I diverted to share the exciting message that Adam was created to rule as a King and Priest and that although he lost his position by coming into darkness by agreeing with the devil to fight against God, Christ came as the second Adam to restore us back to the kingdom. This should be good news for people of all nations since rulership and the priesthood was God’s original intent when He created Adam. Let’s try to quickly track the events of creation. First of all, God, whose origin we are yet to find out (don’t bother to try!) saw that the earth was covered with water, formless (tohuw) and void (bohuw).

While I am not a scholar, Strong’s Hebrew translation says that both words respectively mean formless (a wilderness) and empty, void and waste. This repitition emphasizes the state in which the earth existed and explains why God was in a hurry to bring beauty out of this wasteland.

The earth was also covered by darkness. How did it become like that? I don’t know. This was day one – He made a general inspection. Based on His assessment, the Spirit of God hovered (moved – rachaph) upon the face of the waters and the creative processes began with the speaking of the words, “let there be light”. Light was created first because 1 Jo 1:5 says “…that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all”. James 1: 17 says that God is the “…Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

This light is the glory of God into which we gaze and into which we are transformed according to 2 Cor 3: 18. This transformation is a beautification project that really requires no exorbitabt external make up, because God is looking for the ornament of “the hidden man of the heart” which is the inner light of a meek and quiet spirit (1 Pet 3: 4). While this scripture speaks about women, its principles can be applied to all believers since it speaks to God’s criteria for those who will ascend into His holy hill (Ps 24: 3-6).

The Psalmist spoke of this transformation project in Ps 42:11, 43:5 when he described God as the “health of my countenance”. This is why Moses’ face shone so brightly that the people of Israel could not bear to look on it. This is the face of the worshipper since the principle is that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh (Lk 6: 45). The Psalmist also spoke in Ps 149: 4 of the beautification of the meek (those who fear God and will not do their own thing as we say in the Caribbean).

If we abide in the word of God, light will shine through and upon us according to Psalm 119:105 which says that “thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”. When we dwell in the presence of God, we dwell in light because God is His word (Jn 1:1). When we “see” the word we are seeing and becoming the essence and nature of God. When we see Christ (in spiritual revelation), we are seeing and becoming the essence and nature of the word, who was the light that shineth in darkness (Jn 1: 5,-9).

We were created in this image of light (He lighteth every man that cometh into the world – Jn 1: 9 meaning He was the Father of Lights. We are called be the image and likeness of that light, according to Jesus in Mat 5:16 when He said that we are to let our “light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”. This verse implies something about light – it is comes through the features, it is manifested as good works and its revelation brings glory to God.

What is the context in which Jesus spoke these words? The light is the revelation of the nature of God through the evidence of His presence in poverty of spirit (humility), intercession (mourning), spiritual hunger (spiritual revelation will be the outcome), mercy, purity of spirit (in the hidden man), peacemakers and those who foolish enough to be persecuted for the gospel. Blessings and more to come