Summary: God can reveal everything in darkness, even the deep things that are in the darkness; because the darkness is not dark to Him, and the night is as bright as the day, darkness and light are alike to the Almighty God (Psalm 139: 12).
DEEP THINGS OUT OF DARKNESS
Teacher - James Dina
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
JOB 12:22 “He discovers deep things out of darkness, and brings to light the shadow of death”.
The attributes of God, as revealed in the Bible, are crucial to understanding the truth about God, who He is and what He does. He created everything according to His perfect plan to reveal and reflect Himself in the creation. As creator of the heavens and the earth, there is nothing made that He has not known (John 1:3). God knows all things because He created the world, the light and darkness and everything therein. God Himself said: ‘I form the light, and create darkness…’ (Isaiah 45:7). Therefore, God is the creator of both the light and the darkness.
God reveals Himself to mankind through His works, which shows His infinite power to reveal/uncover mysteries about His works that are invisible to human eyes. King Nebuchadnezzar attested to this when the Lord gave him the interpretation of his dream through Daniel, He referred to God as a revealer of mysteries. “The king answered Daniel and said, Surely, your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, since you have been able to reveal this mystery.” (Daniel 2:47)
The mystery of Darkness.
Darkness is a complete absence of light, which blurs human’s vision. It is a state of being in misery and adversity (Psalm 107:10); It’s also a symbol of ignorance (Ephesians 4: 18). Those who walk in the darkness do not know where they are going; a confused and chaotic situation. God can reveal everything in darkness, even the deep things that are in the darkness; because the darkness is not dark to Him, and the night is as bright as the day, darkness and light are alike to the Almighty God (Psalm 139: 12).
He can unfold what is wrapped up and manifest what is hidden. Deep places are hidden places; God discovers those things which are most hidden, even deep things out of darkness. What is deep is usually dark. The further we move away from the fountain of light, the more darkness prevails over us; and therefore, every degree of deepness adds a degree of darkness, all depth being downward.
In the beginning, darkness was upon the face of the deep (Genesis 1:1) but (after creation) darkness is always at the bottom of the deep. He discovers deep things out of darkness, that is, the remotest, lowest and most retired depths.
THE SHADOW OF DEATH
The shadow of death can be described as extreme darkness, thick darkness. It denotes the strength and veracity of darkness. It is the highest, the superlative degree of thick darkness.
Grave is a place of darkness, and things that are buried lie in the dark. (Job 34:22) - there is no darkness, no shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. According to this scripture, the workers of iniquity cannot be hidden in the thickest darkness.
God does not only bring deep things out of darkness but also the deepest things out of the darkest darkness; even out of that darkness that is as deep and dark as the grave. God can bring to light those hidden plans and conspiracy in the depth of a man’s heart, those hidden secrets concealed for ages. This is an assurance for us as believers when we walk in extreme danger, through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil, because God’s light will overshadow us in the dark.
ALL THINGS ARE KNOWN BY GOD
The creator of all things knows all things that He made. He can make unknown things to be known, and easily known. The God who discovers deep things out of darkness can see those things which lie on the open sun. God’s knowledge of all things does not limit His intimate knowledge of us. It’s only God, who is infinite in knowledge and can reveal deep things. Nobody on earth can unravel deep things; those things which are far off, and exceeding deep, who can find them out? (Eccl. 7:24). He knows your place in His creation (Psalm 139:2–3), He even knows your thoughts (Psalm 139:4). God knows exactly where you are and what you’re thinking about right now.
There is a depth in a man, bigger than his words, and that is the depth of his thoughts (Psalm 64: 6), both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart is deep. The inward thought is an act of the heart, and the heart is the faculty, or power of thinking. Counsel in the heart of a man is like deep water (Proverbs 20: 5). The heart of man is so deep that none can find it out but God, Himself (Jeremiah 17:10).