The Mystical Holy Day of Chanukah

The Mystical Holy Day of Chanukah
By
Robert O. Miller

“For Yahweh, Who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh in the face of Messiah. (2 Corinthians 4:6)”

The purpose of a Holy Day is not merely to commemorate an event or to continue a religious tradition. Rather during a Holy Day Yahweh seeks to connect with His people.

 “And blessed be [Yahweh’s] glorious name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amien and Amien. (Psalm 72:19)”

                Traditionally, Chanukah is associated with the lighting of a special Menorah called a Chanukiah, one candle for each eight nights, which is why it has become known as the Festival of Lights. Chanukah is an observance commemorating the rededication (164 BCE) of the Second Temple of Jerusalem after its desecration three years earlier by order of whom history calls Antiochus Epiphanes (the Great) but whom we like to call Epimanes (the Madman); the Syrian king that was frustrated in his attempt to eradicate the Faith of Yahweh.  Though modern Israel tends to emphasize the military victory of Judas Maccabeus, the distinctive rite of lighting the menorah also recalls the Talmudic story of how the small supply of non-desecrated oil, enough for one day, miraculously burned in the Temple for eight full days until new oil could be obtained (Shabbat 21b, Babylonian Talmud). Beginning on Kislev 25 (Kislev 25 generally falls in December); Chanukah is celebrated for eight days.  In truth, however, we are not celebrating physical light but rather the primordial spiritual light of Glory. 

The Number 8

                In Hebrew the number 8 is “Sh’moneh” from the root word “Shah’meyn” meaning “to grow fat, rich, robust.”   There are some interesting inclusions in the Scriptures dealing with the number 8.

                There were 8 persons saved in Noah’s ark. (1 Peter 3: 20)

                El Shaddai made 8 covenants with Abraham, 7 before Isaac was sacrificed and the 8th after, the resurrection blessing, in Genesis 22: 15 – 18.    

                Abraham had 8 sons, 7 were “born after the flesh” the 8th was “by promise.”

                Circumcision, the sign of the Abrahamic Covenant, was to be performed on the 8th day. (Genesis 27: 12) And as a side note, the blood of an infant does not coagulate without assistance before this day.

                In the Ten Commandments the Heavenly Father’s Name is mentioned 8 times.

                Yahweh commanded Israel to keep the 7th day Sabbath 8 times.

                The first-born was to be given to Yahweh on the 8th day (Exodus 22: 29, 30).

                A’aron and his sons were consecrated as priests on the 8th day (Leviticus 8: 35;  9:1).

                Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) is the only Holy Day kept for 8 days, and “the eighth day shall be a Sabbath. (Leviticus 23: 39)”

                There were 8 pieces of furniture in the Holy Temple: the Ark of the Covenant, the Mercy-seat,

the Altar of Incense, the Candlesticks, the Table of the Bread of the Presence, the Altar of burnt-offering, the Lavers, and the Brazen Sea.

                The “Holy of Holies” was to be a perfect cube, 8 is the first cubic number, 2 x 2 x 2 = 8.

                King David was the 8th son of Yishai (Jesse) according to 1 Samuel 17: 12.

            Elijah the Prophet performed 8 miracles (1 Kings 17, 2, 1; 17: 14 – – 23; 18: 38 – 38, 41 – 45, 2 Kings 1: 10, 12; 2: 8).

                Elisha the Prophet asked for a double portion of Elijah’s anointing (2 Kings 2: 9) and Yahweh honored that request and Elijah did exactly 8 x 2 = 16 miracles (2 Kings 2-13).

                The transfiguration of Rebbe YahShua, the Messiah, took place on the 8th day after he disclosed he had to suffer (Luke 9: 28).

                On the 8th day, the day following the second Sabbath of the seven in the counting to the Feast of Weeks, he appeared to His disciples (John 20: 26).

“The magnificence of Elohim is to hide a word but the honour of kings to search it out. (Proverbs 25: 2)”

The Light of Creation

                The glory of Yahweh is the emanation of the essence of Yahweh in a way similar to the emanation of a flame joined to a coal. 

                The first of Creation was Yahweh’s only begotten Son.  The “First born of creation,” is “the image of the invisible Elohim,” the Son of Yahweh called in the Hebrew the “Adam Kadmon.”

“He is the image (Adam Kadmon) of the invisible Elohim (Ayn Sof), the firstborn over all creation (Son of Yahweh). For through Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.And He is the head of the body, the Assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence (Messiah). (Colossians 1:15-18)”

                The first emanation to show forth out of the Heavenly Father then was the Adam Kadmon, the pre-incarnate Messiah, the Light of Creation. Yahweh the Father, whose knowledge and capacity of knowing is infinite, contemplates eternally His own divine being, His own divine essence. The IDEA or IMAGE or WORD conceived of Himself in His own divine mind is an absolutely perfect living representation of the Father. This living image of Himself which the Father emanated from His divine Person, His bosom, is distinct from the Father but completely dependent on Him. He is the Father’s only-begotten Son. As the writer to the Hebrews expressed it, He is: “the brightness of His glory and the express image of [Yahweh’s] person (Hebrews 1:3).”

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)”

                The Adam Kadmon is the expression of Yahweh’s complete Word.

“Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell? (Proverbs 30:4)”

“But our Elohim is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased. (Psalm 115:3)”

“[Yahweh] has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himselfpurged oursins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. (Hebrews 1:2-4)”

 “In the beginning Elohim created the Heavens and the Earth. (Genesis 1:1)”

“By the word of Yahweh were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. (Psalm 33:6)”

 “In the beginning (Bereshit – origin) was the Word (D’var – expressed word – Torah) and the Word was with Elohim and the Word was Elohim.  The same was in the beginning with Elohim.  All things were made through Him (Torah) and without Him was not anything made that was made.  In Him was life and the life was the light of men.  And that light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.  (John 1:1-5)”

                The darkness referred to is not merely the absence of physical light, but is also SPIRITUAL darkness.  The darkness that existed after the first Angelic Rebellion.  Because of the utter “tohu and bohu,” chaos and destruction, that existed due to Yahweh’s judgment, the first act of Tikkun Yahweh did was, He re-created.  “And the Spirit of Elohim was hovering over the face of the waters. Then Elohim said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.And Elohim saw the light, that it was good (Genesis 1:2, 3)” A light that could create worlds but would never be polluted by them, could bring life yet never be extinguished with it. This light is generated from the place of Yahweh’s infinite goodness, the highest spiritual “World of Atzilut”(emanation). By this light all things exist, physical and spiritual, from a single celled ameba to the Great Blue Whale, from a spec of dirt to our whole Solar System, from the demons and angels to the souls of the prophets.  It is the highest expression of love: unlimited giving without consideration of a response.

“…He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.  (Matthew 5:45)”

                The first thing Elohim brought back to creation was the Divine Light.  Rabbi Michael L. Munk in “The Wisdom of the Hebrew Alphabet” (p.174) refers to it as the “Primeval Light” — and that it was spiritual in nature. It is called in Hebrew Ohr Yashar – the straightforward light. 

                So to celebrate this “Light” we light candles.  Candlelight is the symbol of Yahweh’s Glory. It is how He clothes Himself in creation and reveals Himself as the great giving Soul of the Universe. This light is forever striving upward toward its spiritual source, yet is held below by the fine thin thread of visible existence, the thread of Messiah. Forever striving upward to unite with its source above yet held down by wick and oil. It consumes its fuel with an endless hunger, radiating a soft, friendly glow that dispels the darkness. A light that is a comfort to the lonely, a seductress to the lover, a ray of hope to the lost, and a symbol of illumination to the seeker.

Israel – the Children of Light

“For you are a holy people to Yahweh your Elohim; Yahweh your Elohim has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.Yahweh did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples (Deuteronomy 7:5-7).”

                According to Genesis 49:33-50:3: “…when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people. And Joseph fell upon his father’s face, and wept upon him, and kissed him. And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel. And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.”  Jacob died on the first day of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, and the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.  If you count seventy days from the first day of Sukkot, it falls on the 25th day of Kislev, the first day of Chanukah!!!

                These seventy days rectified the seven days of Creation, including the sin of the Tree of knowledge of Good and Evil.  This is why all the Children of Israel, the chosen of Yahweh, including Moses, King David and the Messiah, all come out of Jacob.  However, the family saw him as Jacob but the world sees Israel and for this reason we are either loved or hated.  In Genesis 44:15 it says a most troubling thing:  “Joseph said to them, “What is this you have done? Don’t you know that a man like me can find things out by divination?”  The word for divining is nachash, the same word as the word for the serpent who seduced Adam and Chavah (Eve) into eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.  Meaning to rectify what was done in the Garden of Eden against us Joseph had to become wise as a serpent.  “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. (Matthew 10:16)”  To combat this kind of evil Joseph was raised to the level of divine wisdom and acted out before the Egyptians the whole story of Messianic Redemption when the brothers ultimately bowed before him and called him Sovereign.  “…then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. (Zechariah 12:10)” 

                Joseph held up the “cup” as a symbol of Wisdom” not the source of Divine Wisdom.  Joseph testified before Egypt where his revelation power came from.  “And Pharaoh summoned Joseph, and they rushed him from the prison…and he came before Pharaoh.” Pharaoh addresses Joseph: “I heard that you can interpret dreams.” Joseph replies, “It is not I, but Elohim who will speak for Pharaoh’s well being.” Joseph does not take personal credit for the dream interpretation but rather says “Elohim has revealed to Pharaoh”.  The “cup” was symbolic of the Holy Grail – the Cup of Covenant.  “Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom. (Matthew 26:27-29)”

                The number “seventy” is especially significant: In the Torah, the number refers to all the nations of the earth. In the Book of Luke Rabbi Silas wants to make it clear that King Messiah YahShua’s mission is to sift the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel from all humankind and not just for the Tribe of Judah, the Jews. In the story that describes the conversation between YahShua and Zacchaeus, we have the statement “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” not who was lost but what was lost, the House of Ephraim, the rest of Israel and their converts.

                Isn’t it interesting that the numerical value of Ner Chanukah (the lights of Chanukah) is the same as the names of Jacob and Joseph combined, 339? The completion of the seventy days of mourning for Jacob or should I say Israel which began on the first day of Sukkot, when the world is judged on whether Yahweh will send the rains for the crops and for life itself or not, goes through the days of teaching the Law of the Jealous Husband in which Yahweh beckons for His long lost Love – Israel and ends on Chanukah which gives us the light from oil – the Light to the World. Oil represents wisdom as a manifestation of the Holy Spirit and the light represents revelation power. “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. (Psalm 36:9)”  During these seventy days all seventy aspects of the soul are brought to completion through our emulating Jacob’s greatness through our study of Torah and coming closer to Yahweh. This is a powerful message. All the Scripture is powerful and speaking to us all the time but we are not listening. The sages said: “The Torah has seventy facets (Zohar, Bereishis 36)” that act on our soul.

“With the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy in all. (Genesis 46:27)”

“[There were] seventy of the elders of Israel… (Exodus 24:1)”

                In Torah, seventy is a mystical number, representing, primarily, wisdom.  That’s why Yahweh first communicated with Abraham in his seventieth year.

                During these seventy days, Rebbe YahShua spoke wisdom to all seventy aspects of the soul. 

