“His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from his hands, where his awesome power is hidden.” (Habakkuk 3:4, NLT)
“ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!” (Isaiah 60:1, TAB)
The sun is the star at the center of the solar system. It shines in the sky, some 93 million miles from the earth. The sun has characteristics that describe the triune Godhead.
- The sun is composed of elements (hydrogen and helium) that are invisible yet the sun itself is visible this mystery also somehow reveals the mystery of the Godhead.
- The sun works in ways that are beyond comprehension and the Lord Almighty also works in ways that are beyond comprehension. The sun has alpha, beta, and gamma rays (rays which can be seen, but not felt; felt, but not seen; and rays which can be neither felt nor seen!) Job described a situation that he encountered.
“Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up! [The spirit] stood still, but I could not discern the appearance of it. A form was before my eyes; there was silence, and then I heard a voice, saying, Can mortal man be just before God, or be more right than He is? Can a man be pure before his Maker, or be more cleansed than He is?” (Job 4:15-17, TAB)
- The sun is big and the Lord Almighty is also big. Its diameter is about 865,000 miles, about 109 times the diameter of the earth. The sun is 740 times more massive than its nine major planets together. “The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.” (Psalm 11:4, KJV)
“And do not say, ‘By the earth!’ because the earth is his footstool.” (Matthew 5:35, NLT)
- The rays of the sun give light and it is also colorful and the Almighty is light and beautiful for all situations. “Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again. He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have a life filled with light and will never live in the dark.” (John 8:12, GWT)
“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” (Psalm 48:1-2, KJV)
- The sun is a source of heat and can consume and the Almighty is a consuming fire. “Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.” (Deuteronomy 9:3, KJV)
But then, our text says, “His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise..” The coming of sunrise is akin to the arrival of light. “Arise and shine for your light is come… Why would His coming be likened to sunrise and not sun? (As we know, he is called the Sun of Righteousness with healing in His wings.. (Malachi 4:2). He is also referred to as sun (Psalm 84:11a)” Why then is his coming not likened to the sun?
There is a thin divide between sunrise and sunset. It could be sunrise this second and by the next it could be sunset. “Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.” (Luke 11:35, KJV)
What this means to us is that we should work out our salvation with fear and with trembling (Philippians 2:12). The ostrich of yesterday strutting her beautiful and colorful feathers all around can be nothing more than a feather duster tomorrow.
Paul the Apostle knowing the thin divide between sunrise and sunset exclaimed, “Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary. But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit].” (1 Corinthians 9:26-27, TAB)
As a consuming fire, if any strange fire is found, it does not matter what you have been doing previously, he will lick up the strange fire. All you have to do is check with Nadab and Abihu. (Leviticus 10:1-3)
- Sunrise exposes every deed of darkness: “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” (1 Corinthians 4:5, KJV)
- Sunrise marks the end of darkness: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6, KJV)
- Sunrise tells you that you have slept enough: “For the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” (Ephesians 5:14, NLT)
- Sunrise signals the time to work: “We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.” (John 9:4-5, MSG)
- It signals the beginning of accountability: “Samson went to Gaza and saw a prostitute. He went to her. The news got around: “Samson’s here.” They gathered around in hiding, waiting all night for him at the city gate, quiet as mice, thinking, “At sunrise we’ll kill him.” (Judges 16:1-2, MSG)