Scripture: Matthew 4:12-17
Key verse: (16) the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.
Reflection: This is a verse that Matthew quotes from Isaiah. It is not quoted correctly. In the ninth chapter of Isaiah, we read of a people who “walked in darkness”. Matthew tells us of a people who “sat in darkness.” Walking is active as if they are moving out of or through the darkness. Sitting seems passive.
I think Matthew misquoted Isaiah on purpose. I have learned a lot of things in the dark that I could never have learned even in the daylight. We all want to walk through the darkness, if not run. Sometimes, we need to sit down right in the middle of our darkness because that is the only place we can feel, experience or see the light.
Light is the promise that one day things will be different. Light is love that overcomes hatred. Light is peace. Even when the world looks dark, we claim the hope that Christ offers to us in this verse from Matthew, “Light has dawned.”
Prayer: God of all times, may we know your presence and claim the hope your offer to us again and again and again. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].