Today I am sharing the word of God, and as I promised, I would try to bring Biblical insights every month with God’s favor. Therefore, I pray in the name of Jesus that everyone reading this blog may be encouraged and continue to trust God’s word because the word of God is so powerful that it can change anyone’s life.
I invite you to go to Genesis 1:3.
Genesis 1:3 “Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.”
The name of God used in Genesis 1 is Elohim, so Genesis 1:3 reads, “Then Elohim said, “Let there be light!” So, there was light.”
The word Elohim is plural, and the root word is eloah (el-o’-ah). It means gods in the ordinary, but it is specifically used in the plural sense, referring to the supreme God. It does not mean that God is of many gods, but it refers to God as the supreme God. The supreme God is known as the Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit which are three in one yet each has their own distinct characteristics. Yet, the name of God, Elohim, does not show a title but a God that demonstrate His divine nature. As we get to know Elohim, God reveals to us His divine attributes. There are many names of God, and each name gives us a glimpse of who God is.
A great example when looking at the history of Israel, God over and over showed up to give a defense to His people such as;
- The name of God, Jehovah-Jireh, which means God will provide, appeared to Abraham, and a ram was provided for a sacrifice to God instead of sacrificing his son Isaac. This story is found in Genesis 22:14.
- Another example is the name of God, Jehovah-Nissi, which means the Lord is my banner showed up to Moses when he built an altar to God to celebrate the defeat of the Amalekites at Rephidim. This story is found in Exodus 17:13-16.
There are so many divine attributes and characteristics of God that come from Elohim that we can see biblical characters experiencing not only great victories but great revelations from the names of God.
Elohim speaks, and the first words that come out of His mouth are, Let there be light! Through these words, God is demonstrating His creative power just by uttering these words. Thus, God is revealing His authority over all and His sovereignty. Furthermore, the manner that God revealed Himself by uttering these words Let there be light is consistent with how God reveals Himself with other characters portrayed in the Bible, obliquely giving unique insights into the nature of divine revelation.
There are different opinions between scholars about the source of this light. Some scholars say the light came from the sun even though the sun appeared on the fourth day. But I tend to favor those scholars who agree that if the sun was created on the fourth day, then this light is not from the sun. The Hebrew word for light is ‘ôr (אוֹר) which comes from the word illumination, which is a light emanating from God, not from the planets such as the sun, the moon, or the stars which were created on the fourth day. So when God said, Let there be light, the source of this light came from God Himself, not from the planets.
This same light emanated from Jesus. The prophet Isaiah prophesied concerning Jesus and His light. Isaiah 9:2 says, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.” Jesus spoke and said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life” (John 8:12). The apostle John foresaw the new heaven and the new earth. Even more, John saw the new city of Jerusalem, and the revelation he received is that “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light” (Revelation 21:23).
The same light that appeared from Elohim in the beginning, the same is light is seen in the new city, and it confirms that the light comes from God, not from the planets.
Humans need light to see and to survive. A great example is how the sun provides light for humans not only to see, but the sun also provides energy and warmth even to animals and plants. The same is with our spiritual beings, we need the light of God to have life, including eternal life, but if the source of your light is coming from the wrong source, then there is spiritual death or eternal death awaiting. So the reality is that life needs light, and we see this in our physical realm, the same as in the spiritual realm.
Today, this light of Elohim is available to all who want to know God, who is willing to reveal Himself even through His divine attributes. And we can see that by the names of God, how His authority and sovereignty have the power to disperse darkness because the darkness has no power over the light. It confirms the words of Jesus, who, like the Father, emanated the same light saying, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” The same light is given to those who want to know God through Jesus. Therefore, I encourage Christians all over the world to shine in the name of Jesus.
I pray for those confused or unsure about life or decisions making, and I declare let there be light in your life that you may see the way and the truth of God in your situation. Let there be light in the name of Jesus!
Until next time, may God bless you more!