Yeshua (Jesus): The Light of the World

Subtitles:

God’s Redemption Plan in the Days of Creation

Light & Darkness; Good & Evil

Abstract: Throughout the Bible, God repeats that He has a redemption plan for Mankind. To prevent satan from learning too much too soon, certain details had to be kept hidden. Over time, more and more of these hidden details were revealed. Yet, there are still many more revelations to come.

When did *this Scarlet Thread really start?

In this blog, we have the following tagline near the top of every page:

Follow the scarlet thread from The Feasts of Israel to Jesus!

From this point and onward when we use the phrase “The Scarlet Thread”, we are referring to God’s overall redemption plan for us. We recently came across two interesting commentaries:

Adam & Eve: New insights into the oldest story in history
Jack Kelly proposes that Adam eating the forbidden fruit was a form of a sacrifice so that his wife (bride) could have a chance of redemption.
pp24–26 of Esau Rising
Bill Cloud writes some interesting details about light and darkness in Genesis 1:1–3.

After reading these commentaries, I began to think more deeply about the TFB tagline. So, where in the Bible (which precise verse) does the Scarlet Thread actually begin?

Well, let’s dig in!

Before the beginning

Time-wise, when did The Scarlet Thread start? Isaiah shows us when. Technically, in this case, the word “when” is probably a misnomer because He is a timeless God.

Isaiah 46:8–11 (ESV)

“Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country.

I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.

Essentially, before the Beginning, God set his redemption plan in motion.

Garments for Adam & Eve

Genesis 3:21 (ESV)
And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

This verse states an innocent animal had to die by shedding its life’s blood to cover their sin. Animals are considered to be “innocent” because it was Man that sinned, not them. Yet, they fell under Man’s curse. Animal sacrifice would evenually be formalized at Mt. Sinai. (See: God’s Covering in Genesis: Adam & Eve.)

Adam Eating the forbidden fruit

Genesis 3:6 (ESV)
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

If Adam had refused to eat the fruit, Eve would have been condemned to die with no hope of redemption. According to Jack Kelly, Adam loved Eve (his bride) so much that he condemned himself to die in faith that God will provide a way to redeem her AND himself. Was this Adam’s real motive for eating the forbidden fruit? There is no direct Bible verse stating so.

The only thing the Bible implies in the verse above was that Adam WAS physically present with Eve when she bit into the fruit. Some movies portray Eve running through the garden to find Adam.

Why Eve HAD to eat first

Here are a couple of alternate realities.

Scenario 1: Neither Adam or Eve ate the forbidden fruit.

Satan could have tempted the descendents of Adam & Eve to eat it. This would have resulted in two bloodlines: one cursed and one not cursed. In this senario, God would have had to keep cutting off (killing off) the cursed branches of humans as they sprouted which would had been a never ending problem. Also, the innocent (animals) and the whole world could not had been cursed if only a few humans were cursed.

In other words, the curse of mankind HAD to start at the root.

Scenario 2: “He took of its fruit and ate, and he also gave some to his wife who was with him, and she ate.”

In this scenario, Eve could possibly have had a legitimate excuse for disobeying God. She could tell God, "You gave me to Adam as his wife. Thus, I needed to obey my husband.”

So, Eve had to eat first so there would be absolutely NO loopholes to slip through.

Scenario 3: Adam refused the fruit Eve proffered him
In this scenario, God would had to destroy Eve and/or make Adam a new wife. This leads us to the topic of Lilith.

Did Lilith exist?

Myth: Genesis 1 & 2 describe two different women.

According to this myth, Lilith is in Genesis 1 and Eve is in & 2. In this story, Lilith resents Adam’s “authority” over her. So, she had an affair with the serpent (satan) thus producing children called “The Damned”. This is where the myth of vampires come from.

Isaiah 34:14 (NRSV)

Wildcats shall meet with hyenas,

goat-demons shall call to each other;

there too Lilith shall repose,

and find a place to rest.