The Law of the Jealous Husband (Moshiach ben Yosef)

  • Hosea is the personification of the Jealous Husband
  • Hosea’s wife was an adulteress.
  • Yahweh warns of Judgment.
  • Hosea’s wife, Gomer abandons family.
  • Yahweh heals Hosea’s heart and takes the love away.
  • Yahweh commands Hosea to take his wife back as a show of True Love.
  • Yahweh restores love in Hosea.
  • Yahweh reveals His heart to Hosea.

From Sukkoth (Feast of Tabernacles) to the 1st Day of Chanukah the “Law of the Jealous Husband” was being taught. Though our society takes adultery lightly, it is a serious offence in the eyes of Yahweh.  He listed it right after murder in the Ten Commandments when He says, “You shall not commit murder. You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:13-14)” He made it a capital offence in the Torah, worthy of the death penalty. “The man who commits adultery with another’s wife, even his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.(Leviticus 20:10)”

Yahweh has promised to judge those who are adulterers. “Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the Kingdom of Yahweh? Do not be deceived (misled); neither the impure and immoral… nor adulterers… will inherit or have any share in Kingdom of Yahweh. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)”

“Let marriage be held in honor (esteemed worthy, precious, of great price, and especially dear) in all things. And thus let the marriage bed be undefiled(kept sacred); for Yahweh will judge and punish the unchaste [all guilty of sexual vice] and adulterous. (Hebrews 13:4)”

Adultery is a sin against the Community of Faith for it destroys friendships, marriages, and families, contributing to the destruction of many children’s lives!  It is a hurt that keeps on hurting.

How can one avoid the sin of adultery?  Make a covenant with your eyes.  Do not look to lust. 

“I made a covenant (a dedicated agreement) to my eyes; how then could I look [lustfully] upon a girl? For what portion should I have from Elohim above [if I were lewd], and what heritage from the Almighty on high? Does not calamity [justly] befall the unrighteous, and disaster the workers of iniquity? Does not [Elohim] see my ways and count all my steps? (Job 31:1-4)”

This is in agreement with Torah.  Rebbe YahShua is not teaching anything new.  He is just rightly dividing the Word of Truth.  “You shall not covet your neighbour’s …wife,…or anything that is your neighbour’s (Exodus 20:17).” If we can prevent the lusting in the heart (or the “lustful eye”), the problem of adultery is “nipped in the bud” or should I say “Plucked in the eye!” It is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be cast into hell (Gehenna). (Matthew 5:29)

  “And Yahweh said to Moses, say to the Israelites, ‘If any man’s wife goes astray and commits an offence of guilt against him, and a man lies with her carnally, and it is hidden from the eyes of her husband and it is kept secret though she is defiled, and there is no witness against her nor was she taken in the act, and if the spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he is jealous and suspicious of his wife who has defiled herself–or if the spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he is jealous and suspicious of his wife though she has not defiled herself– then shall the man bring his wife to the priest, and he shall bring the offering required of her, a tenth of an ephah of barley meal; but he shall pour no oil upon it nor put frankincense on it [symbols of favor and joy], for it is a cereal offering of jealousy and suspicion, a memorial offering bringing iniquity to remembrance. And the priest shall bring her near and set her before Yahweh. And the priest shall take holy water [from the sacred laver] in an earthen vessel and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the Tabernacle and put it in the water. And the priest shall set the woman before Yahweh, and let the hair of the woman’s head hang loose, and put the meal offering of remembrance in her hands, which is the jealousy and suspicion offering. And the priest shall have in his hand the (cup of the) water of bitterness that brings the curse. Then the priest shall make her take an oath, and say to the woman, “If no man has lain with you and if you have not gone astray to uncleanness with another instead of your husband, then be free from any effect of this water of bitterness which brings the curse. But if you have gone astray and you are defiled, some man having lain with you beside your husband,” then the priest shall make the woman take the oath of the curse, and say to the woman, “Yahweh make you a curse and an oath among your people when the Lord makes your thigh fall away and your body swell. May this water that brings the curse go into your bowels and make your body swell and your thigh fall away.” And the woman shall say, “Amien! (So let it be, so let it be). The priest shall then write these curses in a book and shall wash them off into the (cup of the) water of bitterness; and he shall cause the woman to drink the water of bitterness that brings the curse, and the water that brings the curse shall enter into her [to try her] bitterly. Then the priest shall take the cereal offering of jealousy and suspicion out of the woman’s hand and shall wave the offering before Yahweh and offer it upon the altar. And the priest shall take a handful of the cereal offering as the memorial portion of it and burn it on the altar, and afterward shall cause the woman to drink the water. And when he has made her drink the water, then if she is defiled and has committed a trespass against her husband, the curse water which she drank shall be bitterness and cause her body to swell and her thigh to fall away, and the woman shall be a curse among her people. But if the woman is not defiled and is clean, then she shall be free [from the curse] and be able to have children. This is the law of jealousy and suspicion when a wife goes aside to another instead of her husband and is defiled, or when the spirit of jealousy and suspicion comes upon a man and he is jealous and suspicious of his wife; then shall he set the woman before Yahweh, and the priest shall execute on her all this law. The [husband] shall be free from iniquity and guilt, and that woman [if guilty] shall bear her iniquity. (Numbers 5:11-31)”

                It was during this time that Rebbe YahShua was teaching the same thing.  His lessons were taken out of the Book of Hosea (Salvation).

