Posts Tagged ‘Feast of Dedication’

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!!

Sunday morning I enjoyed teaching at Word Power Church Children’s Ministry. I was excited to teach them about Hanukkah and they were excited to learn.

Whenever we teach, we also learn. If we learn and obey, we grow!

The kids were surprised that there was no more Temple in Jerusalem. We are now the temple of the Holy Spirit. I Corinthians 3:16 reads “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and [that] the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

Just as Antiochus and his group desecrated the Holy Temple of God by sacrificing a pig in the Holy of Holies, we too have allowed and even welcomed things to happen in our life that are so out of the will of the Kingdom of God. Through our eye gate and ear gate we have allowed the powers of darkness too much place in our life.

I am currently rereading the novel “This Present Darkness” by Frank Peretti (1986). When I read this book in the 80’s I was awakened to how the spirit world operated and stirred me up to pray. No other book has made such an impression on me as this book, and rereading it now has alerted me to how easy it is to slip into darkness.

The back cover of this book reads, “Not since The Screwtape Letters has there been a novel with as much insight into spiritual warfare and the necessity of prayer.”

We do not have to work to have weeds grow in our garden, but we have to work to have flowers grow. Weeds naturally happen, just as darkness comes if we do not work to keep our light bright. The Maccabees fought for 3 years to liberate the Holy Temple, then had to work to clean it.

Don’t you think it is time to clean your body, the Temple of God, and rededicate it back to God? Time to get our lights back on!!!!  Remember, there is no power in darkness the greatest power in the universe is in the light. Selah!