Hanukkah · This Shabbat

Hanukkah 

Shabbat Shalom, Friends

Next week is Hanukkah (the Festival of Dedication or Lights). This is my second Hanukkah since I started blogging. If I think back to my first blog posts in mid August 2016, these were simply 3 youtube videos about Jewish believers in Yeshua. Now, it’s 80+ posts later. Thank you for reading my blogposts and visiting my blog. It’s much appreciated. 

There is a reference to Hanukkah found in the New Testament. In Yochanan / John 10:22 to 42, we read about Yeshua’s discussion with unbelievers who wanted to stone him. This occurred during Hanukkah. What stands out for me are the 2 verses found in John 10: 37 and 38: 

22 Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, 

23 and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade. 

24 So the Judeans surrounded him and said to him, “How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us publicly!” 

25 Yeshua answered them, “I have already told you, and you don’t trust me. The works I do in my Father’s name testify on my behalf, 

26 but the reason you don’t trust is that you are not included among my sheep. 

27 My sheep listen to my voice, I recognize them, they follow me, 

28 and I give them eternal life. They will absolutely never be destroyed, and no one will snatch them from my hands. 

29 My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no one can snatch them from the Father’s hands. 

30 I and the Father are one.” 

31 Once again the Judeans picked up rocks in order to stone him. 

32 Yeshua answered them, “You have seen me do many good deeds that reflect the Father’s power; for which one of these deeds are you stoning me?” 

33 The Judeans replied, “We are not stoning you for any good deed, but for blasphemy — because you, who are only a man, are making yourself out to be God [Hebrew: Elohim].” 

34 Yeshua answered them, “Isn’t it written in your Torah, `I have said, “You people are Elohim’ “?h 

35 If he called `elohim’ the people to whom the word of Elohim was addressed (and the Tanakh cannot be broken), 

36then are you telling the one whom the Father set apart as holy and sent into the world, `You are committing blasphemy,’ just because I said, `I am a son of Elohim’? 

37 “If I am not doing deeds that reflect my Father’s power, don’t trust me. 

38 But if I am, then, even if you don’t trust me, trust the deeds; so that you may understand once and for all that the Father is united with me, and I am united with the Father.” 

39One more time they tried to arrest him, but he slipped out of their hands. 

40 He went off again beyond the Yarden, where Yochanan had been immersing at first, and stayed there. 

41 Many people came to him and said, “Yochanan performed no miracles, but everything Yochanan said about this man was true.” 

42 And many people there put their trust in him.

The Father and Yeshua are one. Yeshua has been given all authority from the Father. This resembles the Sh’ma [Hear] (D’varim / Deutoromony 6: 4 )

4 “Sh’ma, Yisra’el! ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad [Hear, Isra’el! ADONAI our God, ADONAI is one];

Furthermore, Hanukkah also makes me think of Mattityahu / Matthew 5:14 to 16:

14 “You are light for the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 

15 Likewise, when people light a lamp, they don’t cover it with a bowl but put it on a lampstand, so that it shines for everyone in the house. 

16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they may see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.

 May the Light of our Salvation shine through out his dark world. 

Have a blessed and peaceful Shabbat!

Random

Jerusalem / ירושלים

 

 

Tehillim / Psalm 122:6 

Pray for shalom in Yerushalayim; may those who love you prosper.

שַׁאֲלוּ, שְׁלוֹם יְרוּשָׁלִָם;    יִשְׁלָיוּ, אֹהֲבָיִךְ.

 

The song “Jerusalem” from the first album of Uzia Zadok ‘Shomer Israel’

Words: From the sources and Sharon Abilach
Music: Sharon Abilhak
Adaptation and musical production: Doron Elimelech

Words:

May peace be in your army, peace in your palaces,
Deep in your heart, your memory is engraved and the tears are flowing by themselves,
For the sake of my brother and my companion I shall speak peace to you,
We will always be with you, together forever.

Today our feet stand at your gates, Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
We have not stopped hoping, we want you, Jerusalem, Jerusalem.

Jerusalem raised mountains around her and the Lord around his people,
Wherever we go, we will continue to read on your behalf, and in the streets of the city to walk.

 

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Yeshua discussed the destruction of the Temple: 17th of Tammuz / Shiv’ah Asar b’Tammuz / שבעה עשר בתמוז‎‎

In Matthew 24: 1 and 2 (CJB), we read that “[a]s Yeshua left the Temple and was going away, his talmidim came and called his attention to its buildings.  But he answered them, “You see all these? Yes! I tell you, they will be totally destroyed — not a single stone will be left standing!”.

Earlier this week, it was the 17th of Tammuz known as Shivah Asar B’Tammuz, is the start of a three-week mourning period for the destruction of Jerusalem and the two Holy Temples. The walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans, in the year 69, after a lengthy siege. (Three weeks later, after the Jews put up a valiant struggle, the Romans destroyed the second Holy Temple on the 9th of Av.) An historical account of the bloody conflict could be found in Josephus (Wars V, VI). The Temple was destroyed on the 10th day of the 5th month, according to Jewish tradition — ironically, the same day of the year upon which Nebuchadnezzar had burned down the first temple, some 656 years earlier!

Although, this period isn’t part of the biblical feasts or appointed times, what is important to note that Yeshua prophesied about this event approximately 40 years before the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Yeshua prophesied about near future and far future events (these far future events are possibly applicable to our times – if you read further in Matthew 24 and Mark 13). I will blog about these at a later date.

Whereas the 17th of Tammuz and the three week period are a day and period of sorrow and mourning; for us believers in Yeshua, it should be a period of joy as Yeshua rebuilt the Temple (i.e his body) within 3 days (John 2:19).