The Book of Hosea contains 14 chapters, usually divided by commentators into two unequal sections: chapters 1-3 and chapters 4-14. In chapters 1-3 the prophet likens the relationship between Yahweh and Israel to that of a man who is married to an unfaithful woman. The description of this relationship is personalized—that is, the husband in the book is Hosea himself, and the unfaithful wife is his wife Gomer. The covenant, between Yahweh and Israel, was formerly seen by Israel as based on law, is envisioned by Hosea as a spiritual bond based on love. The remaining chapters consist of short prophecies dealing with the spiritual corruption of the people; the moral unfitness of the kings, priests, and prophets; and the judgment and punishment that result from infidelity and corrupt behavior.

The Adulterous Woman

Early in the morning Rebbe YahShua came to the Mikdash again. The Jewish people came to Him, so He sat down and taught them. While He did this, the Rabbis of the Torah and P’rushim brought to Him a woman arrested during the act of adultery.

This woman whose guilt was not in question was brought before Rebbe YahShua by the members of the Sanhedrin who had this woman in custody on their way to bringing her to the High Priest and the Bitter Cup.

They put her out front and said to Rebbe YahShua, “Rabbi, this woman was arrested during the very act of adultery. They ask him, “What is your rendering or halacha that we should do to this woman?”  Now Moshe in the Torah commanded us, that such a person should be stoned, but what do you say?”

They said this to test Him, thinking they might get a cause to accuse Him. But Rebbe YahShua stooped down and wrote in the dust (from the Tabernacle) with His finger as though He didn’t hear them.

It appears that Rebbe YahShua is on the horns of a dilemma.  If he lets her go He is damned for He has broken Torah.  If He convicts her He is damned because it is not in His authority because He is not then a High Priest nor a judge.   Rather he does a unique thing, He writes in the dust.  

(“And the priest shall bring her near and set her before Yahweh. And the priest shall take holy water [from the sacred laver] in an earthen vessel and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the Tabernacle…The priest shall then write these curses in a book and shall wash them off into the (cup of the) water of bitterness; and he shall cause the woman to drink the water of bitterness that brings the curse.”)

But they continued to ask Him, so He stood up and said, “The one among you who has no sin is the one who must throw a stone at her first.” Then He stooped down and wrote on the ground again. Rebbe YahShua began to write the offences that Israel had committed against Yahweh.

(“Therefore, O harlot [Israel], hear the word of Yahweh! Thus says Yahweh Elohim: Because your brass [coins and gifts] and your filthiness were emptied out and your nakedness uncovered through your harlotries with your lovers, and because of all the [filthy] idols of your abominations, and the blood of your children that you gave to them, therefore behold, I will gather all your lovers with whom you have taken pleasure, and all those whom you have loved with all those whom you have hated; I will even gather them [the allies you have courted] against you on every side and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness [making you, Israel, an object of loathing and of mockery, a spectacle among the nations]. And I Yahweh will judge you as women who break wedlock and shed blood are judged, and I will bring upon you the blood of [your divine Husband’s] wrath and jealousy.” (Ezekiel 16)

As he wrote He began to verbalize them.  “They listened to Him, and then they began going out, conscience-stricken, one by one, from the oldest down to the last one of them, till Rebbe YahShua was left alone, with the woman standing there before Him in the center of the court.”

Then Rebbe YahShua got up and said to the woman, ‘Woman, where are your accusers? Have you no husband to condemned you?”  Where was her husband?  She was caught in the very act of adultery, why doesn’t her husband bring charges on her.  He is the only one who can!  “Because he has brought an evil reputation upon a virgin of Israel. And she shall be his wife; he may not (bring charges) divorce her all his days.”  He was not there because she was falsely accused before.

She responds to Rebbe YahShua by accepting Him as her King. “No one, Adonai! And Rebbe YahShua said, I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.”

Israel was that adulterous woman.  “Again the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know, understand, and realize her [idolatrous] abominations [that they] are disgusting, detestable, and shamefully vile.

“And say, Thus says Yahweh Elohim to Jerusalem [representing Israel]: Your [spiritual] origin and your birth are thoroughly Canaanitish; your [spiritual] father was an Amorite and your [spiritual] mother a Hittite.And as for your birth, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt or swaddled with bands at all. No eye pitied you to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you; but you were cast out in the open field, for your person was abhorrent and loathsome on the day that you were born.

And when I passed by you and saw you rolling about in your blood, I said to you in your blood, Live! Yes, I said to you still in your natal blood, Live! I caused you [Israel] to multiply as the bud which grows in the field, and you increased and became tall and you came to full maidenhood and beauty; your breasts were formed and your hair had grown, yet you were naked and bare. Now I passed by you again and looked upon you; behold, you were maturing and at the time for love, and I spread My Talit over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I plighted My troth to you and entered into a covenant with you, says Yahweh, and you became Mine (at Sinai).

Then I washed you with water (Mikveh); yes, I thoroughly washed away your [clinging] blood from you and I anointed you with oil.

I clothed you also with embroidered cloth and shod you with [fine] leather; and I girded you about with fine linen and covered you with silk.

I decked you also with ornaments and I put bracelets on your wrists and a chain on your neck. And I put a ring on your nose and earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown upon your head!

Thus you were decked with gold and silver, and your raiment was of fine linen and silk and embroidered cloth; you ate fine flour and honey and oil. And you were exceedingly beautiful and you prospered into royal estate.

And your renown went forth among the nations  (as a chosen people) for your beauty, for it was perfect through My majesty and splendour (glory) which I had put upon you, says the Yahweh Elohim.

But you trusted in and relied on your own beauty and were unfaithful to Elohim and played the harlot [in idolatry] because of your renown, and you poured out your fornications upon anyone who passed by [as you worshiped the idols of every nation which prevailed over you] and your beauty was his.

And you took some of your garments and made for yourself gaily decorated high places or shrines and played the harlot on them–things which should not come and that which should not take place.

