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As Hanukkah’s Candles, We Light up the Darkness

Hanukah 4“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”  Isaiah 60:1

I find no evidence that this passage was originally about Hanukkah.  It’s meant as a prophecy about Israel in the Millennial Age.  But as I was contemplating the Hanukkah candles, this verse came to mind.

Then as I read verses 2-3, I realized how much this really parallels the idea of the Hanukkah candles:

 “See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.  Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Isaiah 60:2-3

I decided to take a closer look at this passage and some of the Hanukkah themes that it contains. Read the rest of this page »

As Hanukkah’s Candles, You are the Light of the World

Hanukah 8In my first blog about Hanukkah, I explored how the Hanukkah candles symbolize our light in the world and how we partner with God to bring light to the darkness.  Our focus was on Isaiah 60:1-3.  As I continued my research into the Hebrew words used in Isaiah 60:1, it gave me a deeper understanding into my true power as a light in the world.

Isaiah 60:1 reads, “Arise, shine; For your light has come!  And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.”  In a literal Hebrew translation, this would read:  “Arise-you! light-up-you! That he-came light-of you and glory-of Yahweh on you he-is-radiant.”

The Hebrew seemed to be a much stronger statement, especially the idea that Yahweh is radiant upon us.  Read the rest of this page »

Our Calling in this Shemitah Year

Man in CloudsIn 2014, the Feast of Trumpets kicked off the Shemitah year.  Nine days later was the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and just three days after that the second of four blood moons occurred.  The Feast of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, the Shemitah year, the tetrad of blood moons – what do all these have to do with each other?  What do they have to do with us?  And what can we do to participate in God’s plan? Read the rest of this page »

Why celebrate all these Jewish holidays? Haven’t those been done away with?

There are seven Feasts or Holy Days commanded in the Bible – four in the Spring, and three in the Fall.  It’s true, Jews had been observing these Feasts for 1,400 years before Yeshua’s birth.  But what if God set those dates as days He intends to fulfill specific prophecies in Yeshua’s lifetime and His second coming?  Wouldn’t you want to know which dates those were?  Let’s recount what happened on the Spring Feast dates during Yeshua’s lifetime. Read the rest of this page »

Preparing for Yom Kippur: 40 Days of Repentance, Part 2

Alignment, Fall FeastsIn Part 1, we looked at the Hebrew understanding of the month of Elul, which begins 40 days before Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement).  From the days of the Israelites in the wilderness, this period has emerged as a Season of Repentance, specifically repentance from idolatry, and originally the idolatrous Golden Calf.

For us it may not be a statue, figurine or carved image, but idolatry can take many forms.  Repentance is an ongoing process of discovery of sin in our lives and realignment with God’s ways.  In my own journey I’ve found four places where idolatry can hide and have watched God realign my life as I walk through each one.  We’ve discussed the first two: discontentment and following my own plans.  Let’s continue with the third:

Fear Read the rest of this page »

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