In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
- Genesis 1: 1-5The light is good, very good.
In fact, without light as we understand it, life would not have existed.
Without light from the sun, life would cease to exist on earth.
What does the shining of light cause to any surroundings?
Can anything be hidden when light is shone upon it?
What else does light cause to happen?
Light causes life to happen.
If you've ever left water in a glass out in the sun, perhaps on a window sill in the kitchen, you've noticed green algae begin to appear after a few days.
Same thing eventually happens if you have an aquarium whose water may have sunlight rays reach it.
Not to get bogged down in scientific explanations as to 'why' or 'how' this happens but life seems to come about because of light.
Interestingly enough, man-made light does not cause life to occur in the same manner as natural sunlight does.
Yes, there are methods in growing food in green houses using artificial light, but take a look at the issues.
As man is repeatedly reminded; there is no substitute for the real thing, what occurs in nature / creation outside our efforts.
In California, a response to the ongoing drought is government encouraging property owners to turn their front lawns into 'gardens'.
The garden is actually landscaping that reflects the environment prior to civilization taking over and foreign species of plants and trees being brought in.
Not a 'garden' as in growing edible fruits and vegetables, which do demand sustainable amounts of water.
The plant, tree and terrain choice is of the kind that doesn't need much water; the Los Angeles basin in California is made up of sand and desert-like brush, at least for the past centuries that modern man has been surveying the land.
Anyone who has ever traveled to / from San Diego from / to Los Angeles along the highway that hugs the coastline can see what the natural landscape looks like when traversing the military base north of Oceanside.
One effort in changing the prior landscape of grass is to uproot all the roots of grass and weeds, and put down a black tarp that doesn't allow any bit of sunlight to touch the dirt / ground.
Even without water, moisture occurs during the night and even a bit of sunlight will cause weeds to grow.
After some time making sure no light reaches the dirt, and thus no weeds or anything else has been growing, then landscaping can be migrated from lawn to garden.
With the new garden, new native soil and native plants, it isn't too easy for the previous weeds to show up... although they most likely will when the wind blows them from across your neighbor's lawn.
The idea that light allows for life to occur is quite striking.
What is also striking is the notion of removing one set of matter in order to introduce a new landscape.
What are the things which we must remove from our minds, hearts, bodies and lives in order to continue in grace and truth?
Listen to Me, My people;
hear Me, My nation:
Instruction will go out from Me;
My justice will become a light to the nations.
- Isaiah 51: 4Many have been the laws that men have instituted among themselves.
Several laws preceded the law of Moses.
The Code of Hammurabi, Code of Ur-Nammu and others.
Many laws and religious codes exist today that attempt to turn men's hearts into righteous models of humanity, but we can see the evidence of failure when oppression and fear tactics are the effort to instill obedience in a populace.
Yet where the laws of men have failed in establishing truth and justice in the hearts of men, the law of Christ has grown from men's hearts in establishing a growing society based on grace and truth.
The law of Christ brings unity, oneness with mankind, unity with God our Father, with love for all mankind and peace being the first and last effort for those found in Christ.
Against the law of Christ, no laws of men or religions derived from men's minds can reproach.
The syncretism of prior civilizations, laws, modes of thought and even religious beliefs shouldn't become a trap or reason to doubt for the believer in God Almighty as revealed in Yeshua Christ.
These prior realities should reveal to the faithful the manner God, in all times and places, has worked tirelessly to bring forth what He has willed.
God spoke to people in certain places, showing portions of His light according to how they would understand, in order to further unfold what is still being revealed from Above to all mankind!
Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For this is what the Lord has commanded us:
“ ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the Word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.
- Acts 13: 46-48