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Light of the World

Light is something we almost take for granted. It is around us every day, and by it we see everything. It is also vital for life. Without light there would be no heat, and earth would be a frozen wasteland. It is light that gives the energy for plants to grow, providing food for other living things. Light is the first particular thing God is said to have created (Genesis 1:3; Psalms 74:16; Isaiah 45:7). But in Scripture there is a spiritual understanding of light beyond the physical (1 Corinthians 4:6). It is used as a symbol of God’s presence (Exodus 13:21,22; 25:31-40; Acts 9:3). This symbolism was shown at the Feast of Tabernacles, where Jesus proclaimed Himself the Light of the World (John 8:12), thereby affirming that He was the ultimate source of spiritual light (Isaiah 9:2; John 1:4,5; Luke 1:78,79). This statement was probably a response to the question whether any prophet could come out of Galilee (John 7:52; compare Matthew 4:14-16). In what ways is Jesus light?

 

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The Bread of Life

Food is one of the most basic needs of life. And bread is in many ways a symbol for that need. In many cultures it was the main thing that food consisted in. And it is used as a picture of God’s provision. God supplies our physical needs (Philippians 4:19; Matthew 6:11; Luke12:24). This is illustrated in God’s miracles of provision (John 6:1-14; Exodus 16:8-21; 2 Kings 4:42-44). But these are meant to encourage people to see beyond the physical to God’s spiritual provision (John 6:26,27; Deuteronomy 8:3; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). How then do we make this transition?

 

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Solomon's Failure

Sometimes unbridled success can be the enemy of the spiritual life. Take the case of Solomon. He had asked for and received great wisdom from God. He had great riches. He had power and reigned in peace, with the respect of all the nations around him. He had an abundance of everything, including wives and concubines (which was actually not a good thing). But in his later life his wives turned his heart away from following God to worship idols. How do we avoid such things happening to us?

 

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Baptism

Why get wet? What is the point of baptism? Is it just some formality that we are forced to go through because God said so? Sometimes we can be more spiritual than God. We can feel that only the spiritual things are important and that the physical is irrelevant. This is not God’s perspective. God created the physical world (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3; Hebrews 11:3), and God plans to redeem and restore a physical creation (2 Corinthians 5:1-5; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Romans 8:18-23). So God cares about the physical world and physical actions. Therefore, what is the point of baptism?

 

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Request for Wisdom

What do we really want from God? Or do we want God? Solomon was asked by God what he wanted, and he chose wisdom (1 Kings 3:3-15). Solomon was commended for having made a good choice. But even that wisdom did not keep him from making bad choices at the end of his life (1 Kings 11:1-13). And he ended up seeing even the wisdom he had as futility (Ecclesiastes 2:13-17). Now there is no question that wisdom is a good thing (Proverbs 2:1-7; 3:13-18; James 1:5). But even a good thing can become a bad thing if we do not use it correctly.

 

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Rock, Fortress and Deliverer

David wrote a grand psalm summarizing the work of God in his life (2 Samuel 22, Psalms 18). This psalm pictures God’s great acts in rescuing David. But as we look at David’s life, it does not always look so victorious. He spends many years running from Saul. He finally makes it into the kingship and receives a covenant from God. Things are going well; then he blows it spiritually. He commits adultery and murder and ends up paying a heavy price for it. He spends a good part of the rest of his life dealing with rebellious sons. God brings him through it, but it is a hard path. How do these two pictures fit together?

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