Scripture for 12.14.2019 – It’s the Sabbath!!

TORAH  –Vayetrel (and he went out)

Genesis 32:4-32

Prophets

1 Samuel 22 & 1 Samuel 23

Wisdom Writing

Psalm of the Day 50

Psalm 92

Proverbs 10:5

The Gospels & Letters

Luke 6

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Scripture for 12.13.2019

TORAH  –Vayetrel (and he went out)

Genesis 31:1 -to Genesis 32:3

Prophets

1 Samuel 21

Wisdom Writing

Psalm of the Day 49

Psalm 93

Proverbs 10:3-4

The Gospels & Letters

Luke 5

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Hanukkah in the New Testament | Chosen People Ministries

Hanukkah is in the Old Testament, right?

Actually, the only time Hanukkah is mentioned in the Bible is in the New Testament. Since Hanukkah took place after the Old Testament was canonized, it is not included therein. The story of Hanukkah takes place in 166-160 BC when the land of Israel was under Greek rule for over 150 years since Alexander the Great took over in 333 BC. Since then, many Jewish people had adopted the Greek culture and ways. However, Antiochus Epiphanes, the current ruler, forbade Jewish festivals and Temple worship and wanted the Jewish people to be fully absorbed into the Greek culture. Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the Greeks and the rededication of the Temple.

So that brings us to the Bible, where is it if it happened after the Old Testament and before the New Testament?

This “festival of lights” is first mentioned in John 10:22

. In this passage, Jesus goes to the Jerusalem Temple to celebrate the Feast of Dedication. Jesus celebrated Hanukkah!

John 10 takes place in the Temple courts, while Jesus observes the feast of Hanukkah. His teaching gathered the Jewish people around him and with great anticipation, they asked Him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” (John 10:24

Interestingly enough, the literal Greek translation reads: “How long will you lift up our souls?” The Jewish people at that time lifted up their souls in hopeful, anxious anticipation for the fulfillment of Messianic prophecies! Today, believers all around the world lift up their hearts and souls to Jesus as we longingly anticipate the day when Jewish people around the world embrace Jesus their Messiah.

We can also marvel at the fact that Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, actually celebrated Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication. This is truly poignant considering that this means Jesus celebrated the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple, which essentially was a grassroots Jewish movement to preserve Jerusalem and the Jewish people from absorbing into the pagan, Hellenistic culture of their time. If the Maccabees had not reclaimed and rededicated the Jewish Temple, Jesus would not have been able to come to a Jewish Temple or a Jewish people!

So in essence, when we celebrate Hanukkah, we also celebrate the divinity of Jesus. During a holiday that celebrates the miracle of light, we celebrate the fact that Jesus came and brings light to the world and to our souls!

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Josephus Maccabees war Against Antiochus and Hannukah

Let’s take a look at Josephus’ history of the Maccabees war against the Antiochus, the Greek ruler who defiled the Temple with the sacrifice of pigs on the altar. We know that our Lord Jesus Christ came not to destroy the law, but to fulfill the Law. It is also true that no one else has or can perfectly fulfill the law, but Him. To do so there had to be a Temple to fulfill that Law. “And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were fulfilled, they brought Him up to Jerusalem, to present Him to the LORD (as is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that openeth the womb, shall be called holy to the LORD) and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the LORD, a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” Luke 2:22-25a

[If you’ve ever wondered where the two turtledoves came from in the song, “On the First day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pair tree (Him, because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators), on the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two turtle doves-then Old and New Testament– although I’d say it represents the required sacrifice for a firstborn child; three French hens stood for faith, hope and love; the four calling birds- Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; five golden rings- The first five books of the Old Testament-the Torah; six geese a laying- Six days of creation; seven swans a swimming-Sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit-prophecy, serving, teaching, exhortation, contribution, leadership and mercy; eight maids a milking are the Eight Beatitudes; nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-charity, joy, peace, patience, forbearance, goodness, kindness, mildness, fidelity, modesty, continency, and chastity; 10 lords a leaping-10 commandments; 11 pipers piping, the eleven faithful apostles, 12 drummers drming symbolizes the twelve points of belief in the Apostles creed).

Luke 2:25b-38

“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death, before he saw the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit to the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, that they might do concerning Him after the custim.of the law, then he received Him into his arms, and blessed God and said,

“Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,

According to Your word;

For my eyes have seen Your salvation

Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,

A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,

And the glory of Your people Israel.”

And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Anna Bears Witness to the Redeemer

Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”

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Scripture for 12.12.2019

TORAH  –Vayetrel (and he went out)

Genesis 30:22-43

Prophets

1 Samuel 20

Wisdom Writing

Psalm of the Day 48

Psalm 81

Proverbs 9:13-18

The Gospels & Letters

Luke 4

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Scripture for 12.11.2019

TORAH  –Vayetrel (and he went out)

Genesis 30:1-21

Prophets

1 Samuel 18 & 1 Samuel 19

Wisdom Writing

Psalm of the Day 47

Psalm 94

Proverbs 9:13-18

The Gospels & Letters

Luke 3

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