Hanukkah 2012 – Day 6

Posted: December 13, 2012 in Holidays- Holy Days
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Exodus 10:21, Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.”

The Book of Jasher records, “”And God sent darkness upon Egypt, that the whole land of Egypt and Patros became dark for three days, so that a man could not see his hand when he lifted it to his mouth.” Now that is dark! This darkness was so thick that they could not light any light to overcome the darkness!

Rashi taught that “the darkness intensified and became so palpable that the Egyptians literally could not more, ‘One who was sitting could not stand and one who was standing could not sit.'”

Exodus 10:21, They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.

I was enjoying my Hanukkiyah (Hanukkah candle holder) Tuesday night at home, the 4th day of Hanukkah. I did not have much light on in the room and the four candles were so beautiful and lit the room. There was no hindrance, no wind blowing on it, and as I watched the Ruach HaChodesh (Holy Spirit) brought so many scriptures to my mind about Jesus being the Light of the world, about us now being a light and to not allow our light to be hidden.

One of the traditions of lighting the Hanukkiyah is to let it shine out your window to share with the world.  I brought my Hanukkiyah to Word Power Church for Wednesday night but it did not have the same effect, even with five candles lit. All the lights were on in the room and the Hanukkiyah was under the air vent, blowing hard on the candles so they burned out fast.

The world is so much darker now than when I was young. It is getting darker because we are closing into the end of this age. We are the light of the world (Mt 5:14) and our light must shine to the world. John 1 records Jesus who came to be the Light of the world, and the world could not comprehend it. That means, nothing in the kingdom of darkness was ever able to ‘put out the light, extinguish it, lay hold of, understand’.

In Exodus we see that the world as they knew it was about to change. Many miracles for God’s chosen people accompanied the plagues that were experienced in Egypt. One of the plagues was darkness that was so thick it could be felt.

Proverbs 4:18, “The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.” Walk and live as children of the light!!

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