“I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT”
Light is a great creation of God. It was the first thing that appeared in Genesis when God spoke all that is into being. Light is more than a great gift given to us by God. It is the very nature of God. Wherever He is, Light is abundant, radiant, and blindingly bright. Scriptures are filled with the presence of bright light whenever there was a theophany. Those that have been in His presence speak of the glorious Light of the Lord. And, it is said of His followers that we exude His light if we walk with Him. His light makes an indelible impression on those that know Him. To stand in the presence of His Light is both awesome and awful! There are 275 uses of the word “light” in Scripture. Here are only a few…
Genesis 19:11 – (The events in Sodom and Gomorrah when the Angels came into Lot’s house) They struck the men who were at the entrance of the house, both young and old, with a blinding light so that they were unable to find the entrance.
Exodus 13:21 – The Lord went ahead of them (Israel) in a pillar of cloud to lead them on their way during the day and in a pillar of fire to give them light at night, so that they could travel day or night.
Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom should I fear?
Acts 9:3 – As he (Saul of Tarsus) traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him.
Acts 12:7 – Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared, and a light shone in the cell. Striking Peter on the side, he woke him up and said, “Quick, get up!” Then the chains fell off his wrists.
1 John 1:5 – God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.
Rev.1:16 – ….a sharp double-edged sword came from His mouth, and His face was shining like the sun at midday.
Once, as an experiment, the great scientist Isaac Newton stared at the image of the sun reflected in a mirror. The brightness burned into his retina, and he suffered temporary blindness. Even after he hid for three days behind closed shutters, still the bright spot would not fade from his vision. “I used all means to divert my imagination from the sun,” he writes, “But if I thought upon it, I presently saw its image though I was in the dark.” If he had stared a few minutes longer, Newton might have permanently lost all vision. The chemical receptors that govern eyesight cannot withstand the full force of unfiltered sunlight.
There is a parable in Isaac Newton’s experiment, and it helps illustrate what the Israelites ultimately learned from the wilderness wanderings. They had attempted to live with the Lord of the Universe visibly present in their midst; but, in the end, out of all the thousands who had so gladly fled Egypt, only two survived God’s Presence. If you can barely endure candlelight, how can you gaze at the sun? (Philip Yancey, Disappointment With God, Zondervan, p. 74.).