What is God's Light?

I am hosting Monday Manna today, where we meet to together to study a portion of God's Word. You may link to your blog with thoughts on this verse (with the Linky at the bottom of this page), or you may add a comment.

"Where is the way where light dwelleth?
And as for darkness,
where is the place thereof?"
(Job 38:19, KJV)

What is light?

According to the dictionary, it is "electromagnetic radiation that has a wavelength in the range from about 4,000 (violet) to about 7,700 (red) angstroms and may be perceived by the normal unaided human eye."

We considered the most basic form of light to be the sun, but it wasn't the first light. On the first day of creation, God said, "Let there be light!" and there was light. What was this light? It wasn't the sun, for that wasn't created until the 4th day. It was God's light.

Light travels at 186,000 miles a second. I looked up the explanations of how scientists discovered this, but my small mind couldn't comprehend it. I only know that even though light is moving, God made it already here when it was created, giving it age at its conception.

"Where is the way where light dwelleth?
And as for darkness,
where is the place thereof?"
(Job 38:19, KJV)

God showed Job the wonders of creation that only He could know. Physics, biology, and astronomy, which were "discovered" later in time, are all discussed in these chapters. (Job 39-41) We learn of dragons and other creatures that are not around any more.

In thinking again of light and darkness, it brings to mind the times when the Bible describes unnatural forms of darkness. God plagued the Egyptians with a strange darkness.

"And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt, and Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven, and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. They saw not one another, neither rose from his place for three days, but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings." (Exodus 10:21-23, KJV)

Two more times, God used this "thick darkness" in the book of Exodus. Darkness is also mentioned in Revelation, in the time of the Great Tribulation and in the everlasting punishment of Satan and those who have followed him.

"God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all."
(I John 1:5)

Every time, God gives man a glimpse of heaven, of angels, or of His glory - a very bright light is the first sensation of being in the presence of something supernatural. God's glory shows His presence.

"Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation,
and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle."
(Exodus 40:34)

Heaven is always described as being filled with light - brighter than the sun, brighter than anything we can imagine. It is filled with God's light.

"And the city had no need of the sun,
neither of the moon, to shine in it;
for the glory of God did lighten it,
and the Lamb is the light thereof."
(Revelation 21:23)

I think God's light will surround us like the air in heaven. I wonder if the "white robes" are really light. Perhaps Adam and Eve were clothed in light before they sinned.

We think we can control light with electrical power, but we can only simulate real light. God creates His light with only a word. He can withhold it with thick darkness. He can reveal glimpses of it to mankind. There will be a day when we will see Him as He is, in all His glory!


Wanda said...

Interesting take on this passage and I loved your last paragraph. Blessings to you.

Joanne Sher said...

Very interesting thoughts! So much we don't understand. Good stuff!

Sharon - inspiring nonfiction said...

You gave me some new food for thought! Thanks.

LaLee said...

Wowzer, this is GREAT. Love it when good research gives us more insight into the Truth! Thank you for it.


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