Rudy Ross and I are ending our study of Deuteronomy this week. There will be seven more videos on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel to conclude our study.
We are preparing for a study of the Gospel of Luke that will begin next week.
This week, I want to share some of Rudy’s writing with readers of real-voices.com. Rudy has insights into the subject of “Light” that will enrich our understanding and appreciation of our magnificent God.
Light: A Universal Truth
Jesus is the Light of the world is more than a platitude; it is a universal truth. One can’t have the presence of Jesus without His light. John describes the Light of Jesus as being seven times the brightness of the sun. With that, we understand why the cloud cloaked the Glory of Jesus as the Israelites followed it in the desert.
John also wrote: there is no need for sun or moon (in heaven), and there is no night. The Glory of God gives heaven its light, and its lamp is the Lamb, which identifies the source of Heaven’s light. He never stops shining because He lives! What that makes clear is that when the prophets saw Light, it was coming from Him.
In a very personal way, Jesus is our guiding light, as well. I believe Jesus shields us from His Glory for our protection, which is beneficial because it allows Him to be near us.
The Holy Spirit is to us as Jesus was to the Apostles. When we acknowledge that to be true, we can accept what the Holy Spirit gives us is the same personal contact He gave to the Apostles.
There have been moments when the Holy Spirit was present that I felt as though I was being pushed through the floor. That type of experience gives us a glimpse into the Power of the Holy Spirit. In those moments when He makes Himself known like that, He is shielding us and giving us a foretaste of Heaven without being atomized.
The Word “Light”
Have you ever wondered why God chose Let there be light, to be the phrase that started this existence? There is always more to what God says than what is on the surface. The contrast of light and dark is the basis for the recreation story and summarizes God’s leading us out of the dark into the Light.
Biblically speaking, the original burst of Light contained all the knowledge we would need to know Him and the materials necessary for this visible universe. It also made His presence visible inside the universe Heaven surrounds. The presence of Light in scripture, and spiritually, alerts us to His closeness. After all, there is no Kingdom without the King, and His light is an inseparable part of Jesus being the Light of the World. Just as there is heat emitted from a light bulb, Light emits from Jesus’ body. The heat coming from a light bulb is not its intended purpose, its illumination is; however, one always comes with the other. The LORD’s Brightness is the pinnacle of the Light category.
Creation and Light
Moses was the One Told about the Start of Creation.
Adam and Eve left the Garden 2500 years before Moses was born. Moses had two forty-day stays on Mount Sinai, which was plenty of time to be told how God started the universe and the world’s history prior to leaving Egypt.
Genesis, being inspired, makes Genesis more relevant than Christians are taught.
We further must understand that God exists outside of time. That means time was created, which is where we are living now. With that, we come to understand one of the parameters of the creation. Like all God’s stories, there’s a beginning and an end with a reason behind both.
God’s Love and Light
That points to another universal truth: God so loved the world.
The reality of His Love permeates everything, which encourages us to look backward and forward through the prism of His life. With that, several puzzle pieces come together: wrongdoing separates us from Him, and He has a plan in place to repair that.
The words that sparked this existence were, “Let there be light,” resulting in everything visible being created from invisible things.
Interestingly, science can compute the expansion and (maybe) the universe’s contraction by the Big Bang theory but can’t explain where the materials came from for the visible universe. We know Jesus created them! And that happened when He said, “Let there be Light.”
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening, and there was morning, the first day. (Gen. 1:1-4)
Verse 3 states: And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.
In the moments just before He created everything it was silent and dark, and then…there was a burst of light. That not only contained all the materials needed for the cosmos, but it had all the knowledge about Him. That is what made me wonder why He called it light? I think it’s intrinsically connected to our biology, because we would not be conscious of our surroundings without light.
Rudy’s thoughts about Light will continue tomorrow.
About This Blog
This is a guest article by Rudy Ross. Rudy is a serious student of the Bible and a lover of God.
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