Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD. Is 2:5
I have been doing a study of Isaiah, and I thought I would share what I am learning.
This is one of the first places in the Bible where we see the imagery of God as light. We know that God’s appearance was radiant. When Moses went up on the mountain to be with God and he came back down, his face was shining.
But we don’t see the analogy that walking with God is being in the light, or that God is bringing light into the world. These are themes introduced in Isaiah. Here are a couple of other verses about light in Isaiah.
- The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned. Isa 9 (This verse was quoted in Matthew 4:16)
- Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. Isa 60:1
There is a theme of darkness, and of light coming out of darkness in the early books of the Old Testament.
- God created the universe out of darkness, and said, “Let there be light.“
- God gave the plague of darkness to the Israelites, and the Egyptians had no light for three days. The Lord said it was, “darkness that can be felt.” But the Israelites had light in their homes.
We do see that the word of God is seen as giving illumination.
- Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Ps 119:105
Of course, light is a huge theme in the New Testament. We are familiar with verses such as these:
- And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you: God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. I John 1:5
- . . . the rising sun will come to us from heaven, to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. Luke 1:79
God sees people as living in the darkness of sin, and that Christ came to bring the light of salvation to them.
- This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. John 3:19
So what do we do with all of this?
I think that when God spoke these words In Isaiah 2:5 about walking in the light, he was referring back to the passage that precedes it about the mountain of the Lord coming and and how many nations would come to it, saying, “He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” Is 2:3
God was saying that it was time to start walking with the Lord, and learning his ways. I think it also means that the age was coming when God would help us to know him in a greater way.
Today, we are living out these prophesies of light. But how much do we know God? How much do we understand his ways?
This morning, I got a text from a Chinese friend. I studied the Bible with her 6 or so years ago. We got very close, but she never was able to get the story of Christ to come together for her enough in her head that she could make a commitment to him. She kept going to church for several years, even as she moved to different locations, but it didn’t click. Two years ago, she quit going.
But now she has started seeking God again, and this time, the light bulb is going off! Things are making sense!
Her text said, “Every time I helped people, something changed inside of me.”
It reminds me of the verse, “If you hold to my teachings, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31
My friend was finding out the truth that when you walk with God and his ways, you start to see the light.
What you can do this week to walk more closely with the Lord in his ways?
Because the answer to almost anything can be found by walking closer to the Lord. We’re all confused. We’re all stumbling around. We need more of the illumination that is found in God!
So I want to draw closer to him, spend more time with him, “remain in him,” ask him questions, listen to his whispers.
And I want to bring the light to others more, so they can learn of God’s ways. This is something I’ve been slacking off in, yet it is my greatest dream.
“Let us walk in the light of the Lord.” Father God, may you help us to do this more.
You must pay close attention to what [the prophets] wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place–until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. II Peter 1:19