“The greatest pursuit of the Hebrews was light. Everything was idealized by light: “The Lord is my light and my salvation…” “This is the light that lighteth every man that comes into the world…” “The people that sat in darkness have seen a great light…” For the Hebrews the ideal was light.
For the Romans the ideal was glory. The glory of the Roman empire, the glory of Caesars, the city to which all roads led, the city that wasn’t built in a day. Rome symbolized glory. The Hebrews symbolized light as their ideal.
The Greeks pursued knowledge. The ideal of the academy, the ideal of the sophists, the ideal of wisdom, and the ideal of knowledge. Let me retrace it: The Hebrews pursued light as an ideal, the Greeks pursued knowledge as the ideal, and the Romans pursued glory.
Here is the apostle Paul, a Hebrew by birth, a citizen of Rome in a Greek city. He says in 2 Corinthians 4: “God, who caused the light to shine out of darkness, has caused His light to shine in our hearts, to give to us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus our Lord.”
-from Ravi Zacharias in “Who Are You, God?”! ALL GLORY TO GOD ALONE!