A Dark Dark World

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.’ ~ Genesis 1:1-2

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The creation story never baffled me up until when I read these words closely. I always viewed the creation story in a simplistic manner, rushing through details that seemed like remedial Sunday School classes. As if I decoded hidden meanings in an old manuscript, I was recently made to see other discoveries in the living written Word.

When I read the Chapter, an unusual discovery arose in my Spirit and I viewed the creation story with such complexity as I had never before. Somehow, I always perceived that God created day and night, but now it was as if I had been given new pair of ‘spiritual lenses’ that made the words form clearly.

I saw that darkness already existed. The earth was in a perpetual night. Darkness was the earth’s pre-existing condition, so much that God’s first recorded words were ‘Let there be light’ (v3). God did not create day and night, because night already existed. He simply commanded light and ‘divided the light from the darkness and called the light Day and the darkness Night’ (v4-5).

Now with light having appeared on earth, a greater darkness lurked that was yet to be revealed. A cloak of darkness was to wrap itself around the world in a disastrous fashion. The darkness soon unveiled when man fell and his eyes were open to the darkness that engulfed him. Man, who was hidden in the Light of God, sinned causing the darkness of the earth to be laid bare.

Disobedience, sin, murder, slavery, unbelief, idol worship, rape, war, homosexuality, adultery, disease, death and other conditions and deeds of darkness unravel throughout a bloody and tumultuous Old Testament. This narrative still throbs around us. In our times, these issues are at times packaged in a neat fashion and dangled up our faces, whichever way we turn to. Others have tried to seek remedies in many ways, only to realise that it is a dark, dark world.

Light Has Come!

Even in the darkness, a ray of light was lurking, that would permeate the entire world. A light that would not only separate the Day and Night, but separate the Old Testament and the New Testament, separate two worlds, separate history, and eventually separate eternity.

The light appeared in subtle rays and not in a bright blinding flashing light, causing some to overlook. ‘And the light shines in darkness, and the darkness has not understood it.’ John 1:5 Its presence seems to leave some unmoved so much that, ‘light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.’ John 3:19. A light shining in darkness? What is this light?

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Here is when we the world is silent, and the Light speaks. God again speaks. This time, He does not command, ‘Let there be light’, but brings the Light Himself to our dark world. ‘God is light, in Him there is no darkness at all.’ 1 John 1:5. Because light and darkness cannot dwell together, a dividing line appears and is determined by how one perceives the Light, Jesus Christ, who declares, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me, will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ John 8:12.

So why is it that the Light has come yet the world still remains dark, encompassed with all sorts of vices? The Light however did not come to light the world but those in it, as it is written, ‘the true Light, which lighted every man that cometh into the world.’ John 1:9. Jesus Christ said, ‘As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ John 9:5. Since He remained in the world for only 33 years, He deposits His light to those who choose to follow Him and even declares, ‘Ye are the light of the world…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.

It is as if God revisits creation and makes the light not an external phenomenal, but an internal and eternal one, breathing not only His Spirit in us, but radiating His light in us around a dark dark world. A new Adam is formed not by dust, but through confession in Christ Jesus. Emulating our Father in proclaiming light, we invite the Light, Jesus, into our hearts for eternity. Now that’s the ultimate, most wonderful creation story.

11 thoughts on “A Dark Dark World

  1. Interesting thoughts. We learn and we grow.
    My understanding is different. God is talking of let there be light when there was nothing else but Him. There was no earth.

    But yes the world of duality has to have darkness and light. If there was no darkness we won’t be able to see anything.
    God is pure light, pure bliss, pure love and is beyond duality.

    • Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts 🙂

      True, before the earth was, God was, but according to Scripture, the declaration of ‘let there be light’ was after the earth was created.

      Yes, duality exists in the world, but ultimately God will rid darkness completely, don’t you think? And yes indeed, God is pure light, pure bliss, pure love and is beyond duality- couldn’t have put it any better.

  2. You know what happens when all of a sudden we have a great perception: we say wow and we want to share it with the whole world. But the world doesn’t see it as we do 😌

    I am so glad that you have had this enlightening experience.

    Last lines of your post validates what I had written and you had questioned in Tug of War: Emulating our Father in proclaiming light, we invite the Light, Jesus, into our hearts for eternity. Now that’s the ultimate, most wonderful creation story.

    We invite : that is our action and our deeds. And earlier in the post you have mentioned our dark ways ; these are the ones which keep pulling us away from the Light or Love.

    But we can’t judge. Darkness is also His creation.

    It might be a good idea if you start to meditate a little my friend.

    • Hahaa yes, we always want to share our great perception. and it’s true, sometimes the world doesn’t see it as we do- which is also fine.

      Mhh.. wow, I hadn’t seen that. Yes, that could be the only action we do- inviting Him. ‘…earlier in the post you have mentioned our dark ways ; these are the ones which keep pulling us away from the Light or Love.’ True, thank you Sir for connecting the dots I hadn’t seen.

      I do meditate, but not how many seem to think as meditation 🙂

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