Hidden Light Revealed

13
Dec

There are three places I feel God has hidden his divine light.

The first place was the Torah, and the second place was in the Messiah. It should be of no surprise but important to note that Jewish tradition clearly makes this connection.

It is written, “And God saw the light that it is good.” This teaches us that God foresaw Messiah and his activities even before the creation of the world.

The New Covenant stands in agreement with these texts and elaborates even further:

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it… That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. – John 1:4-9, NKJ

Then Yeshua spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. – John 8:12, NKJ

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God…. But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. – Rev. 21:10-11, 22-25, NKJ

Based upon these passages, we must conclude that Messiah is both the source of this special light and the one who will cause the lost light of the first three days of creation to shine again in the Messianic Age, so that all the redeemed ones might bask in the Lord’s divine light, thereby finding healing and blessing. As Rabbi Paul states, “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Messiah” (1 Cor. 4:6). Hanukkah reminds us that Yeshua is the light of the World!

A third place that it is believed that God hid His light is in the menorah. The menorah that was placed in the Tabernacle symbolized both the light of the Lord’s eternal Presence as well as the perpetual light of Torah, God’s Wisdom as found in His Word.

The Hanukkah miracle of the oil burning for eight days is meant to allude to this reality! Antiochus who named himself Ephinanes, god manifest, tried to place himself and his laws in the Lord’s rightful place—but in the end he was extinguished while the Torah and Israel has not only survived, but thrived!

There is also a deeper connection between the divine light and Hanukkah.  During Hanukkah we light 36 candles in total over the eight nights (not including the ‘smash’ which is technically not part of the miracle).  36 is the exact number of hours that the primordial divine light of creation shone for 26 hours. Twelve hours a day, for three days.

Commenting upon this one of our sages (12th century Kabbalist, R. Eliezer of Worms) said:

The 36 candles on the menorah correspond to the 36 hours when Adam and Eve were bathed in The Primordial Light of creation. Today, as we kindle our own lights, we call forth a revelation of this now hidden and intense light. 

The Hanukkah story took place in the 36th century of the Hebrew Calendar and the concept of light occurs a total of 36 candles times in the Torah, corresponding to the 36 hours that the special divine light as well as the Hanukkah candles. As we kindle the light of the menorah today, we should be reminded of the Ohr Hagganuz, which is the light of Messiah, and we should pray that the Lord would bring forth into the world this divine light through us. As Yeshua said concerning His followers, “You are the light of the World” (Mat. 5:14). So  become the light you were destined to be and help bring healing to this hurting world!