You did also take your fair jewels and beautiful vessels of My gold and My silver which I had given you and made for yourself images of men, and you played the harlot with them;

And you took your embroidered garments and covered them and set My oil and My incense before them.

My bread also which I gave you–fine flour and oil and honey with which I fed you–you have even set it before the idols for a sweet odor. Thus it was, says the Yahweh Elohim.

Moreover, you have taken your sons and your daughters whom you have borne to Me, and you have sacrificed them [to your idols] to be destroyed. Were your harlotries too little, that you have slain My children and delivered them up, in setting them apart and causing them to pass through the fire for [your idols]?

And in all your abominations and idolatrous whoredoms you have not [earnestly] remembered the days of your youth when you were naked and bare, rolling about in your natal blood.

And after all your wickedness–Woe, woe to you! says the Yahweh Elohim– You have built also for yourself a vaulted chamber (brothel) and have made a high place [of idol worship] in every street. At every crossway you built your high place [for idol worship] and have made your beauty an abomination [abhorrent, loathsome, extremely disgusting, and detestable]; and you have made your body available to every passer-by and multiplied your [idolatry and spiritual] harlotry.

You have also played the harlot with the Egyptians, your neighbours, [by adopting their idolatries] whose worship is thoroughly sensuous, and you have multiplied your harlotry to provoke Me to anger. Behold therefore, I have stretched out My hand against you, diminished your ordinary allowance of food, and delivered you over to the will of those who hate and despise you, the daughters of the Philistines, who turned away in shame from your despicable policy and lewd behaviour [for they are faithful to their gods]!

You played the harlot also with the Assyrians because you were insatiable; yes, you played the harlot with them, and yet you were not satisfied.

Moreover, you multiplied your harlotry with the land of trade, with Chaldea, and yet even with this you were not satisfied. How weak and spent with longing and lust is your heart and mind, says the Yahweh Elohim, seeing you do all these things, the work of a bold, domineering harlot, in that you build your vaulted place (brothel) at the head of every street and make your high place at every crossing. But you were not like a prostitute because you did not ask for pay.

Rather, you were as an adulterous wife who receives strangers instead of her husband! Men give gifts to all harlots, but you give your gifts to all your lovers and hire them, bribing [the nations to ally themselves with you], that they may come to you on every side for your harlotries (your idolatrous unfaithfulnesses to Elohim).

And you are different [the reverse] from other women in your harlotries, in that nobody follows you to lure you into harlotry and in that you give hire when no hire is given you; and so you are different.

Therefore, O harlot [Israel], hear the word of Yahweh! Thus says Yahweh Elohim: Because your brass [coins and gifts] and your filthiness were emptied out and your nakedness uncovered through your harlotries with your lovers, and because of all the [filthy] idols of your abominations, and the blood of your children that you gave to them, therefore behold, I will gather all your lovers with whom you have taken pleasure, and all those whom you have loved with all those whom you have hated; I will even gather them [the allies you have courted] against you on every side and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness [making you, Israel, an object of loathing and of mockery, a spectacle among the nations]. And I Yahweh will judge you as women who break wedlock and shed blood are judged, and I will bring upon you the blood of [your divine Husband’s] wrath and jealousy.And I will also give you into the hand of those [your enemies], and they shall throw down your vaulted place (brothel) and shall demolish your high places [of idolatry]; they shall strip you of your clothes and shall take your splendid jewels and leave you naked and bare. They shall also bring up a company against you, and they shall stone you with stones and hew down and thrust you through with their swords. And they shall burn your houses with fire and execute judgments upon you before the eyes of many women spectators [the nations]. And I will cause you to cease playing the harlot, and you also shall give hire no more.

So will I make My wrath toward you to rest and My jealousy shall depart from you [My adulterous wife], and I will be quiet and will be no more angry. Because you have not [earnestly] remembered the days of your youth but have enraged Me with all these things, therefore behold, I also will bring your deeds down on your own head, says Yahweh Elohim. Did you not commit this lewdness above and in addition to all your other abominations? Behold, everyone who uses proverbs will use this proverb against you: As is the mother, so is her daughter. You are your [spiritual] mother’s daughter who loathed her husband and her children, and you are the sister of your sisters who loathed their husbands and their children. Your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite. And your elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters who dwelt in the north and at your left hand; and your younger sister who dwelt in the south and at your right hand is Sodom and her daughters. Yet you were not satisfied to walk after their ways or to do after their abominations, but very soon you were more corrupt in all your ways than they were [for your sin, as those taught of Elohim, is far blacker than theirs].

As I live, says the Yahweh Elohim, Sodom your sister has not done, she nor her daughters, as you have done, you and your daughters. Behold, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: pride, overabundance of food, prosperous ease, and idleness were hers and her daughters’; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abominable offences before Me; therefore I removed them when I saw fit.

Neither has Samaria committed half of your sins, but you have multiplied your [idolatrous] abominations more than they and have seemed to justify your sisters [Samaria and Sodom] in all their wickedness by all the abominable things which you have done–you even make them appear righteous in comparison with you. Take upon you and bear your own shame and disgrace [in your punishment], you also who called in question and judged your sisters, for you have virtually absolved them by your sins in which you behaved more abominably than they; they are more right than you. Yes, be ashamed and confounded and bear your shame and disgrace, you also, for you have seemed to justify your sisters and make them appear righteous. I will restore them again from their captivity, restore the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters and the fortunes of Samaria and her daughters, and I will restore your own fortunes in the midst of them [in the day of Yahweh],that you [Judah], amid your shame and disgrace, may be compelled to recognize your wickedness and be thoroughly ashamed and confounded at all you have done, becoming [converted and bringing] consolation and comfort to [your sisters.] And your sisters, Sodom and her daughters shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate; then you and your daughters shall return to your former estate. For was your sister Sodom not mentioned by you [except] as a byword in the day of your pride, before your own wickedness was uncovered? Now you have become like her, an object of reproach and a byword for the daughters of Syria and of Edom and for all who are round about them and for the daughters of the Philistines (Palestinians) –those round about who despise you. You bear the penalty of your lewdness and your [idolatrous] abominations, says the Yahweh.

