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Darkness Before Light
The LORD (i.e. Jesus Christ - see Christ The Creator) established His calendar with days beginning and ending at sunset. For example, the true Christian Sabbath, which was created by Christ Himself (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') begins at sunset:
"13:19 And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day." (Nehemiah 13:19 KJV)
While many call it the "Hebrew calendar" or the "Jewish calendar," it is in fact the LORD's calendar, Christ's calendar, that He created on "day 1" - before any humans existed. The darkness before light foundation of the days is based on the creation whereby there was darkness, then there was light.
"1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." (Genesis 1:1-5 KJV)
Observing the days as the Creator created them is an acknowledgment of the Creator. Those who reject the LORD's only true Sabbath are rejecting the Creator Himself.
"2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."(Genesis 2:1-3 KJV)
"I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness"
The "let there be light" upon the darkness was a physical object lesson of a greater Creation. Just as He brought the physical light upon the earth, the Christ's coming was a fulfillment of a prophecy in which "people which sat in darkness saw great light." As we shall see, that spiritual light ultimately applies to all of humanity, just as His physical light shone upon the entire earth in due time. Part of the revolving earth was in the light, while another part was still in darkness - just as part of humanity in now in the "light" while others have yet to reach their dawn of awareness.
"4:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 4:15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:14-17 KJV)
The Messiah healed many people who were physically blind, but the ultimate purpose of His coming is to heal those who are spiritually blind. The example of the healing of a man who was born blind was a lesson in that all humans are born spiritually blind (see the Fact Finder question below about the apostle Paul's "blindness" lesson).
"9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." (John 9:1-3 KJV)
Those who truly believe in and obey the Messiah have come out of the darkness.
"12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness." (John 12:46 KJV)
Teachers of God's Word are a guiding light out of the darkness.
"2:19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, 2:20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law." (Romans 2:19-20 KJV)
Once the awareness is there, along with repentance, believers shine within themselves.
"4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:6 KJV)
The "shining" comes from the Holy Spirit of God within His people.
"1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." (1 John 1:5-7 KJV)
Fact Finder: Why was the apostle Paul struck down blind by the LORD? Was it to demonstrate to him how, despite his great knowledge, he was spiritually blind?