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Sunday, May 10 2015
Proverbs 13: Why Can't Light Be Hidden?
"The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out"
The Messiah's "Ye are the light of the world" and "Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel" (the actual word of the Scriptures was for an ancient oil lamp, not a candle of 1611 England) is one of His most well-known teachings.
"5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
But what exactly was the Messiah instructing - and warning? Was He teaching that people are not to hide their Biblical knowledge and life - as an example to others? Yes. But there is more.
Covering an oil lamp would cause its light to not be seen. But what else would happen? Would such a hidden light continue to shine? Or would it be extinguished due to a lack of oxygen? Answer: a light so hidden would not only be worthless to others, it would soon not exist even for the one who hid it for themselves. The Light of the Holy Spirit cannot be made to exist in a container of any sort.
That lesson, that was reiterated by the Messiah (He originally taught it long before; see The LORD God Our Saviour), was known by righteous others who let their light shine - and not be snuffed out. Note how Job knew the full meaning and purpose of the Messiah's teaching about not "putting a lamp under a basket."
"18:5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. 18:6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle [see Where Is Your Tabernacle?], and his candle shall be put out with him." (Job 18:5-6 KJV)
King Solomon knew it too: "The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out." It was the basis of the Proverbs (see Words To Get Ahead). The Light of the Holy Spirit cannot be stifled by those who have it - or they won't have it.
"13:1 A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
This Day In History, May 10
70: During the Siege of Jerusalem, Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, opened a full-scale assault on Jerusalem (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones? and A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots).
1285: King Philip III of Spain was succeeded by Philip IV.
1291: Scottish nobles acknowledged the royal authority of Edward I of England.
1307: Robert the Bruce, Scottish king fought an English attacking force of cavalry under Aylmer de Valence at the battle of Louden Hill in Ayrshire.
1497: Amerigo Vespucci left Cadiz, Spain for his first voyage to the New World, which would be named "America" after him. In geographic and political reality, all of the people of America, from Canada at the northernmost point of the continent of North America, to Argentina in the southernmost point of the continent of South America, are "Americans."
1503: Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands. He named them Las Tortugas after the many turtles found there.
1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier landed on Newfoundland.
1655: Jamaica was taken by the British after being held by the Spanish for over 160 years (from the time of the explorations of Christopher Columbus; see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1773: The Parliament of Britain passed the Tea Act. Its purpose was to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade.
1774: King Louis XV of France died of smallpox. He became king at the age of five on the death of his great-grandfather, Louis XIV.
1794: Elizabeth, the sister of French King Louis XVI, was beheaded.
1796: Napoleon's Army of Italy defeated the Austrians under Baron Beaulieu at the Battle of Lodi, southeast of Milan. Over 2,000 Austrians were killed or wounded.
1798: British explorer George Vancouver died. He sailed with Captain James Cook to Australia and New Zealand and to the west coast of North America where Vancouver Island and Vancouver B.C. are named after him.
1801: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declared war on the U.S., thereby beginning the First Barbary War.
1857: The Seepoys of India revolted against the British rule.
1865: Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War, was captured by Union forces.
1871: France and Germany signed a peace treaty in Frankfurt by which France ceded Alsace-Lorraine.
1881: King Carol I, Romania's first king, was crowned ("Carol" and "Carolus" are the Latin basis of what later became the name Germanic and English name Charles).
1933: Nazis in Berlin burned books by Jewish authors, including those by Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1940: Germany invaded Belgium and the Netherlands. Neville Chamberlain resigned as British Prime Minister; Winston Churchill, then first lord of the Admiralty, formed a coalition government with Conservative, Liberal and Labour members.
1941: Nazi government member Rudolf Hess flew a Messerschmitt fighter from Augsburg, Germany and parachuted out near Glasgow, Scotland, with his unauthorized "offer of peace" with Britain. He was imprisoned for the rest of his life.
1948: The Republic of China implemented measures granting President Chiang Kai-shek extended powers to deal with the Communist uprising.
1960: The U.S. nuclear submarine USS Triton completed the first underwater circumnavigation of the Earth.
1981: Francois Mitterrand won the French presidential election and became the first Socialist president of France in the Fifth Republic.
1994: Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's first black President.
2005: In Tbilisi, Georgia (one of the fifteen former republics of the Soviet Union), a hand grenade thrown at visiting U.S. President George W. Bush landed a few feet from him - but the old Russian-made RGD-5 grenade failed to detonate. The attempted assassin, Vladimir Arutyunian, an Armenian who was born in Georgia, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.