Yes, thus says Yahweh Elohim: I will even deal with you as you have done, who have despised the oath in breaking the covenant; nevertheless, I will [earnestly] remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth and I will establish with you an everlasting covenant.Then you will [earnestly] remember your ways and be ashamed and confounded when you shall receive your sisters, both your elder and your younger; I will give them to you as daughters, but not on account of your covenant [with Me].And I will establish My covenant with you, and you shall know (understand and realize) that I am Yahweh,That you may [earnestly] remember and be ashamed and confounded and never open your mouth again because of your shame, when I have forgiven you all that you have done, says the Yahweh Elohim. (Ezekiel 16)”

It is true because Israel played the whore against Yahweh He wrote her a bill of divorcement.

“…I saw, even though [Judah knew] that for this very cause of committing adultery (idolatry) I [Yahweh] had put faithless Israel away and given her a bill of divorce; yet her faithless and treacherous sister Judah was not afraid, but she also went and played the harlot [following after idols]. (Jeremiah 3:8)”

                Yahweh did write a bill of divorcement but there was a not a judge who dared ratify the divorce.  Yahweh knew that Israel was not a virgin when He married her.  So, He does not go through with the divorce.

“Has Yahweh totally rejected and disowned His people? Of course not! …No, Yahweh has not rejected and disowned His people [whose destiny] He had marked out and appointed and foreknown from the beginning. (Romans 11:1,2)”

“Thus says Yahweh: Where is the bill of your mother’s divorce with which I put her away, O Israel? Or which of My creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities you were sold, and for your transgressions was your mother put away. (Isaiah 50:1)”

                This is why YahShua came to drink the Bitter Cup for Israel.

“Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but [always] Yours be done. And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him in spirit. (Matthew 26:38-40& Luke 22:41-43)”

Now Israel stands at YahShua’s feet and He asks, ‘Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man (husband) condemned you? She answered, No one, Adonai! And Rebbe YahShua said, I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.”

“There is now no condemnation (no guilt) for those who are in Messiah YahShua, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.For the Spirit of Torah is life [which is] in Messiah YahShua [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death. (Romans 8:1,2)”

King Messiah YahShua would not ratify the divorce but He did ratify the New Covenant! (Matthew 26:28)

“Turn, O backsliding children, saith Yahweh; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: and I will give you Pastors according to My heart which shall feed you with Knowledge & understanding (Jeremiah 3:14,15).”

“Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt (Deuteronomy 29-30), My covenant which they broke, although I was their Husband, says Yahweh. But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel: After those days, says Yahweh, I will put My Torah within them, and on their hearts will I write it; and I will be their Elohim, and they will be My people. And they will no more teach each man his neighbour and each man his brother, saying, Know (yada – be intimate with) Yahweh, for they will all know Me [be intimate with Me], from the least of them to the greatest, says Yahweh. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will [seriously] remember their sin no more (Jeremiah 31:31-34)”

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. I will give her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt…I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know Yahweh. (Hosea 2:14,15, 19,20)”

The Light of the World

Then Rebbe YahShua did a strange thing He turned and faced the Outer Court of the Temple (where the Gentiles were) and said to those there, “I am the Light of the world. The one who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8 :12)

Some P’rushim said, “You are testifying on your own behalf, so your testimony is not to be remembered.”

“Even though I testify concerning myself, my testimony is the remembrance,” Rebbe YahShua replied. “For I have seen the place from where I come and where I will go, but you have not seen the place from where I come and where I will go. You discriminate by using the flesh. I discriminate against no one. Yet if I do discriminate, my decision is the remembrance, for I am not alone. I have Abba, who sent me. “[Messiah] was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him…(John 1:9,10,)”

Rebbe YahShua said that before the restor[ation of] the Kingdom [of] Israel could happen the Full Messianic Message of the Kingdom must be preached to the Majority of the whole world. “…this full Messianic message of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Matthew 24:14)” “…ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)”

“…Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father, by authority of the Son through the inspiration of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. (Matthew 28:19)”

                The Full Messianic Message of the reality of the Kingdom is a message only the Commonwealth of Israel can declare!  It is commanded that we fulfill our roles as a Kingdom of Priests (Exodus 19:6 & 1 Peter 2:9) by preaching this truth to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel. “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the full message! (Isaiah 52:7)” (Romans 10:14,15)”

“These twelve Rebbe YahShua sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. (Matthew 10:5-7)” 

“…He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Adon, help me. (Matthew 15:24,25)”

“I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will hear to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. (John 10:16)”

You Are the Light of the World – External Influence

“You are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)”

“…the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light. (Luke 16:8)”

“If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength; but wisdom brings success. (Ecclesiastes 10:10)”

                While light dispels darkness, it can also be so “blinding” as to confuse and frustrate. We are admonished to let our light so shine that our fellows will be guided into new and godly paths of righteous illuminated living. Our light should so shine as not to attract attention to self. Rather we are to reflect the light of Messiah for He is the source.

“[Messiah] was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him…(John 1:9,10,)”

“He who believes in [Messiah] is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of Yahweh. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. (John 3:18-20)”

“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (John 9:5)”

                Messiah has now ascended to the right-hand of the Father as our High Priest and has commissioned us to be His lights.

