In the study “Appreciating The Light,” we’ve learned that Elohim created both darkness and light (reference Isaiah 45:7). As you may already know, the study discussed both the literal and spiritual meaning of this light as well as how we can exercise Messiah’s instruction: “Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness” (Luke 11:35). After laying out the foundation as to how we can appreciate the light, this study will now what Messiah Yeshua had to say about the origins of that light along with its meaning.
Elohim Is Light
Previously, we learned that the Heavenly Father created light (reference Genesis 1:3-5). Also, we learned that after creating the light, “17 Elohim set these [other] lights in the sky to light the earth, 18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And Elohim saw that the light was good” (Genesis 1:17-8). We’ve also learned the function that light serves: “Light shines in the darkness for the godly” (Psalm 112:4a), the Bible says. As such, Yeshua encouraged that you “[…] Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going” (John 12:35), because Messiah simply doesn’t want us as his disciples to be stumbling our way through life. Even though the Bible reveals a spiritual identity to this light, being the Word itself (reference Psalm 119:116) intended to be proclaimed among the nations of the earth (reference Isaiah 51:4), Messiah also instructed that the Heavenly Father is both the Light and is in the Light, a concept that John introduces in his letter.
How is it, then, that Elohim is light? How is it that He is in the light? Why is light so significant? This study is intended to answer questions such as these.
Messiah Yeshua recognized that Elohim created the light in the first day of creation. Even though light was already created on the first day of creation, Torah intrigues us with a bit of needed information:“16 Elohim made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. 19 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day” (Genesis 1:16, 19). Just like the light was created for mankind’s benefit, so too these celestial bodies in the heavens were created for the earth’s benefit; henceforth, Torah instructs: “And when you look up into the sky and see the sun, moon, and stars—all the forces of heaven—don’t be seduced into worshiping them. Hashem your Elohim gave them to all the peoples of the earth” (Deuteronomy 4:19). Torah implies a sense of selfishness on behalf of creation when it worships the created, because that which was created was for all of humanity, not for the individual or a select group of people.
So, what’s the intrigue? The intrigue is that the initial light that governed the first three days of creation preceded the celestial bodies that now govern the day, the night and the seasons. Yes, light came into existence in the very first day of creation, but this light didn’t originate from the sun, the moon or the stars! So if the sun, the moon, and the stars did not come into existence until the fourth day of creation, then what was the source of the light that shone the preceding first three days? According to Messiah Yeshua, “[…] Elohim is light, and there is no darkness in Elohim at all” (1 John 1:5). Not only was Elohim that initial light that shone, Messiah Yeshua taught that Elohim resides in that very same light that Elohim created when Yeshua said, “Elohim is in the light,” the Bible says (1 John 5:7). Subsequently, in order for us to understand Messiah’s teaching in the manner by which Elohim is both the light and resides in the light, we need to review what the Scriptures say pertaining to the matter and discover the answer to the intrigue that Torah left us with.
Elohim Is In The Light
King David wrote,
1 Let all that I am praise Hashem. O Hashem my Elohim, how great you are! You are robed with honor and majesty. 2 You are dressed in a robe of light. You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens; 3 you lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds. You make the clouds your chariot; you ride upon the wings of the wind. (Psalm 104:1-3)
King David also recognized that the Heavenly Father created the light. Then, after the Heavenly Father created the light, He robed himself with this very same light. As a result of His actions, the Heavenly Father partook in revealing His glory to all then existing creation, the light which He himself resides in. Thus, King David reasoned that the celestial bodies that reside in the outer regions of the heavens serve as a testament of the Heavenly Father’s creative works.