NRSV poorly translates the Hebrew word liyliyṯ (לִילִיתlee-leeth’) [h3917]. Others say night creature or owl.

Isaiah 34:14 (NLT

Desert animals will mingle there with hyenas,

their howls filling the night.

Wild goats will bleat at one another among the ruins,

and night creatures will come the to rest.

Isaiah 34:14 (HCSB)

The desert creatures will meet hyenas,

and one wild goat will call to another.

Indeed, the screech owl will stay there

and will find a resting place for herself.

The woman in Genesis 1 & 2 is the same woman, Eve.

Gap Theory

Genesis 1:1–2 (ESV)

1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

[Gap in time]

2The earth was[hayah] without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

The argument here is about the meaning of the word “was” (הָיָהHayah) [h1961]. In this context, does hayah mean “to exist” or “became”.

Many folks believe that an unknown expanse of time occurred between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. Why? If God created the heavens and the earth, why was the earth to be without form and void? And, if the heavens and earth were without form and void in verse 2, what caused it to be that way?

Many speculate that Lucifer was initially given the new world. Due to Lucifer’s greed and his desire to be like God, Lucifer corrupted the world to such a degree that God had to destroy His initial creation. So, the rest of Genesis 1 was a recreation or God’s second attempt at creating a world.

We (us humans) tend to over complicate matters. Sometimes simplicity is the key. That is: Genesis 1:1 is a statement of God’s deed. The rest of Genesis 1 describes how God accomplished it.

Heavens and earth were spoken into existence

Many times when a Hebrew word ends in “ah”, the “ah” represents God’s breath. Example, God changed Abram’s name to Abraham and Sari’s name to Sarah. In this context, word hayah actually means “God spoke [with His own breath] into existance”. Even King David was aware of this fact.

Psalms 33:6,9 (NKJV)

6By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,

And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

9For He spoke, and it was done;

He commanded, and it stood fast.

Note: “host” refers to the birds, fish, and animals.

Now, reread Geneais 1:2 with this context in mind:

2aThe earth was spoken by God into existence without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.

Note: The second “was” is a filler word

Q: When we speak, what comes out of our mouths?

A: Words!

John 1:1 (ESV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

In the first chapter of the Book of John, John explains the Word became flesh. And, this Word is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Day One of Creation

We will propose that the Scarlet Thread started in Genesis 1:2.

Genesis 1:2 (ESV)
The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

So, why initially without form and void? It is a foreshadow of what mankind will become as soon as Adam bites into the forbidden fruit. That is dead and in darkness.

Darkness

Q: How does one know they are in darkness?

A: Go into a closed room without windows. Turn off all the lights in the room. Now, what is all around you? Darkness!

Q: How do you know darkness exists?

A: Duh! Because you just turned off the lights! But, imagine this. How would you know you are standing in a dark room if you had never seen light and no one has tried to explain the concepts of light and darkness?

There has to be light before you can see that darkness exists. When light was formed, darkness became a knowable concept (revealed). Thus darkness was created.

So, without light, we would not know about darkness. Thus, by bringing light into existance, God created the concept of darkness. (Read Isaiah 45:7.)

Light

Genesis 1:3 (ESV)
And God said, “Let there be light[ohr],” and there was light.

Let’s dig deeper into certain words starting with light (אוֹרohr) [h216]. By Jewish tradition, ohr means “Light of the World”. Sounds familiar? It should. More about this later.

In Genesis 1:14, we have a different light.

Genesis 1:14 (ESV)
And God said, “Let there be lights[ma’ohr] in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,

Here, light (מָאֹרma’ohr) [h3974] refers to the luminaries like the Sun, Moon, other planets, and the stars. Why make another form of of light? As we will discover soon, ohr is an omni-directional light while ma’ohr is directional. ma’ohr casts shadows. Ohr can do away with all shadow/darkness. ma’ohr cannot.

