In Scripture, darkness is depicted as
- God’s glory-cloak that protects people from his holiness, kind of like the concrete surrounding cooling pools in a nuclear power plant (kind of);
- Satan’s perverted counterfeit, which conceals evil deeds and feeds their power (for a while); and
- God’s approaching salvation/judgment.
I like Lamentations 3 to encapsulate this. Here’s a sample:
“He has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago. . . . Though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer. . . . It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. . . . Thou hast wrapped thyself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through. . . . Thou wilt requite them, O Lord, according to the work of their hands” (Lam 3:6, 8, 26, 44, 64 RSV).
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