Updated: Jul 24
I Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:” (KJV)
Genesis 1:1-5: Here we find the creation of the heavens and the earth. Interestingly, in verse 1 it says that the earth when initially created was without form and void. Without form means “waste, desolation, worthless thing” and the word void means, “empty, vacuity, ruin”.
Then it goes on to say that darkness covered the face of the earth. The word darkness comes from the root word chashak which means “withholding light”. In other words, darkness is the absence of light. The word darkness also carries the meaning of misery, falsehood, ignorance, death, sorrow, blindness,and wickedness. In scripture the word darkness carries with it evil spiritual overtones. For example read: Proverbs 2:13, Proverbs 20:20, Ecclesiastes 2:14, Isaiah 5:20 and John 3:19.
Then Elohim (God) spoke and said “let there be light”, and there was “light.” Notice this is not the sun and moon giving the light as they were not created until the fourth day. The word used here for light is ore. It means illumination and enlightenment. God Himself is the source of this light, a supernatural light. This light dispelled the darkness. Where there is light there can be no darkness. For the definition of darkness is the “absence of light”. Notice that Elohim (God) said that the Light was good. He did not say that about the darkness. All darkness represents evil.
In the book of Revelation 21:25 it says of the new heaven and earth that there shall be no night there, then in the 27th verse it lists things associated with darkness that shall not enter there: anything that defiles, nothing or no one that is an abomination, and no one that practices lies. We see that all of these are works of darkness and works of the flesh. The Apostle Paul gives us a list of the works of the flesh/darkness in Galatians 5:19-21, and states that no one committing these things shall inherit the Kingdom of God.
In John 8:12 Y'shua states that He is the light of the world. This would go back to the word ore, illumination or enlightenment. “He that follows me will never walk in darkness.” Again this word if translated into Hebrew would be “chosek” denoting spiritual sorrow, blindness, and wickedness. In John 9:39 He states that He came into the world so that the blind might see. This is not literally talking about physically blind, although He did open the eyes of the physical blind, but it is talking about the spiritual blind. Where there is light, there is no blindness or wickedness because the light expels these things. As light is within Messiah, and He lights up the world, so if we are living for Him then this, “ore” light should be within us. We should light up the world just as He does! A light is meant to give forth LIGHT!
Yeshua said that we were to be the light of the world and we must let our light shine. The darker the world gets the brighter our light should shine, and it is getting very dark out there.
When it gets dark enough, people will come to that light. Is your light shining brightly? If not, crank it up a notch or two. How? Repentance, prayer; reading, studying and obeying His Word, and yes, fasting.