Return to Content
Read Our Devotional
Opportunities to be Published
The Home for Christian Writers! Matthew 6:33
ENCOURAGE AUTHOR BY COMMENTING
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
As A Member
Add to Favorites
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Free to Share
Based on Gen. 1:2-3
Billy Graham in his book World Aflame tells of how he sat in the office of Dag Hammarskjold at the United Nations shortly before he was killed in the plane crash. He said that Mr. Hammarskjold seemed deeply depressed, and as he looked out over New York City he said quietly, "I see no hope for permanent peace. We have tried so hard and we have failed so miserably. Unless the world has a spiritual rebirth within the next few years, civilization is doomed." Graham goes on in his book to quote leaders in every branch of life and around the world who are pessimistic about the future. Man with all of his light still lives in the dark.
Jean Paul Sartre, the French Existentialist, said, "There is no exit from the human dilemma." Sir Winston Churchill said, "Our problems are beyond us." Graham says that man is caught in a fire raging out of control, and in his first chapter he paints a picture that is frightening. Graham wrote this nearly 40 years ago, but the fact is we still live in a time where it is the dark ages spiritually. Can we be optimistic about the future? Yes we can if we know God through Jesus Christ. We know a God who from the beginning has turned chaos into harmony, and He has brought light out of darkness. God has a plan for this world and so there is always a bright tomorrow, for we look for a new heaven and new earth wherein dwells righteousness. The basis for optimism if found in man promises of the Bible, but we are going to study the first chapter of Genesis to see the method of God's creating that encourages us to be optimistic.
We find harmony and rhyme even in the very statement of the original chaos of the world. In Hebrew the two words describing the chaos rhyme. It says, "And the earth was without tohu and bohu." The word tohu describes a condition of shapelessness. There was just a conglomeration of matter. Bohu means that it was empty and void. There was no life of any kind. Our world started out as chaos. God created the raw materials just before He began to form it for the habitation of life.
God did not create all in immediate perfection. We see here a progression from the raw material to the finished product. There are some who have developed what is called the Gap Theory, which says that God created heaven and earth perfect in verse 1. Then a great catastrophe caused it to be destroyed, and so in verse 2 we have the chaos of that fallen world which God reforms again into a perfect world. The vast majority feel there is no basis for reading so much between the lines. It is obvious that Moses intended to
convey no such impression, but rather, that God, like a skilled workman, began with dull and drab raw materials, and by wisdom formed them into a world of beauty.
We note that darkness was upon the face of the deep. Water was the most abundant substance that God began with as raw material. Water covered the whole earth and it was dark, for light was not yet created. it was a very bleak picture. It was a giant mud pie sunk in a cold dark world ocean. If there had been anyone around to see such a sight, they certainly would think it was a God forsaken planet. But this verse says it was not so, for the Spirit of God moved over the face of the waters. The Holy Spirit is pictured like an eagle hovering over its young. Here the object is lifeless, but the Holy Spirit is eager to give birth to life. Milton in Paradise Lost expresses it like this: "Darkness profound covered the abyss, but on the watery calm His brooding wings the Spirit of God out spread, and vital virtue infused, and vital warmth, throughout the fluid mass."
Here is a picture of the material realm identical to the chaos and darkness of the spiritual realm, which the Bible speaks of often. The wicked man is said to walk in darkness, and darkness blinds his eyes. His understanding is darkened, his heart is darkened, and he loves darkness rather than light. But in both realms the darkness is turned to dawn, for God speaks and says, "Let there be light." In both the physical and spiritual world God has turned the chaos into harmony, and the darkness into light. Paul can say that we were once children of darkness, but are now children of light, and we walk in the light. We are delivered from the power of darkness because, as Peter said, "We are called out of darkness into His marvelous light."
Bela Vassady in his book Light Against Darkness tells of how he and his family lived through the horrors of the siege of Budapest in 1944-5. For three months they were forced to stay in dark, damp, unsanitary cellars as fighting raged above them. He writes, "Even unbelievers began to pray for the arrival of the day when we could climb the stairs again and enjoy once more the brightness of the sun. In those months we had to learn in the hard way that man's most stupid sin is ingratitude. He simply takes for granted the things that supply his everyday necessities; among them light, both in the form of the physical radiance of the sun, and in the form of the spiritual blessing afforded to all in the Light of the World."
