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You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
(Matthew 5:14-16)
Beth Moore’s question seemed as straightforward as its answer: “What were God’s first recorded words” per Genesis 1:1-3?
It also seemed a curious question to pose amid a study of Old Testament Israel’s tabernacle and its contents, one item of which was its sole source of light – the seven-pronged lampstand. God had instructed early on that this item be hammered out of pure gold and burn continuously, fueled by oil obtained from pressed olives (see Exodus 25:31-40).
But it was her brief concluding paragraph that hinged on the answer, “Let there be light,” that struck me so deeply. Arguably, we can compare the purposeful life of the believer to the role filled by this lampstand. Since His death and resurrection, Jesus Christ now serves as a personal Tabernacle to all of us – He is now the Meeting Place through Whom we gain access to God the Father. And because Christ stands as this Tabernacle, we – you and I – cast a reflection of His own light fueled by His Holy Spirit into the world around us.
Moore wraps her application of God’s first recorded words into a package more beautifully than I ever could, but oh how the contents of that package reveal – without hesitation – exactly the spiritual head, heart and hands that I long to use as I attempt to reflect the Light of Christ as well as the words I long to hear Him say. Listen to her beautiful word-picture:
“Hear [God] whisper those same words to you each morning when you open your eyes: ‘Today, My precious child, let there be light.’ … And at the end of the day, when He tucks you tenderly into your bed, may He delight to say, ‘There was light.'”[1]
[1] Moore, Beth. A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place workbook, 104.