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Take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the Lord your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage. (Deuteronomy 4:19)

Previously, we addressed the notion that heavenly luminaries were given to all nations as a blessing and a heritage. And so, just as rain falls upon the just and unjust, so too the light and warmth of the sun, the light of the moon and the direction provided by the stars is a gift to all men. We could also say that, while these things are the only source of light for the nations, the same is not true for God’s people — we have another, in fact, better source of light. As Isaiah said:

The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; but the LORD will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory. (Isaiah 60:19)

Ultimately, the Body of Messiah receives its’ true light from the Creator — the same light, by the way, that first appeared at the beginning before there was a sun, moon and stars. In that vein of thought, we should acknowledge that the Messiah is the Light of the World, and yet, it was He who said of us, “You are the light of the world.” That statement acknowledges that, as His people, we are to reflect His light as we live our lives in accordance with His Will. This is, in fact, our mandate: to be a light to the nations because we are a true and authentic reflection of the source of light, the Messiah. And so let us close with the word of Isaiah who, speaking of the Messiah, also alludes to our mission on this earth:

Thus says God the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it: I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house. (Isaiah 42:5-7)

Blessings and Shalom,  




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