A Call to Light
By John Stembridge
(Editor's note: This is an exerpt from Stembridge's book
manuscript, "The Sh'ma". Sh'ma, "Hear" in Hebrew refers especially to
Deut. 6:4: "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One." Jesus
said this was "The first of all the commandments...." Mark 12:29.)
Isaiah, the son of Amos and the Prophet to King Hezekiah,
reveals more about the Messiah than any of the prophets. His own testimony concerning the
Sh'ma is: "The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know
how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: He wakeneth morning by morning, He
wakeneth my ear to hear [Sh'ma] as the learned."
Isaiah is the prophet who tells us that when gross darkness
covers the earth, that God shall arise and His light and glory will rise upon Zion (Isaiah
60:1,2). This appears to be a mystery to many Christians. . .
David said in Psalm 119:30, "The entrance of Thy
words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."
When the world is covered in gross darkness, God through
Isaiah says that it will be the Sh'ma (the Hearing and Speaking of His Word) that will
bring His light to the nations. He also says that "Whereas you have been forsaken
and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy
of many generations. . . The sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon
withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of your
mourning shall be ended. . . . I the LORD will hasten it in his time" (Isaiah