The First “Quote” in the Bible

What is the first quoted words in the Bible?  In other words, what are the first words in the Bible that could be put in quotation marks?

And God said,”Let there be light.”
(Genesis 1:3)

Therefore,  man is not the first recorded person to speak in the Bible.

The subject of light is a strong theme running throughout the Bible. For example, when God led Israel in the wilderness towards the promised land, a Pillar of Fire was before Israel throughout the night. I am certain, that while Israel slept, this fire was blazing greatly as a light for all the night, desert creatures and the terrified nations surrounding them to see.

Afterwards, while in the promised land, the new nation of Israel became darkened by idolatry and sin. God sent judges as lights to Israel – showing and restoring them onto the right path. During that  time and after the judges, the Israelites are said to be doing whatever they seemed fit – they became darkened again
(Judges 21:25)

The prophets then came and spoke about a Light to come into the world of darkness.  Isaiah prophesied that a Messiah would be a light to the gentiles all around them. This would be a light that would forever lead and  guide the nations. (Isaiah 42:6)

At the tomb where Jesus Christ was buried, a large stone at the entrance rolled away.  Christ was rising from the dead.  Emanating from Him was a bright, shining light as He walked out of the tomb and into the surrounding area. This happened after three days and three nights. Two witnesses, the  guards, saw this and were terrified. The “evening creatures” in the vicinity also saw Him.  Where did the risen Christ go?  Did He just roam around in the woods before greeting Mary after sunrise? All (if not most) of His disciples and followers had been sleeping.

Hey, this sounds like a future blog! I will post my thoughts about this soon.

Meanwhile, let us celebrate the Lord’s resurrection with joy and thanksgiving! Let us praise Him for having us become His ambassadors, His reflection of light, to the world. Why? So that God can continue His work to “Let there be light.”

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