A Single Spoken Sentence

Universe        Uni – one      Verse – a spoken sentence

Universe – a single spoken sentence

Did you realize you live in a single spoken sentence?  In fact, I can even tell you what that sentence was and who said it.  In the beginning God said “Let there be light.”  Let’s look at the actual scripture from Genesis 1 to get a full understanding of what went on in that one sentence.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 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 the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
(Genesis 1:1-5)

God said “Let there be light.”  And there was light.  Think about that for a second – he spoke the word light and it was there.  It poured forth from His mouth!  Light, glorious, radiant, magnificent, beautiful light. Think of the power, the knowledge, the wisdom, the might that took.  To speak light into being!  Wow!

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Why did God make it first, what’s so important about it?  Let’s see if scripture can provide some answers.

And God saw that the light was good. (Genesis 1:4a)  Right off we see that God knew the light was good.  Good for what?  Well, this verse continues with the following:  And God separated the light from the darkness.  (Genesis 1:4b)  To separate us from darkness, to create a division there.  For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,  (Proverbs 6:23)  The light reveals while the darkness conceals.

Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly, as there is more gain in light than in darkness.  (Ecclesiastes 2:13)

In Exodus we see a perfect example of the light revealing and guiding the Israelite’s as the wander in wilderness, enabling them to travel both day and night.

And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.  (Exodus 13:21)

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The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor.  (Esther 8:16)

Here we see light as a blessing, which it certainly is.  We moved to the country a few years ago and not long after settling into our new home the power went out one evening while I was home by myself.  Well, I quickly learned what darkness, real darkness was.  That night there wasn’t a street light, not a lamb in a neighbor’s window, nothing, nada.  The best I could hope for was the occasional car passing on the road whose lights would light the living room for a few seconds.  It was dark, too dark to stumble around as described here:  They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them stagger like a drunken man.  (Job 12:25), in an unfamiliar area to find candles, or a flashlight.  So I sat, more than a little freaked out till my guys returned home.  I joked that it wasn’t just darkness, it was extreme darkness!  Once my husband was here he knew right where a flashlight was and some candles and in a few moments the house was bathed in sweet, beautiful, glorious, precious light.  And gladness, joy, hope.  Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.  (Ecclesiastes 11:7)

But woe to those without light, these verses from Job paint a bleak, sad, hauntingly terrifying picture for those without the light.  He is thrust from light into darkness, and driven out of the world.  (Job 18:18)  Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous, such is the place of him who knows not God.”  (Job 18:21)   Isaiah also speaks of the  tragedy of being removed from the light.  Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!  (Isaiah 5:20)   For we are told that The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.  (Proverbs 13:9)

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For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.  (Psalms 18:28)

But the Psalms begin to give us the greatest reason for the light, it’s source – the Lord.  Without Him then we are in darkness in our souls, we are the the verses in Job about being cast out, driven apart from the light, from God.  As David tells us here:  The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  (Psalms 27:1)

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For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.  (Psalms 36:9)  He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.  (Psalms 37:6) 

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  (John 1:4)

When we allow the light of the Lord, the light of Christ to dwell within us we need never fear the darkness, for it will flee.  The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.  (Isaiah 9:2)

The darkness hates the light,  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.  (John 3:19-21)

For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light.  (Mark 4:22) 

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And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  (John 1:5)
Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.  (Isaiah 60:20)

Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me.  (Micah 7:8)

I will bear the indignation of the LORD because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication.  (Micah 7:9) 

Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  (Matthew 5:15)

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.  (Matthew 5:16)

As always may God bless and keep you.

 

 

 

 

 

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