Job 38: 19 – 20 (NIV)
19 “What is the way to the abode of light?
And where does darkness reside?
20 Can you take them to their places?
Do you know the paths to their dwellings?
Light and darkness! Two themes that are used frequently in the Bible. I have written eight posts in this series on light (I will link them below.) but none on the two of them. As I write this the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays will start in just a few days. Our community has a “Festival of Lights” that they will begin soon. Many religions have a time when they celebrate LIGHT. As Christians, we know that the light is Jesus. The Apostle John starts his Gospel and 1 John with that thought – Jesus is the Light. John also warns about walking/fellowshipping with darkness.
In the passage, God is questioning Job and verses 19 and 20 contain questions 12 – 15 (Yes, I numbered God’s questions, by my count, there are 68 of them in the NIV.). The imagery is awesome! God has a place/room where He keeps true light and true dark. Now, we could conclude that the question is about day and night, but what if there is a room where “real” light and dark are stored. Our day and night are just part of the “Shadowland” version of light and dark. (Shadowland is a C. S. Lewis concept.) Okay back to my thought.
I will not presume to answer God’s question but our night is earth’s shadow. Earth is the cause of our night.
- Father, thank you for the times we have to rest. May we not live in the shadow of earthly things but always walk in the LIGHT.
Other post about light:
Light #2 https://ificouldteachthebible.com/2013/02/13/the-bible-and-science-light-2/
Lightning #2 https://ificouldteachthebible.com/2013/12/31/lightning-2-the-bible-and-science/
Lightning Then Thunderhttps://ificouldteachthebible.com/2014/01/22/lightning-then-thunder-the-bible-and-science/
Following the Lighthttps://ificouldteachthebible.com/2018/03/10/following-the-light/