“If then your whole body
Is full of light,
With no part
It will be
As full of light
As when a lamp
Gives you light
With its rays.”
εἰ οὖν τὸ σῶμά σου ὅλον φωτεινόν, μὴ ἔχον μέρος τι σκοτεινόν, ἔσται φωτεινὸν ὅλον ὡς ὅταν ὁ λύχνος τῇ ἀστραπῇ φωτίζῃ σε.
Luke uniquely indicated that Jesus said that if their whole body (εἰ οὖν τὸ σῶμά σου) was full of light (ὅλον φωτεινόν), with no part in total darkness (μὴ ἔχον μέρος τι σκοτεινόν), it will be full of light (ἔσται φωτεινὸν ὅλον). Thus, it will be like a lamp (ὡς ὅταν ὁ λύχνος) that shines or gives light with its rays (τῇ ἀστραπῇ φωτίζῃ σε). Many ancient societies believed that the eye was the source of the light for seeing. If there was no darkness in a person, they would be like a bright light. Notice, that throughout history, holy people were usually portrayed with a halo light around them, emphasizing light and goodness. This was an inner light that would shine with its bright light. Your body would be like a lampstand shining light on the whole world. Do you light up a room when you arrive?
“‘As for me,
This is my covenant with them.’
‘My spirit is upon you.
That I have put in your mouth,
Shall not depart out of your mouth.
They shall not depart
Out of the mouth of your children.
They shall not depart
Out of the mouths of your children’s children,
From now on and forever.’
Third Isaiah brings this chapter to a close with another oracle from Yahweh. He was going to renew his alliance with his holy people. The covenant continues down to their children and their children’s children now and forever, since his Spirit is upon them. He has put his words into their mouths and it will not leave them because of this everlasting covenant.
“He called upon God in these words.
You sent your angel at the time of Hezekiah king of Judea.
He killed fully a hundred and eighty-five thousand
In the camp of Sennacherib.
O Sovereign of the heavens,
Send a good angel to spread terror and trembling before us.
By the might of your arm
May these blasphemers
Who come against your holy people
Be struck down.’
With these words he ended his prayer.”
This prayer is a reminder to God of what the angel of God did to King Sennacherib and Assyrians in 2 Kings, chapter 19, when he killed 185,000 men in one night during the time of King Hezekiah of Judah. Judas Maccabeus wanted a similar good angel to spread terror and trembling to these blasphemers who were coming to attack these holy people.