Part 2: The bible uses the terms darkness and light in two main ways: the physical darkness and light; what we actually see and feel. And then spiritual darkness and light; are we living in the light of the spirit or in the darkness of flesh?
Here are a few examples of physical darkness and light in the Bible:
Genesis 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day
Exodus 10:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. That’s a darkness that can be felt. That sounds a little scary right? But doesn’t it feel good on a cool day, when the sun is shining and you can feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. That’s a pleasant, comfortable, and peaceful feeling.
Ecclesiastes 11:7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:
And in the New Testament, we see when Jesus was up upon the cross in Luke 23:44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. 46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
How pleasant is it to be in physical darkness? It might be fun in a controlled environment. My kids beg me all of the time especially in the Winter months when it’s really dark to play hide and seek in the dark in our home; to turn off all of the lights upstairs, and to remove the night lights from their rooms. They love it. We have to put the dog downstairs with Mom so our dog doesn’t sniff out and give away our hiding spots. And of course it’s fun for me to scare them when they finally find me or get near my hiding spot. However, as much as they love playing hide and seek in the dark; what do you suppose my kids insist they have particularly if they are the one doing the seeking? A flashlight right? Even a little light can make us feel safe in a dark environment.
Now let’s explore true darkness – spiritual darkness. While it may be uncomfortable and even scary to be in the dark, physical darkness, being in spiritual darkness ought be the most terrifying of all. You’re in spiritual darkness if you haven’t asked Jesus Christ into your heart to save you, to be born again; become children of the light.
Let’s take a look at what the bible says about Spiritual Darkness.
Jeremiah 13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.
Psalms 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. This verse isn’t saying that it is always dark outside for the wicked, this is referring to their spiritual darkness.
Matthew 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Did we catch that command? Jesus said, “he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness.”
Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
In part 3, the final part of this post, I’ll explore the roots of Halloween and then use the Bible to answer the question on whether or not we should participate in Halloween.
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