God has given physical and spiritual light, and we have the responsibility, as the hymn writer has said, of brightening the corner where we are. Those who are outside the kingdom of God fit the description of man by Louis F. Benson, "And infant crying in the night. An infant crying for the light, and with no language but a cry." God has given light, but we need to reflect that light in this world of darkness. We want to examine the two realms in which God has said let there be light in order to gain understanding of how we are to let our light shine, and to be grateful for the light God has given.
I. THE PHYSICAL REALM.
When we state here that verse 3 records the origin of physical light we must remember that this was not the origin of light in an absolute sense. Scripture tells us that God is light, and what ever God is, He is eternally. And so light had no beginning, but is just as eternal as the very essence of God. What we have here is the origin of light that is external to God. This is important for it makes clear that there is a distinction between Creator and creation. Nothing that God has created is apart of His essence. God is not anything that is made. The whole physical universe was called into being by His Word. God is in the world, but not of it. It is not God that we see in nature. It is not God we see in beauty. These things are the handiwork and wisdom of God. We only see God in Jesus Christ, and in his written Word.
This origin of physical light then is not God, but it is a revelation of the wisdom of God, for light is essential to life, and God was planning for just that. He has water and light, and all men know that these are essential for life. Commentators note the interesting fact that light was created on this first day, but the sun and stars were not created until the 4th day. There are a number of theories to explain this, and it fits perfectly into the origin of the universe held by many scientists, which is called The Expanding Universe Theory. We may have here an explanation for the mystery about the nature of light. It is scientifically proven that light is both a wave and a particle. It is possible that two-fold creation of light is the cause for this paradox.
God is the author of light, and so all of life, beauty and color are part of God's handiwork. All of the blessings of life that come through sight are by God's grace. We need to praise God constantly for all that He has given us to see. The hymn writer has written, "For the joy of ear and eye; for the heart and minds delight; for the mystic harmony linking sense to sound and
sight-Lord of all to thee we raise this our song of grateful praise." It is important to see that the physical is also spiritual. There is no distinction between sacred and secular to the believer, for God is the author of all that is good, true and beautiful.
II. THE SPIRITUAL REALM.
The Bible refers to Jesus often as the Light. He was to be a light to Gentiles in darkness. His life was to be the light of men. He is called the true Light, and in John 8:12 Jesus said, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." If one is walking in darkness, they are not following Christ. God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. Light and darkness is just as compatible in the spiritual realm as in the physical. We need not fear the darkness as believers. When intense darkness came over Egypt as a plague the people of Israel still had light. So it is in every age. The pessimism of the world need not lead us to despair, for as children of God we are to be children of light. Darkness is the domain of the devil, but light is the land of the Lord.
The economist say if we redistribute the wealth there will be light. Diplomats say that if we improve the United Nations then there will be light. Educators say that if we teach every person in the world then there will be light. Socialists say that if we improve the environment and eliminate poverty, then there will be light. But the Bible says that all of these plans would still leave the world in a chaos of darkness. They all start with the assumption that the darkness is out there, but God says the darkness is within. You will never dissolve the darkness in your cellar by putting the most modern lights on the street corner. All of men's plans treat the symptoms and not the disease.
Jesus goes right to the source of the darkness, which is sin. He alone can forgive sin and bring man out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. He is the only answer that can bring light. The poet has said,
"The world's great heart is aching, aching fiercely in the night, And God alone can heal it, and God alone give light; And the people to bear that message, and to speak that living Word, Are you and I, my brothers, and all others who have heard."
God wants to say through each of us in this dark world, "Let there be
PLEASE ENCOURAGE AUTHOR BELOW
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
AS A MEMBER
Reader Count & Comments
This article has been read
Read more articles by
or search for other articles by topic below.
Search for articles on: (e.g. creation; holiness etc.)
Read more by clicking on a link:
Main Site Articles
Most Read Articles
Highly Acclaimed Challenge Articles
New Release Christian Books for Free for a Simple Review
NEW - Surprise Me With an Article - Click here for a random URL
God is Not Against You - He Came on an All Out Rescue Mission to Save You
...in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them... 2 Cor 5:19
Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Acts 13:38
LEARN & TRUST JESUS HERE
The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
FaithWriters offers Christian reading material for Christian readers. We offer Christian articles, Christian fiction, Christian non-fiction, Christian Bible studies, Christian poems, Christian articles for sale, free use Christian articles, Christian living articles, New Covenant Christian Bible Studies, Christian magazine articles and new Christian articles. We write for Jesus about God, the Bible, salvation, prayer and the word of God.
Link To Us
Become A Member