Let there be light
In the beginning Elohim 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 Elohim was hovering over the waters. And Elohim said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1: 1-3)
Reading the first portion of the Torah this year, it appears to me that the story of creation does not really begin with the creation of heaven and earth as it seemed to me until now. The creation of heaven and earth is already accomplished when the story begins. The first concrete act of creation that the Bible tells us is the gift of Light. Although light, the Light of the Lord has always existed and existed before any creation, history reveals the gift of this light in the world after heaven and earth were created. The first word of the Creator is: let there be light. As if the sky and the earth served only as simple scenery to something much more majestic.
When the Lord creates something in our lives, the important thing is not the gift itself, but the light that goes with it. It’s not so important to know how the sky and the earth were created, how long, how many angels are here, and how many men are there, because without the Lord’s light all this would not have any sense. The big question is good, is there light or not. Because what the Lord creates is worthless in itself, if he does not add his Light, if he does not fill it with His own person and purpose. If he does not enlighten us on the purpose of his creation and if he does not give us the instructions for how to use it, the chaos takes over. Why having a spouse if I do not know how to love her. Why having children if we cannot represent the Lord in front of them so that they should become believers by conviction and not by tradition and religiousness. Why having a house if it is not the Spirit of Christ that reigns over it. But this is true in all areas of life, why working, doing a ministry, or whatever we may receive from the Lord, if He does not fill it with His light, His commandments, and life. Why using a car if there are no lights to illuminate the roads of this life which is getting darker each day. We have to see and without light we would at best end up in the ditch.
Without the Light of the World, without Christ, nothing makes any sense, on the contrary everything is in danger, because moths, vermine and stealers will destroy it sooner or later. A gift of the Eternal used without his Spirit is empty and useless in itself. This kind of gift ceases to be a blessing for the sake of the Kingdom of Heavens and even for the world here below. If I do not use my possessions, my knowledge, my own person for the sake of His Kingdom, then all I own is like these futile and ephemeral earthly treasures that the Bible quotes several times.
Scientists have also known for a long time that light is in fact the most vital and indispensable element in the world. Without light, life could never have appeared and nothing could be seen and observed. The speed of light itself is a constant that governs almost all the mechanics of physics. In addition, all the information contained in the universe is conveyed by light.
The first word of the enemy is also carrying a great message. It is interesting to observe how lie actually works. Because in reality, the snake did not even lie. He just deflected the truth: did Elohim really say, You must not eat from any tree in the garden? While he knew very precisely that the ban was only on the fruits of two trees and no more. What was his intention when he approached Eve in this way? Nothing more than to awaken this naive and warlike human who is in all of us and who loves to play the advocates of the Almighty. He knew that with this sliding of the truth, he was going to wake up this human instinct in Eve who wishes to defend not only its own person, but others and even the word of the Lord as well. I see in this story the same parallel as in the story of the Ark brought to Jerusalem by King David. When the oxen stumbled, Uzza reached out to take hold of the Ark (2Sam 6: 7). Who do we think we are for wanting to protect Him who is infinitely more powerful than us? We are the only ones who need His protection and not the other way around. I myself have experienced many times the deadly consequences of such an act. When I let myself be drawn into endless debates and sterile discussions. I struggle to protect the Word of the Eternal and finally realize that it is I who have fallen into sin and temptation. Death arises in the form of time lost, the time that I could have devoted to more vital and fruitful things. But my energy had also been destroyed and Satan won a battle against me. Eve made the same mistake. She allowed herself to be dragged into a vain and venomous discussion instead of going on her way like the caravan in front of the barking dogs. She began to argue, to explain the divine will to end up falling into temptation, sin and even death. Our time, our energy, our thoughts, our spiritual work often dies in this way as the consequence of similar faults. We are not even aware of the fruits thus wasted, because we even kill the possibility of seeing them grow.
To avoid falling into this trap, we also need the divine light, the spiritual vision, the gift of discernment. When and how do we answer certain questions or situations. When should we remain silent without even paying attention to provocation and when should we instead go to the assault, because the person really seeks the knowledge and the closeness of the Lord.
Why Jews did not recognize the Messiah in Jesus of Nazareth ?
The Haftara of the week (prophetic portion: Isaiah 42:5-43:10) reveals the reason for the rejection of Christ by the majority of the Jewish people. In this part of the Book, the word Light is also quoted from the first lines. Indeed, Israel was given as light to the nations. The call of Israel is also described and illustrated as follows: The duty of the Jewish people is to heal the blind, the deaf and to free the prisoners from the darkness in which they are locked up. We then read that it is because their refusal to fulfill this mission that the chosen people itself became blind, deaf and captive. The process portrayed is a consequence of sin. This is described in another prophecy too, when the Lord asks the prophet to give eyes with which they do not see, ears with which they do not hear so that he can not heal them. This prophecy announces that the Jewish People has to be put under a veil for a certain period of time. The disobedience of the chosen people veiled the eyes of the Jewish people, thus preventing them from recognizing the expected Messiah in the person of Yeshua of Nazareth. The accusation of deicide is false since then. This does not mean that the people can wash their hands and have no responsibility, but the refusal of Yeshua HaMashiah at first was not a direct rebellion of the people against the Eternal, but a consequence of the blindness and deaf they suffered from as a consequence of their former sins described in the above prophecy. These diseases were serious, but accepted, and from there, it was in the project of the Eternal. Except from his disciples, those who knew who Yeshua really was and who they were facing, were precisely the high priests of the time. These spiritual leaders had no interest in the people discovering the true identity of Jesus and did everything they could to make the people even more deaf and blind than they originally were.
The Almighty allowed this blindness and deaf in order to fulfill himself the mission that the Jewish people had abandoned which is to divulge the knowledge of the Almighty to other nations. He came personally to earth to gather his other sons scattered around the world, the Gentiles: Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says, “I will make you envious by those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.” And Isaiah boldly says, “I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.”(…) I ask then: Did יהוה reject his people? By no means! (…) as it is written: “יהוה gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear, to this very day.” (Excerpts from Romans 10-11).
zeev shlomo 28/09/2013