God Is Light
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The Radiance Of God: His Shekinah Glory
God is so totally 'other', or holy, that the only way the Bible can depict him is in terms of the brilliance of the sun shining at full strength.
1 JOHN 1:5 This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him. (The Message)
ISAIAH 30:26 The moon will be as bright as the sun, and the sun will be seven times brighter--like the light of seven days in one! So it will be when the LORD begins to heal his people and cure the wounds he gave them.(NLT)
REVELATION 21:23-27 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendour into it.On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honour of the nations will be brought into it.Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.(NIV)
Human Beings Are Overwhelmed By God's Glory
When human beings come into contact with God, they are overwhelmed by the brilliance of his shekinah glory - the visible appearance of God and fall down in awe.
REVELATION 1:12-16 I turned to see whose voice it was that was speaking to me and when I had turned I saw seven golden lamp stands, and among these lampstands I saw someone ‘like a Son of Man’. He was dressed in a long robe with a golden girdle around his breast; his head and his hair were white as snow-white wool, his eyes blazed like fire, and his feet shone as the finest bronze glows in the furnace. His voice had the sound of a great waterfall, and I saw that in his right hand he held seven stars. A sharp two-edged sword came out of his mouth, and his face was ablaze like the sun at its height. (JBP)