Sunday, July 26, 2009

Separating Light From Darkness

3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

The Holy Bible : Today's New International Version.
2005 (Ge 1:3-5). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
I listen to podcasts from both Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe and I listen to podcasts from Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis. If you have only listened to one side of the debate of what the days of Genesis are literal 24-hour days or whether they are long periods of time, could I encourage you to listen to both sides of this debate with an open mind?

I might talk about that debate more in a future post, but let me talk about something different this post. One thing that is always a good idea is to see how Old Testament passages are quoted later in the Scripture. Did you know that verse 3 is quoted by Paul? Check out 2 Corinthians 4 . . .
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
4The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

The Holy Bible : Today's New International Version.
2005 (2 Co 4:1-6). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Paul uses Genesis 1:3 to talk about us having light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Jesus. Allen Ross writes in commenting about Genesis 1:3 . . .
Light and darkness in the Bible are also symbolic of good and evil. Here began God’s work which will culminate in the age to come when there will be no darkness (Rev. 22:5).

Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1983-c1985). The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
If you'd like a nice time of study in your Bible on this subject, look up all these verses that Warren Wiersbe shares in his commentary (though I think the reference he makes to Luke 23:53 is a typo and is supposed to be Luke 22:53 and the reference to 8:12 at the beginning should be John 8:12) . . .
In Scripture, light is associated with Christ (8:12), the Word of God (Ps. 119:105, 130), God’s people (Matt. 5:14–16; Eph. 5:8), and God’s blessing (Prov. 4:18), while darkness is associated with Satan (Luke 23:53; Eph. 6:12), sin (Matt. 6:22–23; John 3:19–21), death (Job 3:4–6, 9), spiritual ignorance (John 1:5), and divine judgment (Matt. 8:12). This explains why God separated the light from the darkness, for the two have nothing in common. God’s people are to “walk in the light” (1 John 1:5–10), for “what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14–16; Eph. 5:1–14)
From the very first day of Creation, God established the principle of separation. Not only did He separate the light from the darkness (Gen. 1:4) and the day from the night (v. 14), but later He also separated the waters above from the waters beneath (vv. 6–8), and the land from the waters (vv. 9–10). Through Moses, God commanded the people of Israel to remain separated from the nations around them (Ex. 34:10–17; Deut. 7:1–11); and when they violated this commandment, they suffered. God’s people today need to be careful in their walk (Ps. 1:1) and not be defiled by the world (Rom. 12:1–2; James 1:7; 4:4; 1 John 2:15–17).

Wiersbe, W. W. (1998). Be basic. An Old Testament study. (25). Colorado Springs, Colo.: Chariot Victor Pub.
Is there some darkness in your life that God has been wanting to separate, but you keep hanging on? Have things been getting in your way so that you don't let the light of God's Word into your life on a daily basis? Perhaps it's Facebook? Purpose to spend ten, or even just five minutes reading a little of God's word before you see what everyone else is up to on Facebook. Perhaps it's the sports news or the stock market that distract you. Or it could be something that isn't on my radar at all.

God wants to get His light into your life. And while we're talking about the word light, remember Jesus said, his burden is light (Matthew 11:30 -- using the word light in a different sense). Go back to my post a few days ago about reading only a box a day. It only takes a couple minutes each day to make you someone completely different six months or a year from now.

You don't have to read your Bible for an hour. You don't have to pray for two hours. There is nothing wrong with reading or praying for an hour or two or more. But so often we trip ourselves up because we set a lofty goal, fail miserably at it, and just give up.

Set the bar low. If Jesus good take just five small barley loaves in John 6 and feed 5000, then watch we he does when you read just a paragraph or two of his word each day. Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Eat some bread and let God separate light from darkness in your life.

Remember the quote I posted on June 15th . . .
Sin will keep you from this Book. This Book will keep you from sin.”
Dwight L. Moody

Osbeck, K. W. (1985). 101 more hymn stories. Includes index. (285). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications.
Why don't you let today be the day that God does that separating in your life?

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