the world. The light that rejoices the eyes of all mankind is the light that is shed on them from Christ. The visible is to teach us of the invisible. From the natural we are to learn of the spiritual. The physical light that shines in the world is designed to teach us that God is light, and that spiritual light from Him shines as freely for all, and is none the less real. ‘Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness’ (Ps. 112:4), so that He may say, ‘Rejoice not against Me, O Mine enemy: when I shall fall, I shall arise: when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto Me.’ Micah 7:8.
Christ is the light of the world. So we read that when He went into Galilee the words of the prophet concerning the region were fulfilled: ‘The land of Zebulun, and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; the people which sat in darkness saw a great light, and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death, to them did light spring up.’ Matt. 4: 15, 16, R.V. Sin is darkness. It comes from the prince of darkness, and it brings darkness. The Word of the Lord is light; but that was virtually hidden from the people when the Lord came to earth. Men wise in their own conceit [Prov. 26:5, 12] had taken upon themselves the ‘interpretation’ of the law of God, and, as a consequence, had covered it up. They had taken away the key of knowledge. Even thus it was in the Middle Ages, which are generally known as the Dark Ages, for then the Bible was a proscribed [forbidden] book. It was imprisoned in the dark cell, and its rays did not enlighten the people. Men groped for light, and did not know which way to go. The knowledge of God well-nigh departed from the land; for even the priests whose lips should keep knowledge, were ignorant of the Living Oracles. Satan had caused false ideas of God and the right to prevail. Read more