He knew troubling times were ahead and that we needed to be lights in those times in order for others to survive and thrive. © 2020 Words of Life Ministries - an independent evangelical Registered Charitable Trust (no.269381) Cookie Policy | Privacy Policy Website by: TEKOA Creative, Study 1 SHINING AS LIGHTS IN A DARK WORLD, Study 10 SPREADING OUR TROUBLES BEFORE THE LORD, Study 11 DEFENDING THE FAITH IN DAYS OF DECLINE, Study 12 WHAT THE GOOD SHEPHERD SAYS ABOUT HIS SHEEP. Mark 12:30. A light, an illuminator, perhaps the sun; a star; brilliancy. What a dreadful spiritual and moral darkness engulfs this generation! And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment. Christians are as the lesser lights of heaven, dim in comparison with the Sun of Righteousness, perhaps shining by His reflected light, and seen only in the night of this life, till He shall rise on us again in the "day of Christ" spoken of in the next verse. Our lights are our purposes that God has established in our lives, part of His plan to bring believers to His kingdom and eternity in heaven. The demoniac had the opportunity to learn directly from Jesus but Jesus told him to go back to the Gadarene people and tell them what God had done in his life. Jesus did not just suggest we are the salt and light of the world; He imperatively told us that we are and as such, we have the responsibility to let our light shine for all those in the darkness to be enlightened. The whole passage seems certainly a reminiscence of Deuteronomy 32:5, as it runs in the Greek version, speaking of the Israelites as "no children of God, full of blemish, a crooked and perverse generation." But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. From dia and strepho; to distort, i.e. As we shine our lights, let us be thankful for the opportunities we have to be these beacons of hope for people and glorify God in heaven. Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. This verse was part of several words of wisdom Jesus offered to His disciples, where it is revealed later, in Matthew 7:28-29, that those listening “were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”. “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven,” is Matthew 5:16 from the New King James Version, which is the same phrasing that can be seen in the King James Version of the Bible. The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.