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The Light of Jehovah Versus the Sparks of Men

When Jehovah comes to earth to reign among his people in the millennial age, "No longer shall the sun be your light by day, nor the brightness of the moon your illumination at night: Jehovah will be your everlasting Light and your God your radiant glory. Your sun shall set no more, nor your moon wane: to you Jehovah shall be an endless Light when your days of mourning are fulfilled" (Isaiah 60:19–20). While Israel's God will then serve as the greater Light, he also appoints his servant as a light to prepare the way before him: "I have created you and appointed you to be a covenant for the people, a light to the nations, to open eyes that are blind" (Isaiah 42:6–7).

His own covenant people, to whom God sends his servant, however, prove the least receptive to the servant’s message: "Who among you fears Jehovah and heeds the voice of his servant, who, though he walk in the dark and have no light, trusts in the name of Jehovah and relies upon his God? But you are lighters of fires, all of you, who illuminate with mere sparks. Walk then by the light of your fires and by the sparks you have kindled. This shall you have from my hand: you shall lie down in agony" (Isaiah 50:10–11). Those who prove most receptive, on the other hand, are the tribes of Israel, who gather from exile in an end-time exodus to Zion (Isaiah 49:5–22).

- Avraham Gileadi
1. 18. 2012

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