Isaiah 45:7 (KJV)

I form[yatsar] the light[ohr], and create[bara] darkness:

I make peace, and create evil[ra’ah]:

I the LORD do all these things.

Huh? God creates evil? Before we go further let’s address the subject of good and evil.

Good & Evil

As stated before, English is actually a poor choice in which to do a detailed study of the Bible. Yes, it does great for conveying the message of the Gospel. But, to do a deep study, one needs to go back to the actual Hebrew and Greek. A good Strong’s concordance and a pair of Hebrew & Greek Bible dictionaries are wonderful for us who do not know these languages.

The English word “love” is the most used word to demonstrate this idea. Greek has five words for love that mostly get translated to the one English word “love”. The words “good” and “evil” are similar. Let’s start with the word good.

Definitions

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Does it seem irreverent that we say “God is good” and “Mmmm, this donut is good”? As it turns out, we are using two different meanings of the word “good”.

Two meanings of “good” donuts

As a rack of fresh donuts is pulled from the oven, the baker exclaims, “Those donuts look good!” However, the consumer states, “Hmm, that donut tastes good!” What is the difference?

The baker meant the donuts were well made. The consumer meant the donut was pleasing to the senses.

Genesis 1:4
And God saw the light, that it was good[h2896]
Genesis 2:17
but of the tree of the knowledge of good[h2896] and evil[h7451]
Isaiah 45:7 (KJV)
…I make peace, and create evil[h7451]:…
Genesis 6:5 (KJV)
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil[h7451] continually.
h2896 (good)

h2896a: טוֹבtov
(Of good purpose and perfect timing)

h2896b: טוֹבָהtovah
(happy, happiness)

h7451 (evil)

h7451a: רַעra`
(Of bad purpose)

h7451b: רָעָהra`ah
(Distress, misery, calamity)

Now, let’s put these specific words into a few key verses.

Genesis 1:4 (NASB)
God saw that the light was good[tov]

The light well formed, of good purpose, and perfect timing.

Genesis 2:17 (NASB)
but of the tree of the knowledge of good[tovah] and [ra’ah]

but, of the tree of knowledge of “goodness, happiness” and “distress, misery, calamity”

Isaiah 45:7
…Causing well-being and creating calamity[ra’ah]:…

God blesses those who obey Him. But, those who turned against God are cursed with calamity.

Genesis 6:5
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only [ra’] continually.

Their hearts were wicked.

Conclusion: God created calamity via curses. He did NOT create wickedness.

Blessings & Curses

Let’s go one step further. Blessings bring about feelings of goodness, happiness, and well-being. While curses bring about feelings of distress, misery, and calamity.

Example: In the first fourteen verses of Deuteronomy 28, God promised blessings for Israel’s obedience. But, in the rest of the chapter, God also promised curses upon them for disobedience.

Another example using a now familiar verse:

Isaiah 45:7
…Causing well-being [from blessings] and creating calamity [from curses]:…

Growing up, it was always implied the prohibited tree was the tree of knowledge of righteousness and wickedness. Instead, it is, essentially, the tree of blessings and curses. As long as Adam refrained from eating its fruit (obedience), he would be blessed. But, as soon as he ate the fruit (disobedience), he was cursed.

In other words, it was the act of disobedience that taught them right from wrong. Their consciences already had that knowledge. It was because of their disobedience that they became aware of their nakedness.

Formed vs created

Isaiah 45:7 (KJV)
I form[yatsar] the light, and create[bara] darkness,

The word for form is yatsar (יָצַרyāṣar) [h3335] which means to form, to fashion, to shape, and to devise. It essentially means to change something. The word for create is bara (בָּרָאbārā’) [h1254] which is a verb meaning to create. Only God is the subject of this verb.

It order to form[yatsar], something has to already exist. When God creates[bara] something, it is usually brought into existance from nothing.

Nugget: When we say that we created something, we actually mean yatsar, not bara. Only God can truly create[bara].

What was the light formed from?

