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~WELCOME~I hope you find this blog to be a place you enjoy returning to time and again! The purpose of this blog is to share my personal walk with Yeshua and how it has changed over the years. I would also like to share my passion for Scripture, truth, music, my heart and my hope! Join me as we dive into Scripture and explore the roots of our faith, and it's Hebrew origins. My hope is to encourage everyone to search the Scriptures to prove ALL things!

12/28/2012

Shabbat Shalom :)

Read along with this weeks Torah portion
Vayechi | ויחי | "He lived " 
 Torah: Genesis 47:28-50:26
 Prophets: 1 Kings 2:1-12
 Gospel: Luke 4:31-5:11  

12/25/2012

Origins of Christmas and Easter

Good information~take a look :)
 

12/11/2012

Shabbat Shalom

Shalom Shalom, 
I am going to take the rest of the week off and some into next week too, to spend with my family. I pray you have a great Chanukkah and I should be back around the 27th or so :)

Here is the next two weeks worth of Torah portions in case you are following along:

This weeks(December 14)
Miketz | מקץ | "From the end "
 Torah: Genesis 41:1-44:17
 Prophets: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
 Gospel: Luke 4:16-31

Next weeks(December 21)
 Vayigash | ויגש | "He approached "
Torah: Genesis 44:18-47:27
Prophets: Ezekiel 37:15-28
Gospel: John 5:1-47 
 

12/07/2012

Chag Chanukkah Sameach /Shabbat Shalom


Chanukkah starts tomorrow evening(Dec8~16)

To Celebrate or not to Celebrate that seems to be the question theses days. Personally I think we can go crazy trying to figure out whether it is acceptable to YHVH or not. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with remembering a day in which YAH brought about victory through the courage of a few men(the Maccabees) especially since History has a way of repeating itself. This story then become a great reminder of YAH's ability to SAVE HIS people :)

If other things have been added since that are fictional or commercial then get rid of those things and focus on what is REAL and TRUE. (Philippians. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things)


Is it Chanukkah or Hanukkah? Well below is a cute little video/song that will answer that question :)


 
What is it? Chanukkah, is the 8 day festival of re-dedication, it is also known as the festival of lights. In Hebrew, the word "chanukkah" means "dedication." The name reminds us that this holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E.

Want to know more about the History of Chanukkah?
You can read the story of the Maccabees by CLICKING HERE 

It is also written about by the ancient Jewish Historian Flavius Josephus, in his book Jewish Antiquities XII. Check it out :)

Did Yeshua observe Chanukkah? Well, many people will say yes, perosnally I couldn't say for sure but we do know that he was in the Temple during the Festival form these verses~ John 10:22-23 It was the Feast of Hanukkah at Yerushalayim.  23 It was winter, and Yeshua was walking in the temple, in Shlomo's porch.

Why 8 days, a nine branch menorah and what miracle? 
Well, because it took 8 days to rededicate the Temple. The meaning of the number "Eight" in Scripture is "New Beginnings", makes sense right! There are also some who say that it is really the belated celebration of Sukkot(another 8 day feast) Possible~ I guess?  

The "STORY" and "TRADITION" of  lighting a 9 branch menorah (called a Chanukkia) is because once the Maccabees were victorious and began cleaning up the Temple, it is said they found only one small jar of oil (only enough for one day of eight to rededicate the Temple). It is said that the one jar of oil Miraculously lasted all eight nights, completing the re-dedication. Thus why they say that a miracle happened there. 

This is why the dreidel(toy top) is marked with four Hebrew letters: Nun, Gimel, Hei and Shin. These letters stand for the Hebrew phrase "Nes Gadol Hayah Sham", a great miracle happened there, referring to the miracle of the oil. 

Is this story true or fiction? I don't know. But what I DO KNOW is that anything is possible with YAH!
  
What was the "REAL MIRACLE"?
The real miracle of Chanukkah is that a few men, with YAH on their side, triumphed over a multitude of powerful enemies. It is a good thing to remember seeing as how History has a way of repeating itself.  

So Remember this:  “YHVH’s people + YHVH = VICTORY!! HalleluYAH!!!!

~Scripture says that Yeshua is the LIGHT of the world, and so are we~

John 8:12 ~Again, therefore, Yeshua spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life."

John 9:5~ While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

Mathew 5:14 says ~You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can't be hidden.

 ~We also know through the Scriptures that WE are the TEMPLE~

1 Corinthians 3:16~  
Don't you know that you are a temple of El(God), and that El's(God's) Spirit lives in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.

1 Corinthians 6:19~ 

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [which is] in you, which ye have of El(God), and ye are not your own?

2 Corinthians 6:16~And what agreement hath the temple of El(God) with idols? for ye are the temple of the living El(God); as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their El(God), and they shall be my people.(Ezekiel  37:27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their El(God), and they shall be my people)


~I see Chanukkah as a beautiful picture~  
As we light a candle each night the Menorah illuminates more and more of the darkness(of course the world and sin are the darkness).

So that by the eighth night, if we have spent time rededicating/cleansing Our Temple(Ourselves) we can now be a MUCH BRIGHTER MORE EFFECTIVE "LIGHT" to this world for Yeshua. 

There is so much more I could go into on this Festival, but I tried to make it brief and to the point as I could. I think the point is to "BE A LIGHT" wherever you are and to whom ever you are around :)

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach Channukah!!!



Read along with this weeks Torah Portion: 
Vayeshev | וישב | "He settled " 
Torah: Genesis 37:1-40:23 
Prophets: Amos 2:6-3:8 
Gospel/Brit: John 2:13-4:42