“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

An Enlightening Evening

(Please read 1 John 2:9-11)

January 28

Several members of our congregation were studying 1 John 2 one Wednesday night. We had quite a bit to say about the verses in our text, above, and the Bible concept of spiritual light and spiritual darkness. And we looked at several other passages concerning spiritual darkness.

The metaphor of light and darkness goes back to Jesus himself, who in his Sermon on the Mount spoke figuratively of a person’s whole body being in darkness because he didn’t “see” well (see Matthew 6:22-23). Paul used a similar illustration in Ephesians 4:17-18 of people who “live blindfolded in a world of illusion,” or are “darkened in their understanding” (NAS). Other passages were cited, such as Romans 13:12-13, where Paul exhorted, “Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light,” and identified some of those deeds as carousing and drunkenness, sexual promiscuity and sensuality, and strife and jealousy. Thoughts of darkness prompted comments on the difficulty of getting around in the dark without the ability to see one’s way, which brought to mind Jesus’ teaching about the blind leading the blind and both falling into a pit (see Luke 6:39).

But the climax to the evening occurred by accident —the lights in the building and the entire neighborhood suddenly went out. It was so dark that some likened it to the point in Carlsbad Cavern tours where all lights are turned off for a short time.

How emphatically that experience drove home the lesson: Spiritual darkness is a terrible thing which we should endeavor to banish with the light of Christ the Savior.

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