The Light vs. Darkness The main theme of the Essene Theology was the struggle between the Children of Light and the Children of Darkness. Between the Jews and the Gentiles, there is. And the earth was without form and void; from the Hebrew, "tohu- vavohu." aka chaotic condition. This is a reference to the earth prior to the Flood. (Gen. 6:5) And God pronounced the first prophecy ever about the children of light: "Let there be light and there was light." (Gen. 1:3) But the Lord had to divide the light from the darkness. (Gen. 1:4) Hence the Essene view of the struggle between Israel and the Gentiles. Although they were to be apart from each other, the Lord assigned Israel to serve as light unto the Gentiles (Isa. 42:6) Aware of that Divine prophecy, Jesus confirmed Prophet Isaiah in his Sermon of the Mount to a crowd of Jews when he declared, "You are the Light of the world." (Mat. 5:14) Now, the main reason why they were to remain apart from each other is that, for instance, mix-marriages among them which became the cause of most of the falls of Israel, especially due to idolatry. Conclusion: Now, the reason why Jesus forbade his disciples to take the light of salvation to the Gentiles is beyond my understanding. (Mat. 10:5,6) Does any one have a word on this paradox?