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Gen 1:3  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Hebrews 8:5  They (the Levitcal priesthood) serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.”

Hebrews 10:1  For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.

Colossians 2:16, 17  Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.   These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

Galatians 3:19  Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made

John 8:12  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

2 Corinthians 4:6  For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

I saw this as a picture, so I don’t know if I can explain it clearly.

In the beginning, the very first thing God gave us was light.  The Word says he separated the light from dark, which created a day – the beginning of time as we know it.  God and man had nothing between them.  He spoke to them and taught them.   Man was not afraid of God, and was naked before Him without shame, the essence of purity and innocence – a perfect creation.  The Word even says, a Son of God.  (in the NT geneology of Jesus).

Having no knowledge of spiritual darkness, man was deceived to reject the light of God and the world was plunged into darkness.  Sin came between God and man.  Man ran and hid and was ashamed of his nakedness.  He was exiled from his home, and the way to the Tree of Life was blocked.

But God came near.  As He came close to Adam he offered him hope.  The light of God still shining, His Presence could not be completely obscured by the darkness.  His light was broader than the obstacle of sin, and sin cast a shadow on the earth, in the form of a sacrifice.  God gave His first promise, the first shadow of what was to come.  Sin could not overcome the light or distort the truth of the light.  When the light shone on it, even the very shadow pointed to a future light to come.

In Noah, Abraham, and Moses, He drew near again, a little closer each time.  The closer He came, the clearer and larger the shadow became around the wall of sin, and His plan became more visible.  He came so close to Moses that his face glowed with the glory of God.  The shadow cast on the earth from Sinai was magnificent.  He commanded His people to live in this shadow of His love where they would be preserved and prosperous.  But once again, man chose darkness even over the shadow.

At the appointed time, God moved His hand into our space and time, and came to be with us, the true Light came into the world.  No more shadow.  No more sin.  No more shame.  Those who were in darkness far off who never even knew of the shadow were called into His Light.  Man is still choosing the darkness, and some prefer the shadow.  If you are walking in the Light of Christ, you have no need for a shadow (or lesser light).  We are restored, redeemed, and children of the Light.  Praise God for His undying love toward us, who have all at one time or other, chosen the darkness over His light.

John 3:17 – 21  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

1Peter 2:9  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

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