“So Moses lifted his hand to the sky, and a deep darkness covered the
entire land of Egypt for three days. During all that time the
people could not see each other, and no one moved.
But there was light as usual where the people of Israel lived.”
Exodus 10:22,23 New Living Translation
These verses describe the ninth of ten plagues God used to convince the Egyptian ruler that it might be expedient for him to release Israel from slavery into God’s plan for them as a nation.
The prior eight plagues had decimated the land of Egypt. They had affected everything from their drinking water (turned to blood) to livestock deaths, hail storms and swarms of locust consuming everything green. There were gnats and flies and frog infestations until Pharaoh was almost ready to concede and release.
But prior to the slaying of all firstborn Egyptian sons on the night the death angel passed over the Israeli homes with lamb’s blood sprinkled on their door frames, one more plague gripped Pharaoh’s land.
Intense darkness. ‘Can’t-see-your-hand-in-front-of-your-face’ inky blackness. Paralyzing obscurity that no eyesight could penetrate. Terrorizing blindness that prohibited movement.
Except in Goshen and the hovels that housed God’s people. In Goshen, there was ‘light as usual!’
And in God’s Kingdom, fully alive in our hearts, the light is still on!
- As the lights dim in our culture and obscurity and hesitation and confusion follow moral ambiguity … the lights are still on in the Kingdom!
- As many stumble over darkened unfamiliar terrain in their quest for directions in life … the lights are still on in the Kingdom!
- As the enemy of humanity continues to blind the eyes of the unwary over the consequences of their Godless behavior … the lights are still on in the Kingdom!
In a world favoring darkness to hide deeds and believing that darkness can be comforting, there is still a ‘city on a hill’ burning with the intensity of God’s faithfulness and love. In a landscape of dark filled with neon signs signaling that darkness is good, there are millions of lights; not under cover, but set in prominent places on lampstands … shining brightly against the seeming invincibility of the dark.
And the light always wins. Open a door from a brightly lit room into a world of darkness outside and the darkness never steps over the threshold into the room. Instead, the light reaches out to conquer the darkness.
Making it all the more important for Kingdom People to let their lights shine brightly. It will always attract those who are tired of living in the night.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your
good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NIV