They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. - Exodus 10:23 NKJV
It was the occasion of the ninth plague of Egypt. The Pharaoh and his people had resisted God in spite of blood in their drinking water, frogs in their beds, lice in their hair, flies in their faces, death to all their cattle, boils on their bodies, and locusts that ate up anything green left after hail had shredded their crops. Pharaoh was a difficult man to convince. In the end, even after he had lost his firstborn child, Pharaoh still pursued his wicked course and lost his army in the Red Sea. But on this day, darkness covered Egypt.
Just what is darkness? It has no definition other than as a comparison to light. You may define darkness as the absence of light, but you can’t turn that statement around to say that light is the absence of darkness. Light has substance. We can define it as something real. Because light is a physical result of the release of energy in the transformation of matter. Darkness, on the other hand, is nothing but nothing.
Light is the most obvious result of God’s creative power. That’s why when the Creator arrived on the first day of Creation, “there was light”! Wherever God is present, light is also present. Because we live on a lighted planet, we take light for granted. So when Pharaoh sat in darkness for three days, God was trying to tell him something.
We don’t know how God caused that darkness, but we have a hint. When Pharaoh’s army came after the Israelites who were camped by the Red Sea, “the angel of God” that went before Israel in the cloud-like pillar moved between the two camps. Scripture tells us that the cloud was darkness to the Egyptians and light for the Israelites—just as it was in the ninth plague.
Throughout the Bible, light reveals the presence of God, while the absence of light indicates that His presence has departed. Pharaoh, the Egyptian king, was too proud to realize what the darkness signified, but it is comforting to remember that during all of that darkness, the homes of Israel had light. No matter how dark our world becomes, Jesus, the Light of the world, has promised to provide light. Without Him there is only darkness—nothing but nothing.
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