Divine Light

I spent this morning’s time of contemplation basking in the divine light of God. My initial salvation event was such an experience. The mystics talk a lot about darkness. Yes. There is a darkness you must enter as you approach God. In this darkness, you must mortify self. And yet, the goal is not the darkness. The goal is the light of God.

If you are a Christian, by definition, you have had an encounter with the light of God. The lie is that such things are rare one-time occurrences. The book of Deuteronomy records God giving to Moses and the children of Israel the second set of tablets containing the ten commandments. God revealed not only laws to live by, but the spiritual principles behind the laws.

Deuteronomy 11:22-24:
For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him— then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves. 

Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours.”

The spiritual principle is simple. Once your feet have thread a spiritual path, that path belongs to you. Once God has given you a spiritual experience, it is yours. You can always return to it, re-experience it. Re-savor it. Re-enter the light and the presence of God.

And what did God instruct as to the prerequisite of such re-entering? “—to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him— “. God’s one prerequisite is love. Yes, obedience, but obedience motivated by His one great commandment:

Deuteronomy 6:5:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

God even gave to Moses the practical instructions on how to continually walk in divine light.

Deuteronomy 11:18:
“Therefore, you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”

Of course, the children of Israel took this literally. They started wearing a decorative ornament on the foreheads. When the spiritual point of the instruction was that we are to keep God’s words, His loving nature ‘as frontlets between your eyes’. In other words, God’s practical instructions was for us to keep His love in our mind’s eye. In our thoughts. In our imagination.


From the book ‘Jewels in Heaven’ …

The top left stone in your breastplate is a light green peridot. It is called ‘bareqeth’ in Hebrew. It is associated with the tribe of Zebulon. Zebulon means ‘dwelling’.

Zebulon has the dual meaning “dwelling place” and “exalted, honored”. In Genesis 30:20, in a word play on the name Zebulon, when Leah gives birth to her sixth son, she says, “Now my husband will be honored to dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons”.

God wants you to always remember, you will be exalted as His son or daughter for all of eternity. You will dwell with Him. You will eat at His table. You will walk the halls of His glorious palace.

The land allotted to Zebulon in Israel was a small portion of southern Galilee. Jacob declared “Zebulun shall dwell by the haven of the sea; He shall become a haven for ships, and his border shall adjoin Sidon.” It was in this area of Galilee that Jesus began His ministry.

Matthew 4:15-16:
The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,

Galilee of the Gentiles:
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death. Light has dawned.

To become true sons and daughters of God, our hearts must become like those of the tribe of Zebulon. The people of Zebulon were known for their undivided loyalty to King David (1 Chronicles 12:33) and for answering Hezekiah’s call for spiritual renewal (2 Chronicles 30:10). Besides Zebulon, only Asher and Manasseh also had the humility to answer Hezekiah’s call.

Their reward was living by the sea. They lived with a simple steady diet of bread and fish. These are both Christian symbols of the life and ministry of the Lord and the church. A hallmark of those becoming children of Zebulon is a constant desire to live a simple, single-purpose life, serving the Lord and others.

By living by the sea, the children of Zebulon “become a haven for ships”. When you live a single-purpose life, when the Lord becomes the sole source of your life, you will become a haven for those around you who have been tossed about by the churning sea of the world.