1 The heavens proclaim the glory of Elohim. The skies display his craftsmanship. 2 Day after day the heavens continue to speak; night after night the heavensmake Elohim known. 3 The heavens speak without a sound or [a] word; their voice is never heard. 4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. Elohim has made a home in the heavens for the sun. 5 It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race. (Psalm 19:1-5)
What happened after the Heavenly Father was robed with this light? Habakkuk The Prophet explained, “His brilliant splendor fills the heavens, and the earth is filled with His praise. 4 His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from his hands, where his awesome power is hidden. 6 When he stops, the earth shakes. When he looks, the nations tremble. He shatters the everlasting mountains and levels the eternal hills. He is the Eternal One!” (Reference Habakkuk 3:3-6.)
Take notice the sentence structure of the prophet’s writing. He doesn’t say, “His brilliant splendor filled the heavens;” He also didn’t say, “Rays of light flashed from his hands.” In his expression, the prophet maintained utilizing the present tense of these verbs to indicate to his readers that the Heavenly Father continues to fill the heavens with His brilliant splendor as well as to demonstrate that rays of light continues to flash from his hands. Thus, whenever the Bible makes mention of the Heavenly Father’s light, the Bible remains presenting this concept in the present tense because since the creation of this light wherewith the Heavenly Father has created, He has been basking in this glory ever since, a concept that explains why Yeshua reasoned, “there is no darkness in Elohim at all” (1 John 3:5).
What, then, did Yeshua mean when he said, “Elohim is light?” Messiah was simply making mention of two things. Firstly, he was expressing of the manner by which the Heavenly Father’s created light and vestured himself with this glorious grandeur and splendor that continues to radiate from Him since its inception. Secondly, he was giving his disciples a reason to render glory to Elohim as well as a hope to look forward to. In essence, Messiah was speaking about the manner by which Israel benefited from the splendor and glory that radiated from Elohim.
26 There is no one like the G-d of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendor. 27 The eternal Elohim is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. He drives out the enemy before you; he cries out, ‘Destroy them!’ (Deuteronomy 33:26-7)
Some may have reasoned that since the Heavenly Father is invisible, mankind could no longer perceive Elohim’s glory. Maybe some have reasoned that Elohim was in complete utter darkness? We don’t know. We do know that Messiah clarified the matter. By expressing that the Heavenly Father continues to reside in light, Messiah Yeshua gave his disciples a hope, seeing Elohim in the full splendor of His glory. This idea of seeing Elohim in His full splendor and glorious array seems foreign to a lot of people; however, many of Israel’s prophets made mention of this upcoming event.
17 Your eyes will see the king in all his splendor, and you will see a land that stretches into the distance. 19You will no longer see these fierce, violent people with their strange, unknown language. 20 Instead, you will see Zion as a place of holy festivals. You will see Jerusalem, a city quiet and secure. It will be like a tent whose ropes are taut and whose stakes are firmly fixed. 21 Hashem will be our Mighty One. He will be like a wide river of protection that no enemy can cross, that no enemy ship can sail upon. 22 For Hashem is our judge, our lawgiver, and our king. He will care for us and save us. (Isaiah 33:17, 19-22)
Did Yeshua really teach about Elohim dressed in glorious grandeur making Himself known to all of mankind? Well, we reason that Messiah did give his disciples this hope to look forward to.
29 Immediately after the anguish of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will give no light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:29-30)
Yeshua first mentions that the celestial bodies will one day cease to shed its glories. Yes, these cataclysmic events serve as remarkable signs for us to look forward to Messiah’s Coming to Zion, but they also serve as another indicator, mankind getting ready to meet his Creator. Later on in Revelation, we read,
23 And the city (i.e., Jerusalem) has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of Elohim illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. 24 The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter the city in all their glory. 25 Its gates will never be closed at the end of day because there is no night there. 26 And all the nations will bring their glory and honor into the city. 27 Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Revelations 21:23-7)
This study will now conclude with these following words.
Is Elohim glorious? We believe so. The Bible teaches us that Elohim created the light and resides in it. This light that Elohim created is for mankind’s benefit. In like manner, we look forward to meeting with the Heavenly Father on His appointed time, for “There (in Jerusalem) Hashem will display his glory, the splendor of our Elohim” (Isaiah 35:2c).
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