My Annual Eye Exam
My eyes were dilated this morning for my yearly exam. As I left the office I was given a pair of throwaway sunglasses. I was stupid. I didn’t put them on and walked out the front door. It was a clear day. Ouch. The power of light is not something to be trifled with. You should have seen how quickly I put them on.
I immediately thought of Moses coming down Mt. Sinai having been with the Lord. “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. . . When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face.” Exodus 34. Only this time it wasn’t me that was shining. It was just the opposite.
In Hebrews 1 we are told God spoke to humanity in many different forms. Each time He shared more light about Himself with His people. Finally He sent Jesus who was the ultimate revelation of God – the Light of the World. The Children of Israel came out of slavery in a land filled with gods. Most of the Israelites were illiterate and their view of God was tainted by the exposure to paganism. The only way for them to know the truth was to actually see Jesus. Thus there were many flawed ideas about God before Jesus came. If we are to know what God is really like we must study the Gospels and Paul. They knew the truth about God because He walked with us as one of us for over thirty years. As one of us the light was bright without harming us. The light was life itself.