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of Yahweh without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the Word of Life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Messiah that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. (Philippians 2:14-16)”

“A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5:15)”

                Over looking Capernaum and most of the Sea of Galilee is Sefat, which means “view,” Israel’s mystical city was where the School of the Prophets was located.  The town is aptly named; the view is magnificent.  Being the home of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yechoi, the author of the Zohar, Sefat is a stronghold of Jewish mystical tradition.  It was against this backdrop Rebbe YahShua commissions us to be mystical lights of the full mysteries of Yahweh’s Word.

“[Messiah] said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables (Mark 4:11)”

“Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my Full Message and the preaching of Messiah YahShua, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world beganbut now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting Elohim, for obedience to the faith—(Romans 16:25,26)”

                A light is not a light unless it shines in the darkness.  People never buy a light without purpose…

“Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)”

We must search out the lost sheep from the rest of humanity to save them, for this is the severity of our message, you cannot be saved unless you’re are part of the Commonwealth of Israel. Without your place in the Commonwealth “…you [are] without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without Yahweh in the world. (But if you will accept the Kingdom and its King you will receive salvation through the shed blood of our Messiah) But now in Messiah YahShua you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Messiah. (Ephesians 2:1-13)”

            Yahweh has already predestined the Majority to be part of the Remnant.  “For He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love hepredestined us to be adopted as his sons through Messiah YahShua, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. (Ephesians 1:4-6)”

The Blinded Eyes Healed – The Law of the Redeemer (Moshiach ben Adon)

  • Yahweh is in control.
  • Healing is for the glory of Yahweh.
  • Messiah brings light of revelation concerning Torah.

When Rebbe YahShua was walking by a place He saw a man who was blind since his birth. So His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, what sin caused this? Was it this man’s fault or his parent’s fault that he was born blind?”

“It was not his fault nor His parents,” YahShua answered, “but rather, it is so the works of Elohim would be manifested in him. I must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day. The night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” (John 9:5)

Then He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva. He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay and said to him, “Go. Wash in the pool of Shalo-am, [Sent to the people].” The man went and washed, then returned able to see.

The neighbors and those who had known before that the man was blind, said, “Isn’t this the one who sat and begged?”

Some said, “This is the one!” Others said, “This one looks like him.”

Then the man said, “I am the one!”

Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes healed?”

He answered, “A man called YahShua made clay and anointed mine eyes, then said to me, “Go to the pool of Shalo-am and wash, so I went and washed and then I could see!”

They asked, “Where is YahShua?”

“I don’t know,” He answered.

So they then brought the formerly blind man to some of the P’rushim. It was the Shabbat when YahShua made the clay and healed the man’s eyes. These P’rushim asked the man how he had received his sight. He told them, “YahShua put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I see.”

Some of the P’rushim argued, “This man is not of Elohim, because he does not keep the Shabbat.”

Others of the P’rushim countered, “Then how can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?”

This caused a division among them, so they said to the blind man again, “What do you say about him, since he has healed your eyes?”

“He is a prophet,” he answered.

But certain leading Yehudim did not believe the report that he had been blind and then received his sight, until they called his parents. They asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How come he now is able to see?”

His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind, but by what means he now can see we do not know, nor who has healed his eyes. He is of age, so ask him. He will speak for himself.”

His parents spoke this way because they were afraid of the leading YaHudim, because some had already agreed, that if any man confessed that YahShua was the Moshiach, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age. Ask him.”

Then again they called the man who was blind and said unto him, “Give Elohim the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.”

The formerly blind man answered, “Whether or not he is a sinner I don’t know, but one thing I do know: I once was blind and now I see.”

Then they asked him again, “What did he do to you? How did he heal your eyes?”

“I have told you already,” he answered. “And you did not shema it. Why do you want to hear it again? Will you also become his disciples?”

Then they rebuked him, “You are his disciple, but we are Moshe’s disciples. We know that Elohim spoke to Moshe. As for this fellow, we don’t know where he is from.”

The man said, “Wow! This is an amazing thing! You do not know where he is from, and yet he has healed my eyes! We know that Elohim does not hear sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of Elohim, and does His will, He hears them. Since the world began it has not been heard that any man healed the eyes of someone who was born blind. If this man was not of Elohim, he could not do anything!”

They countered him, saying “You were altogether born in sins, so do you teach us?” Then they threw him out {of the synagogue}.

Rebbe YahShua heard that they had thrown him out, so when He found him He asked him, “Do you trust in the Son of Elohim?”

“Who is he, Adonai, that I may trust in him?” he answered.

“You have seen him and it is he who is talking with you,” explained Rebbe YahShua.

Then he said, “Adonai, I trust!” and the man worshiped Him.

Rebbe YahShua said, “I have come into this world to make a distinction, that those who do not see might see, and that those who see might be made blind.”

Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words and said to him, “Are we blind also?”

“If you were blind you would have no sin,” Rebbe YahShua replied, “but since you say, ‘We see’ your sin remains. It is also written in the Torah, ‘the testimony of two men is remembered.’ I am one who testifies about myself and Abba who sent me also testifies about me.”

Then they asked, “Where is your father?”

Rebbe YahShua answered, “You have not seen me or Avi. If you had seen me, you would have seen my Father also. I go my way, yet you will continue to worship while you plot against me, and you will die in your sins. You cannot come where I am going.”

The leaders questioned among themselves, “Will he kill himself?”

Rebbe YahShua said, “You are from below, while I am from above. You belong to this world, while I am not from this world. For this reason I told you that you will die in your sins, for if you do not trust that I am He, you shall die in your sins.”

“Who are you?” they asked.

“I am the One who was spoken to you from the beginning,” YahShua answered. “I have many things to say and much to judge. He who sent me is remembered. I speak to the world those things which I have heard from Him.”

However, they didn’t understand that He was speaking about Abba.

