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There are a couple of Hebrew words which denote light. In Genesis we can learn the meaning of both of the words for light. In Genesis 1:3 we read:

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

These were the first words spoken by God at creation. The primary word for light in this scripture is ore. This light is not the light of the sun, moon, and stars, for they were not created until the fourth day.

This light is a supernatural light which comes forth from God. It had the power to expel the darkness and to sustain earth with all of its life forms. This supernatural light is a characteristic of God's very nature. He is LIGHT and in Him there is no darkness. His very nature expels all darkness and sustains life.

In Revelation we read that the new heaven and the new earth will not need the sun, moon, stars or lamps for light for it is recorded that Yahweh Elohim will be its light

“There shall be no night there. They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” Revelation 22:5

The next word for light can be found in Genesis 1:14-19, it is ma'or. This word is used to refer to the light given by the celestial bodies as well as the Menorah, or lampstand (Exodus 35:14). This type of light is not God's supernatural light that comes from within Himself.

When Yeshua (Jesus) stated that He was the “light” of the world, He was referring to Himself as being God, for only God can be the “ore”, the supernatural light of the world that expels all darkness.

“ Then Jesus spoke again unto them, saying, I AM the light of the world; he that follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

In addition, the primary light of “ore” has traditionally been associated with The Messiah in ancient Jewish commentary. In this commentary it states that the Spirit of the Messiah was in the beginning with the Spirit of Yah when creation took place. Commentary also states that Messiah existed before the creation. This is all confirmed in the Re-Newed Testament, as well, concerning Messiah Yeshua. Messiah was the light to bring about redemption in the Father's plan of salvation. Notice in the scripture from Revelation about the New Heaven and the New Earth (Revelation Chapter 22) that it mentions “the throne of God and of the Lamb”. They are one!



Hebrew Treasures; Bridges for Peace International, PO Box 1093 Jerusalem, Israel; pgs 75-77.

All scripture is from the Jubilee Bible unless otherwise indicated


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