“Let there be light!” (Genesis 1:3)
In the beginning God said, “Let there be light!” These four words sum up the entire Bible. Everything that follows this first sentence, does so to serve the purpose of fulfilling it.
This means that when God said, “Let there be light” – He made a decree that has not been rescinded unto this day.
His will is that we see a revelation of His love in everything He has made, in everything He says, and in everything He does. His purpose in all of this is that we come to know Him by being loved by Him, love Him in return, and share His love with others all around us.
The Garden in which our First Parents were placed was a revelation of God’s love for them. The bounty of His blessings and the nearness of His presence provided lavish proof of His love. The beauty and serenity of their surroundings, and the peace within their own souls showed how much they were loved by God.
And when they yielded to the subtle temptation to “be as God” by eating the forbidden fruit – even then, though banished from Paradise, nevertheless God revealed His love by covering them with the skin of an innocent animal, slain on their behalf. Moreover, He also provided them with protection and natural blessings in abundance as they ventured into a thorn-infested wilderness. Cursed, and yet offered mercy. Expelled, and yet provided protection. Friends, now that’s Love.
But there’s more.
As mankind multiplied and increased in the earth, God chose Abraham and his descendants to be a nation set apart so that the whole world could see a revelation of His love displayed in how He cared and provided for His own. We have this historical record preserved unto this very day.
The giving of the Law on Mt Sinai was a revelation of His love, bringing civil order to a wandering people who had known nothing but oppressive slavery. The sending forth of Prophets and Seers, Teachers and Priests, Judges and Kings – all were expressions of His great love for His people, as He raised their standard of living and built them into a beacon for the world to see His great love.
And though they flounder and failed time and time again, He remained faithful in His unfailing love. This shines as a bright beacon for all who struggle through life.
But the brightest Light was yet to come; the greatest revelation of His love for all of us was just around the corner. We will look at that tomorrow.