13:1) For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.
How long, Yahua? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
13:2) How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart every day?
How long shall my enemy triumph me?
13:3) Behold and answer me Yahua, my `Elohiym.
Give light to my eyes lest I sleep in death;
13:4) Lest my enemy say, ai???I have prevailed against him.ai??? Lest my adversaries rejoice when I fall.
13:5) But I trust in your lovingkindness.
My heart rejoices in your Salvation.
13:6) I will sing to Yahua because He has been good to me.
Yahshua: the Light that knows no power failure.
At sea, the Engineers have the responsibility for all the utilities that are taken for granted in a town; water, sewage and power. One of the most dangerous problems is the loss of power. A partial loss of electricity causes all the lights to dim (known as a Brown-out) followed by a full loss (known as a Black-out). Not only the utilities fail, but the vessel looses all propulsion leaving the ship vulnerable.
ai???Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.ai??? (Psa. 119:105). The Torah is said to be represented by the Menorah and is meant to be at the meeting point of Yahua with man and is eternally in the presence Yahuaai??i??s people. Yahua has commanded that the light is to be continually tended. ai???For the commandment is a lamp and the law is light. Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,ai??? (Prov. 6:23) compares Torah and light. Throughout the first chapter of Yochanan (John 1:4-30) the Good News writer likens the Master as Light; Torah=Light=Messiah. This clearly shows that the Torah became flesh partly to shed light in a dark world by revealing the Father. This was accomplished by the indwelling Spirit empowering Messiah (John 1:33). ai???You shall command the children of Yisra’el, that they bring to you pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause a lamp to burn continuallyai???. (Exod. 27:20). Where commentators equate the Menorah with Messiah, so is the oil a type of the Spirit. Sin is usually contrasted with righteousness in the simile of darkness and light. There is no darkness (not even a black hole in space) that can destroy light, but light always destroys darkness!
It is this commandment (Exod. 27:20) that forms the basis of the Jewish Festival of Lights (Channukah). This celebrates the miracle of 165 B.C.E. when, after the defeat King Antiochus Epiphanes, the Temple was cleansed. However, only one nightai??i??s oil supply could be found. Nevertheless, the oil lasted eight days until a fresh supply could be made.
ai???Neither do you light a lamp, and put it under a measuring basket, but on a stand and it shines to all who are in the house. Even so, let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.ai??? (Matt. 5:15,16). As Messiah=Light=Torah then Believers are called to emulate Him. It is the role of Believers to show Messiah to non-Believers and in doing so, reveal Father. It is the belief of At The Cross that this is best accomplished by Believers actively fulfilling all the relevant commandments of Torah. This can only come about by the indwelling Spirit empowering Believers. This ai???power supplyai??i?? is infinite; it does not diminish nor does it become less as more and more people come to Faith.
ai???There will be no night and they need no lamp light; for Yahua `Elohiym will illuminate them. They will reign forever and ever. (Rev. 22:5). All the benefits of Heaven (the presence of Yahua `Elohiym, with peace and joy, no sickness, hunger, tiredness) will take place in absolute light. It is not like a normal lamp that can cast shadows if an object is placed in front of the light. This light is all-encompassing, so that everything is in full illumination. There will be no sunset, no night and no power failure.
At sea, even with a full loss of main power, there is always an emergency generator and, if this failed, emergency batteries. So, there was never a time there was no light at all. There were occasions when I have entered tanks and the lights temporarily failed leaving me in darkness. I only had to wait a minute or two for the lights to go back on.
ai???throw out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.ai??? (Matt. 25:30). In the Parable of the Talents (Matt. 25:14-30), the one who rejects the Good News of Salvation (non-Believers) is called the ai???unprofitable servantai??i??. He is cast out to a place of absolute darkness called Hell. ai???…for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.ai??? (Jude 1:13b). In Jude, this darkness is absolute and is to last for all eternity.
Contrast this absolute darkness with the absolute Light of Heaven. How do you want to spend eternity? In darkness or Light? It could be said that with the absolute darkness, the occupants of Hell cannot see the torment going on around them. Have you ever lain awake at night so that every sound seems to be amplified? Then what would it be like to listen to the crying and wailing in never-ending night?
He who knows no power failure, Yahshua, calls you to spend eternity with Him in Light. If only you could believe that as a sinner, He took upon Himself your punishment. His death paid the penalty in full for all who confess their sins to Father and turn back to Him from their sinful ways. That the power that raised up Messiah from the grave will likewise raise you up from Hell to Heaven.
If only you could believe.
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
Pesach/Passover and Chag Matzah (Feast of Unleavened Bread) begin at sunset on Friday 22nd. April.
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.