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The 10 Commandments: A List or a Lifestyle? (5-10)

Walk in the WoodsAt the end of Deuteronomy there’s a blessing for those who keep the commandments described throughout the book.  The summary of them is in Deuteronomy 5, known as the 10 Commandments.   But these commands are more than what we typically think of when we hear that reference–more than a list of do’s and don’ts, more than a checklist of how we’ve done in being a good person.  These commandments describe a lifestyle in alignment with God’s character and heart and His will for us.  In this 2-part blog, we’re looking at the lifestyle behind each command to see just how this blessing comes about as we align with Him.  (more…)


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.  (more…)


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. (more…)


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