Wednesday, April 17

Dawn on someone!

Scripture: 1 Samuel 19, 1 Chronicles 7, Psalm 59, Matthew 4

Matthew 4:16 “The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

Observation

When John the Baptist was arrested in Judea, Jesus withdrew to Galilee and settled in Capernaum, on the shore of Lake Galilee, and began His ministry there.  This was to fulfill the Scripture found in Isaiah 9:1-2, which Matthew quotes in v. 15-16.  Isaiah predicts that the Messiah would bring light to the Gentiles living in darkness, that He would be more than just a Jewish deliverer, but the Savior of the world.  So Jesus began His ministry not in Judea, the bright center of Jewish faith, but in the dark “Galilee of the Gentiles.”  

Isaiah, then Matthew, use the metaphor of light and darkness.  Those living in darkness have seen a great light.  On those living in the shadow of death a light has dawned.  Jesus started His ministry not in the center of light, but on the margins where it was darkest.  He “dawned on people” who were living in darkness.

Application

Move to the darkness, and “dawn on someone.”  Shine your light.  It’s comfortable for Christians to “hang out in the light”—to hang around other believers.  But Jesus moved to darkness and shone His light there, and calls us to do the same. 

Matthew 5:14–16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

You are the light of the world!  Move into the dark places and let your light shine.  Who could you move toward today that is living in darkness?  Go dawn on someone!  

Prayer: Lord, help me, help us to move out of our comfort zones toward people living in darkness and “dawn on them”!