John 1:1–5 (ESV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John tells us where the light[ohr] came from. That IS the Word. Further on, John tells us the Word became flesh. By this, John means Jesus Christ (Yeshua), the Messiah.

Light brings life

Ready to FINALLY find the answer of an age old question?

Q: What is the meaning life?

A: To have purpose!

Light brings life. And, through life, we have a purpose. So, it can be said: Light brings life or a Spiritual purpose to those who were once in darkness. Now, let’s back this up with Scripture.

John 8:12 (ESV)
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world[ohr]. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness[death, useless], but will have the light of life[purpose].”

Those who are dead in Spirit have a use in God’s overall plan while we, the Body of Christ, have a purpose in His plan.

Purpose to Do Good Works

So, what is the “purpose” the Light[ohr] has given us?

Matthew 5:14–16 (ESV)

“You are the light of the world.

A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  

In the same way, let your light shine before others,

so that they may see your good works and

give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Here, Jesus calls US the “light of the world”, not because we have our own light. But, instead, His light shines through us!

Purpose vs Use

Q: What is the difference between having a “purpose” and a “use”?

Purpose: To perform a task or tasks FOR which it was designed to do.

Use: To perform a task or tasks OTHER THAN which it was designed to do.

Q: What is the difference between a “goal” and a “destiny”?

Goal: The fulfillment of a desire.

Destiny: The fulfillment of a purpose.

Example: The purpose of a hammer is to drive nails into wood. A use of a hammer is to break things like glass.

How many times have we asked God to use us? A lot! God can use an unbeliever who has a dead spirit. Even satan can use us as well as unbelivers. Because, satan represents death, he can NOT give anyone a purpose. Remember, satan, in the form of a serpent, used Eve to cause Adam to sin. In a spiritual sense, purpose requires life. And, true life only comes through Christ.

John 14:6 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Yes, it is good to ask God to use us in all things.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Since we are alive through Christ, we need to strive to go further than just being used by God. We must pray for God’s guidance and grace to fulfill the purpose, the destiny, He designed for each and everyone of us.

Romans 8:28–30 (NIV)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined[designed us] to be conformed to the likeness of his Son[Genesis 1:26], that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestineds [gave a purpose], he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Review: Days of Creation

First Day (Genesis 1:3–5):
Light — so there was light and darkness
Second Day (Genesis 1:6–8):
Heaven and Earth – waters separated
Third Day (Genesis 1:9–13):
Land and seas – water gathered
Vegetation
Fourth Day (Genesis 1:14–19):
Sun, Moon, and stars — to govern the day and the night to mark seasons, days, and years
Fifth Day (Genesis 1:20–23):
Water and air creatures
Sixth Day (Genesis 1:24–31):
Land creatures
Man — Adam & Eve

Final nuggets

Third Day:

Genesis 1:11 (ESV)
And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.

Q: What was formed from dirt?

A: Man!

Genesis 2:7 (ESV)
then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Romans 7:4 (ESV)
Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.

As the land was commanded to produce good fruit, so are we.

Q: Why vegetation before the luminaries?

A: To show the initial fruit produce by the land[dirt] was grown under the formed “Light of the World” and not by the light of the created luminaries. Likewise, our fruit is produced by the formed “Light of the World” that dwells in us.

Plus, Astrology does not give us purpose (4th day). Animals and animal spirits do not give us purpose (5th & 6th day). We cannot give ourselves purpose (6th day). All of these were created AFTER God gave the land purpose[life] and caused it to produce vegetation/fruit/seed by the Light of the World[ohr].

Remember, Man was created from dirt. The dirt came from the land. So, like the land produced good fruit, we are supposed to produce good fruit.

Finally, in the end, the New Beginning, a new perfect world will be brought forth as it was meant to be in the Beginning.

Revelation 21:23 (ESV)
And the city has no need of sun or moon[ma’ohr] to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light[ohr], and its lamp is the Lamb.

Until next time,

שָׁלוֹם (Shalom!)