Connect The Testaments


February 22: The Light of the World

Leviticus 12:1–13:59; John 8:12–30; Song of Solomon 6:11–13

“I am the light of the world! The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). While some of Jesus’ “I am” statements confused the Jews, the “following the light” imagery would have been familiar. God had led the Israelites out of Egypt and through the wilderness with a pillar of fire so they could walk at night (Exod 13:21). They couldn’t deflect or misunderstand this claim.

Jesus used this imagery to show the Jews that He offers clarity and meaning in a dark world. He offers life, grace, and spiritual awakening to those who are lost in the darkness. But the Pharisees couldn’t comprehend the light; they misinterpreted Jesus’ claims and fumbled around in the darkness and the details (John 8:19, 22, 25, 27).

When we’ve elevated ourselves in the darkness, it’s hard to humble ourselves in the light. 

Even when we have inklings that tell us there is a better way, we don’t want to sacrifice our own pride. We prefer to be contrary and comfortable—to dwell on the details and exert our own opinions. But if we never call out the darkness, we’ll never experience the flooding of light.

Are you calling out the darkness in and around you?

REBECCA VAN NOORD

EZC.

  • And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say, When a woman hath  brought forth seed, and borne a manchild, she shall be unclean seven days, like as she is unclean when she is put apart for her diseas. (And in the eight day of the foreskin of the children’s flesh shall be circumcised.) And she shall continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days: she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the Sanctuary, until the time of her purifying be out. But if she bear a maid-child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as when she hath her disease: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days. Now when the days of her purfying are out (whether it be for a son or for a daughter) she shall bring to the Priest a lamb of one year old for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove for a sin offering, unto the door of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, Who shall offer it before the Lord, and make an atonement for her: so she shall be purged of the issue of her blood: this is the law her that hath borne a male or female. But if she be not able to bring a lamb, she shall bring two turtles, or two pigeons: the one for a burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering; and the Priest shall make an atonement for her: so she shall be clean. Moreover the Lord spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying, The man that shall have in the skin of his flesh a sweeling or a scab, or a white spot, so that in the skin of his flesh it be like a plague of leprosy, then he shall be brought unto Aaron the Priest, or unto one of his sons the Priests, And the Priest shall look on the sore in the skin of his flesh: if the hair in the sore be turned into white, and the sore seen to be lower than the skin of his flesh, it is a plague of leprosy: therefore the Priest shall look on him, and pronounce him unclean. but if the white spot be in the skin of his blesh, and seem not to be lower than the skin, nor the hair thereof be turned unto white, then the Priest shall shut up him that hath the plague, seven days. After the Priest shall look upon him the seventh day: and if the plague seem to him to abide still, and the plague grow not in the skin, the Priest shall shut him up yet seven days more. Then the Priest shall look on him again the seventh day, and if the plague be dark, and the sore grow not in the skin, then the Priest shall pronounce him clean, for it is a scab: therefore he shall wash his clothes, and be clean. But if the scabe grow more in the skin, after that he is seen of the Priest for to be purged, he shall be seen of the Priest yet again. Then the Priest shall consider, and if the scab grow in the skin, then the Priest shal pronounce him unclean: for it is leprosy. When the plague of leprosy is in a man, he shall be brought unto the Priest, And the Priest shall see him: and if the swelling be white in the skin, and have made the hair white, and there be raw flesh in the swelling. It is an old leprosy in the skin of his flesh: and the Priest shall pronounce him unclean, and shall not shut him up, for he is unclean. Also if the leprosy break out in the skin, and the leprosy cover all the skin of the plague, from his head even to his feet, whresoever the Priest looketh. Then the Priest shall consider: and if the leprosy cover all his flesh, he shall pronounce the plague to be clean, because it is all turned into whiteness: so he shall be clean. But if there be raw flesh on him when he is seen, he shall be clean. For the Priest shall see the raw flesh, and declare him to be unclean: for the raw flesh is unclean, therefore it is leprosy. Or if the raw flesh change and be turned into white, then he shall come to the Priest, And the shall behold him: and if the sore be changed into white, then the Priest shal pronounce the plague clean, for it is clean. The flesh also in whose skin there is a boil, and is heaed And in the place of the boil there be a white swelling, or a white spot somewhat reddish, it shall be seen of the Priest. And when the Priest seeth it, if it appears lower than the skin, and the hair thereof be changed into white, the Priest then shall pronounce him unclean: for it is a plague of leprosy, broken out in the boil. But if the Priest look on it, and there be no white hairs therein, and if it be not lower than the skin, but be darker, then the Priest shall shut him up seven days. And if it spread abroad in the flesh, the Priest shall pronounce him unclean, for it is a sore. But if the spot continue in his place, and grow not, it is a burning boil: therefore the Priest shall declare him to be clean. If there be any flesh, in whose skin there is an hot burning, and th quick flesh of the burning have a white spot, somewhat reddish or pale, Then the Priest shall look upon it: and if the hair in that spot be changed into white, and it appear lower than the skin, it is a leprosy broken out in the burning: therefore the Priest shall pronounce him unclean: for it is the plague of leprosy. But if the Priest look on it, and there be no white hair in the spot, and be no lower than the other skin, but be darker, then the Priest shall shut him up seven days. After, the Priest shall look on him the seventh day: if it be grown abroad in the skin, then the Priest shall pronounce him unclean: for it is the plague of leprosy. And if the spot abide in his place, not growing in the skin, but is dark, it is a rising of the burning: the Priest shall therefore declare him clean: for it is the drying up of the burning. If also a man or a woman hath a sore on the head or in the beard, Then the Priest shall see the sore: and if it appears lower than the skin, and there be in it a small yellow hair, then the Priest shall pronounce him