Here are some random observations and verses from my study of light.
The entrance of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
~ Psalm 119:130 (NKJV)
Of the Bible's ~370 references to light (contrasting 220+ mentions of darkness), 13 are in the very first chapter.
Light is the Creator's first work.
Light drives back darkness with no more than light's existence.
"The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness."
~ Luke 11:34 (NKJV)
The oil used by lamps for light is also used for healing, anointing, and to show favor.
The Oxford Dictionary's entry for "light" includes this sub-entry:
SEE THE LIGHT : 2 undergo religious conversion
"Light" is a word stemming from Old English leōght, while "delight" has its origin in the Latin delectare for "to charm." Despite the lack of an etymological connection, I can't help but see a strong connection between the two.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
~ 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)
In the above verse, the Greek word translated "marvelous" ("wonderful" in the NIV) is thaumastos, rooted in a verb describing the act of looking at something deliberately, intently, carefully, contemplatively, attentively—with admiration—in the effort to interpret it.
Another post on light is planned for Monday.
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