever been the means that God has shown you something about his love, plan or salvation? Do share.

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