Then Rebbe YahShua said, “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will perceive that I am He, and that I do nothing from myself. As Avi has taught me, I speak these things. And He who sent me is with me. Abba has not left me alone, because I always do those things which please Him.”

As Rebbe YahShua spoke many YaHudim (Jewish people) trusted who He was. To those YaHudim who trusted who He was He said, “If you stand on my Word, then you are my validated disciples. Then you will know the remembrance, and the remembrance will liberate you.”

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the Full Messianic Message, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes. For the gifts and calling of Yahweh are without repentance. (Romans 11:25-29)”

                Remember when Rav Yochannan ben Zakki HaKohen wondered about Rebbe YahShua because He entered the Temple: “Now when Yochanan had heard in the prison the deeds (mitzvoth) of the Moshiach (Messiah), he sent two of his talmidim (disciples) (Symbolic of inquiring Judah and Ephraim), and said to Him, ‘Are You the One that should come, or do we look for another? Rebbe YahShua answered and said to them, ‘Go and show Rav Yochanan again those things that you do hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the besorah proclaimed to them and are acquitted. (Isaiah 35:5-6; 61:1) And blessed is he, who shall not be offended by Me. (Matthew 11:2-6)”  Messiah was saying that He had come to open the eyes of blind Judah and heal crippled Ephraim and the true sheep hear His call having their ears opened all because the Full Messianic Message is being preached to the poor in spirit – the repentant.

The Law of the Good Shepherd (Moshiach ben David)

  • Messiah is the door to Yahweh.
  • Messiah is the ransom for the sheep.
  • Messiah is the Shepherd of the Nations.
  • Believe on the Messiah and you will never parish.

“… Rebbe YahShua answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice. (John 18:37)”

“Amien, amien! I tell you, the one who does not enter by the door into the sheepfold, but instead climbs up some other way, that one is a thief and a robber. But the one who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter opens and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he takes out his own sheep, he goes in front of them and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, rather they will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Rebbe YahShua spoke this parable, but they did not understand the things which He was speaking to them.

Then Rebbe YahShua spoke to them again, “Amien, amien! I tell you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came ahead of me {announcing they were Moshiach} are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not shema them. I am the door. If anyone enters in through me he will be preserved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes for no other reason than to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it with overflowing abundance. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. The one who is a hired hand, and not the shepherd who owns the sheep, when he sees the wolf coming he leaves the sheep in a hurry. Then the wolf catches them and the sheep scatter. The hired hand leaves in a hurry because he is only a hired hand and does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd and I know my sheep, and I am known by my own. As Abba knows me, so also I know Abba, and I lay down my life for the sheep. I also own other sheep who are not of this fold. I must also bring them along. They will also shema my voice, and the result will be one fold and one shepherd.

“Avi loves me because I lay down my life, so that I might regain it. No one takes it from me, rather, I myself lay it down. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to regain it. This commandment I have received from Avi.” {In this Rebbe YahShua affirmed that the commandments of Yahweh are given along with the ability to perform them.}

As a result of these words there arose once again a division among the leaders of the YaHudim. Some of them said, “He has a deceiving spirit and is mad! Why do you shema him?”

Others of them argued back, “These are not the words of someone who has a deceiving spirit! Can a deceiving spirit heal the eyes of the blind?””

“Yahweh is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of Yahweh for ever. (Psalm 23)”

A Messianic Chanukah

Now it was time for the Feast of Chanukah in the winter, and YahShua walked in the Mikdash around the part called King Shlomo’s portico. Then some of the leaders of the YaHudim came around Him and questioned Him, “How long will you cause us to doubt? If you are Moshiach declare it plainly to us.”

Rebbe YahShua answered them, “I told you, yet you did not trust it. The deeds which I do in Avi’s Name, they witness concerning who I am. You do not trust because you are not among my sheep. As I told you, my sheep shema my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. To them I give eternal life and they will never perish, neither will anyone remove them from my hand. Avi, who gave them to me, is greater than anyone, and no one is able to remove them from Avi’s hand. Avi and I are Echad [One].”

Then some of the leaders of the YaHudim picked up stones to throw at Him. “Many good works I have showed you from Avi, for which one of those deeds do you stone me?” Rebbe YahShua remarked.

They said, “We do not stone you for a good work, but rather for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself out to be Elohim.”

Rebbe YahShua answered them, “Is it not written in the Torah, ‘I say, you are elohim?’ If he called those ‘elohim’ to whom the Word of Elohim came, and the scripture cannot be broken, how can you say concerning the one Abba has set apart from Himself and sent into the world, ‘You blaspheme,’ simply because I said, ‘I am the Son of Elohim?’ If I do not do the deeds of Avi, then do not trust me. But if I do them, though you do not trust me {because of the way I look to you}, trust in the {miraculous} deeds. You should understand by those and trust that Abba is in me, and I am in Him!”

There they tried again to take hold of Him, but He escaped out of their grip and went away beyond the Yarden River again into the place where Yochanan first performed the mikveh. He found shelter there and many congregated to Him. They were saying, “Yochanan did no miracle, but all the things that Yochanan spoke about this man were true.” Many trusted in YahShua there.

“He who believes in [Messiah] is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of Yahweh.And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. (John 3:18-20)”

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of Yahweh is risen upon thee.  For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but Yahweh shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.  Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. (Isa. 60:1-5)”

“Do all things without complaining and disputing,that you may become blameless and harmless, children of Yahweh without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,holding fast the Word of Life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Messiah that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. (Philippians 2:14-16)”

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5:14,15)”

“Once in while, you get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if you look at it right.” (“Scarlet Begonias” by The Grateful Dead)

Originally written by Rabbi Robert O. Miller on Dec. 31 2005
(Robert Owen Miller 1957-2021)

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