unclean: for it is a black spot, and leprosy of the head or of the beard. And if the Priest look on the sore of the black spot, and if it seem not lower than the skin nor have any black hair in it, then the Pirest shal shut up him that hath the sore of the black spot, seven days. After, in the seventh day the Priest shall look on the sore: and if the black spot grow not, and there be in it no yellow hair, and the black spot seem not lower than the skin, Then he shall be shaven, but the place of the black spot shall he not shave: but the Priest shall shut up him that hath black spot, seven days more. And the seventh day the Priest shall look on the black spot: and if the black spot grow not in the skin, nor seem lower than the other skin, then the Priest shall cleanse him, and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean. But if the black spot grow abroad in the flesh after his cleansing, Then the Priest shall look on it, and if the black spot grow in the skin, the Priest shall not seek for the yellow hair: for it is unclean. But if the black spot seem to him to abide, and that black hair grow threin, the black spoti s healed, he is clean, and the Priest shall declare him to be clean. Furthermore if there be an white spots in the skin of the flesh of man or woman, Then the Priest shall consider: and if the spots in the skin of their flesh be somewhat dark and white withal, it is but a white spot broken out in the skin: therefore he is clean. And the man whose hair is fallen off his head, and is bald, is clean. And if his head lose the hair on the forepart, and be bald before, he is clean  And if his head lose the hair on the forepart, and be bale before, he is clean. But if there be in the bald head, or in the bald forehead, a white reddish sore, it is a leprosy springing in his bald head, or in his bald forehead. Therefore the Priest shall look upon it, and if the rising of the sore be white reddish in his bald head, or in his bald forehead. Therefore the Priest shall look upon it, and if the rising of hte sore be white reddish in his bald head, or in his bald forehead, appearing like leprosy in the skin of his flesh, He is a leper and unclean: therefore the Priest shall pronounce him altogether unclean: for the sore is in the head. The leper also in whom the plague is, shall have his clothes rent, and his head bare, and shall put a covering upon his lips, and shall cry, I am unclean, I am unclean. As long as the diseas shall be upon him, he shall be polluted, for he is unclean: he shall dwell alone, without the camp shall his habitation be. Also the garment that the plague of leprosy is in, whether it be a woolen garment or a linen garment, Whether it be in the warp or in the woof of linen or of woolen, either in a skin, or in anything made of skin, And if the sore be green or somewhat redish in the garment or in the skin, or in the warp or in the woof, or in anything tha tis made of skin, it is a plague of leprosy, and shall be showed unto the Priest. Then the Priest shall see the plague, and shut up it that hath the plague, seven days, And shall look on the plague the seventh day: if the plague grow in the garment or in the warp, or in the woof, or in the skin, or in anything that is made of skin, that plague is a fretting leprosy and unclean. And he shall burn the garment, or the warp, or the woof, whether it be woolen or linen, or anything that is made of skin, wherein the plague is: for it is a fretting leprosy, therefore it shall be burnt in the fire. If the Priest yet see that hte plague grow not in the garment, or in the woof, or in whatsoever thing of skin it be, Then the Priest shall command them to wash the thing wherein the plague is, and he shall shut it up seven days more. Again the Priest shall loo onthe plague, after it is washed: and if the plague have not changed his color, though the plague spread no further, it is unclean: thou shalt burn it in the fire, for it is a fret inward, whether the spot be in the bare place of the whole, or in part thereof. And if the Priest see tha tthe plague be arker, after that it is washed, he shall cut it out of the garment, or out of the skin, or out of the warp, or out of the woof. And if it appear still in the garment or in the warp, or in the woof, or in anything made of skin, it is a spreading leprosy: thou shalt burn the thing wherein the plague is, in the fire. If thou hast washed the garment, or the warp, or the woof, or whatsoever thing of skin it be, if the plague be departed therefrom, then shall it be washed the second time, and be clean. This is the law of the plague of leprosy in a garment of woolen or linen, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in anything of skin, to make it clean or unclean . Leviticus 12:1–13:59 
  • Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am that light of the world: he that followeth me, shall not walk in darkness, but shall have that light of life. The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself: thy record is not true. Jesus answered, and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I come, and whither I go: but ye cannot tell whence I came, and whither I go. ye judge after the flesh: I judge no man. And if I also judge, my judgment is true, for I am not alone, but I, and the Father, that sent me. And it is also written in your Law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. Then said they unto him, Where is that Father of thine? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor the Father of mine. If ye had known me, ye should have known that Father of mine also. These words spake Jesus in the tresury, as he taught in the Temple, and no man laid hands on him: for his hour was not yet come. Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins, Whither I go, can ye not coe. Ten said the Jews, Will he kill himself, because he saith, Whither I go, can ye not come? And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath, I am from above: ye are of this world, I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, That ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe, that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. Then said they unto him, Who art thou And Jesus said unto them, Even the same thing that I said unto you frm the beginning. I have many things to say, and to judge of you: but he that sent me, is true, and the things that I have heard of him, those speak I to the world. They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself, but as my Father hath taught me, so I spake these things. For he that sent me, is with me: the Father hath not left me alone, because I do always those things that please him. As he spake these things, many believed in them. John 8:12–30
  • I knew nothing, my soul set me as the chariots of my noble people. Return, return, O Shulamite, return: return that we may behold thee. What shall you see in the Shulamite, but as the company of an army? Song of Solomon 6:11-1213*

*As previously mentioned, I utilize the Geneva which does not have verse 13.

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