Friday, November 05, 2010

Commentary: Uriah the Martyred Light

Uriah: the Martyred Light

Light is electromagnetic radiation of a wavelength that is visible to
the human eye. It is perhaps because of this that our visual system
depends on this radiation to work. It is because of light that we can
see ourselves, where we are, what surrounds us, and where we are going.
(We can also see colors partly because of light.) Without light there
is darkness and night. Our vision is not equipped to work under those
circumstances effectively.

The Bible equates God's Word with light. David says in Psalm 119: 105,
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." However
the Apostle John goes a step further. We read in John 1: 4-9 (King James

John 1: 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 1: 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness
comprehended it not.

John 1: 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

John 1: 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light,
that all men through him might believe.

John 1: 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that

John 1: 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh
into the world.

John says Jesus is the Word, therefore the Light. This is something
Jesus said of Himself on several occasions (John 8:12; 9:5; 12:35;
12:46). When Nicodemus came to Jesus in the night Jesus told Him,

John 3:17-21 (King James Version)

John 3: 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the
world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3: 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that
believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the
name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3: 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the
world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds
were evil.

John 3: 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither
cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

John 3: 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds
may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Those who are in Sin, as David was in 2 Samuel 11, walk in darkness.
Those who walk as Uriah walked, walk in the Light. Now, just as Nabal
acted as his name - foolishly- Uriah acted as his. Uriah is a Hebrew
name that may mean: God is light, God is my light, The Lord is light,
light of the Lord, or my light is Jehovah. The meaning of the name is
derived from the prefix 'uri' meaning light, fire ; and the suffix 'ah'
meaning God, powerful. Uriah proved to be, by the grace of God, a man
of principle that frustrated David's scheme. Uriah showed him up badly.
David, who was once a man of integrity, now cannot seem to understand
Uriah's integrity.

We could argue that Uriah was a martyr. The light of God shone through
Uriah, exposing to David his Sin. David stood condemned, at that
moment, because he loved darkness rather than light, because his deeds
were evil, and Uriah's Light was a reproof to David. Uriah was killed
to shut off the light that exposed David's Sin. So, Uriah died because
of his unwavering belief in God. Do we have that kind of faith?

Raul Diaz