Light is important to Yahuah. This truth, is found throughout the Bible. As believers in Yahusha Messiah, we want to continually abide in Yahuah’s light. Yet, we have all been deceived at some point by what appeared to be light, but was in fact darkness. Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, darkness cloaked itself in a false light and enticed us with shiny objects of delight. Darkness luminously lured us down dark, dank roads of folly only to rob us of Yah’s light.
Darkness plays for keeps and is singularly focused on its mission. That is to deceive, ensnare, trap and drag as many as he can to the lake of fire (John 10:10). The prince of darkness knows his time is almost up and he’s not playing around.
Be sober, watch, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8
It is by Yah’s lovingkindness that we have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an qodesh nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:1 Peter 2:9
Yah’s Light and Works
Now as Torah-pursuant believers of Yahuah, we actively seek to abide in Yah’s light. His light is important to us as well. Notice that I wrote, “Yah’s light” and “His light.”
Apart from Yahuah, we haven’t any light of our own. We are not light.
To the extent that we walk in the ways of the Originator and Creator of light, is the extent that we have light. According to Matthew 5:14, this statement appears to oppose of what Yahusha says:
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.Matthew 5:14
However, in context, it is not contradictory at all. Matthew 5:16 reveals what our light should be.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.Matthew 5:16
Our light is connected to our good works which are connected to obeying Yahuah’s commandments. Unfortunately, grace alone to the exclusion of works, is the mantra today. Works has become a dirty word among many who profess belief in Scripture. However, if works are taboo to Yah, then what do we do with Revelation 20:11-12:
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before Yahuah; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
There is more scriptural evidence that supports the importance of actions (our works), while on our sojourn on earth. This is not the focus of this writing.
What is the Standard?
Now, the question becomes, how do we know what Yahuah deems as good works? Are we to decide this according to our own thoughts? Looking around us, we clearly see the adverse effects of this way of thinking. Good works to me, may not be good enough works to you and vice versa. Yah has given us a way to tell the difference so that we avoid being plundered by situational ethics. I mean darkness.
Wherefore the law is qodesh, and the commandment qodesh, and just, and good.Romans 7:12
Yah’s law is the universal standard that illuminates the way to abide in His light. I emphasize this point. We have no light of our own and we are not inherently good. Neither are we light workers bearing our own light.
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, Yahuah: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.Matthew 19:17
Apart from Yah, and walking in obedience to His commandments, we are nothing and have nothing of our own to offer. I know this is counter intuitive to our predictive programmed way of thinking in terms of self-effort, self-love and self-esteem.
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.Isaiah 64:6
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.Romans 7:18
Messiah Yahusha taught us that the servant is no greater than his master (Matt. 10:24). As he did nothing of himself, we can do nothing apart from Yah.
Then said Yahusha unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.John 8:28
Yahusha did what Yahuah said and we do as the Messiah while not neglecting the source of his actions. This is the path to living in Yah’s light.
The obvious place to begin this study of Yahuah’s light would be Genesis 1:1. However, I want to be sure to first establish that Yahuah’s Word, His laws, His commandments are as light to us. This is how we are able to shine forth His transformational light into our dark world.
Yahuah’s Word Is Light
Let’s consider these Scriptures:
For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:Proverbs 6:23
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.Isaiah 8:20
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.Psalm 119:30
Who is among you that feareth Yahuah, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of Yahuah, and stay upon his Elohim.Isaiah 50:10
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, either cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in Yahuah.John 3:19-21
Although Yah’s powerful Word brings light into our lives, it is most efficacious in the context of covenant.
Many today are sincerely seeking Yahuah by reading, studying and listening to His Word. They are diligently confessing, praying, serving others, declaring, decreeing and professing His Word. In addition, they are faithfully paying tithes and giving offerings. But, darkness continues to get the best of them. Many are ready to give up on the Creator and just quit.
Covenant and the Light of Yahuah
I know, because such was I until I have come to realize this one very, very essential truth that is the Key to abiding in Yah’s light. Yahuah’s Word, which is our light, is always connected to His covenant.
His Word is not magic with one verse to be used as incantation for this situation and another verse as an incantation for another situation while we continue to live our lives according to the world’s standards. We set ourselves up for inconsistent results at best and at worst, disappointment and disillusionment with our Creator.
Yahuah is a covenant keeping Elohim. Our role is to come to Him through the door which is Yahusha Messiah. The only requirement for justification and remission of sin is repentance and acceptance by faith in the finished work of Yahusha. After this, we don’t carry on in sin as before. We seek to obey His commandments which are light to us and are for our benefit.
Yahuah does not fail to keep covenant with those who keep covenant with Him. He has provided a way for us to keep covenant with Him and to stay out of the territory of darkness. That provision is found in His Word. Not just the letter of His Word, but the spirit of His Word. This is how we walk in the light of life. And should we fall short on our end of covenant, He has provided the blood of Yahusha, the Messiah, which cleanses us of sin as we confess and repent.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9
We will begin our Bible study on light in the next post with Genesis 1:1. Scripture will show us that Yah is light and His law gives us light that we shine forth light in our daily lives. We will also see how light and darkness are contrasted throughout Scripture.
As you read these verses, I encourage you to read the surrounding verse(s) and chapters for context. I pray that these Bible studies will strengthen your resolve to live in Yah’s light.