A few months ago I percieved that I should be painting with light.
I had no idea what it meant, but I had the distinct feeling that it was my Loving Father who was about to reveal something to me – so I sat quietly and waited for Him to say more.
I did not have long to wait.
Genesis 1:3 God said “Let there be light …”
The Hebrew for light is Aleph Vav Resh and sounds like Ore.
It is important to know that this word came from the lips of YHWH and was ‘said’ for the benefit of His future creation who would later read the verse – and then scratch their heads as they pondered as to what kind of light He was bringing into being (notice that YHWH did not “make” the light … it came into being … that is, it entered space and time – from somewhere else). So let us see where this goes.
The predominant character Vav means that “light” was to be an everlasting commitment on the Fathers behalf offered to all humanity, the Father would “pitch His tent” with us (this implies that The Father would dwell with us … the ancient rabbi’s called it the Shekhinah Glory … but that is for the next blog?).
Aleph is the Father Himself exercising power and authority by offering us to be yoked to Him, and in doing so we would receive intimacy, teaching, insight, and wisdom from Him.
Resh is that which is of fundamental importance – being the first … and which comes from the very depths of God’s ‘thoughts’ towards us.
Then YHWH says something very interesting in the next verse.
Genesis 1:4 “God saw that the light was good …”
Interesting because Jesus once responded to an observation with “Why do you call me good? No-one is good except God alone.” (Luke 18:19). So why is it that the Father declares that the Light that entered space and time is good – unless it has a direct connection with Him? That suggests that this light that YHWH manifested on Earth was from Himself and of Himself. It was a goodly light, or I would prefer to say – a Godly Light … or even more precise – the light of the Glory of God!
Then, more intriguing is that Jesus also said “I am the Light of the world” John 8:12. Now I do not know about you, but I am very happy to see these two “light” declarations – one from the Father, and one from the Son – as meaning the same light!
And there is more … almost definitely Jesus spoke to His disciples in Aramaic, and the Aramaic for “light” is Nar-he-rue … nun hey yod resh vav … which can also be found in Daniel 2:22 and 5:11. Amazingly, the Daniel references point to “light” being the light of wisdom and insight. This puts a whole new slant upon the Genesis verse.
And I cannot resist adding a few words from the wonderful poetry of the apocryphal book The Wisdom of Solomon 7:26 … here the writer is describing Wisdom herself:
For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness.
This is another aspect of that light … reflected light? The Hebrews call it the Chozeh light (pronounced “Khozeh” with the kh being a “clearing of the throat” kind of sound). You will find this word in numerous places in the Bible translated to the English “seer”, the first being 2 Samuel 24:11 … but for now I need to let this paint application dry – until the next blog …