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The Light to the Nations
The Light to the Nations

“It is not enough that you are merely my servant to raise up the tribes of Ya‘akov (Jacob)  and restore the offspring of Isra’el. I will also make you a light to the nations, so my salvation can spread to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6).

In order to be a light to the nations that would bring salvation to the world, the Jewish people had to stand against assimilating into the idol worship being forced upon them by the Syrians. They could not allow the culture and customs of a different religious system to infiltrate and destroy their Biblical heritage within the Torah and the promises of God to their forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. When the enemies of God did try to force assimilation into foreign cultures, they fought against it with their lives.

“When you enter the land Adonai your God is giving you, you are not to learn how to follow the abominable practices of those nations” (Deuteronomy 18:9).

Each of us as believers in the Messiah of Isra’el need to be a light in the darkness of this world. We cannot assimilate into any pagan culture or embrace traditions that are contrary to Biblical truth.

Since 300 CE,  the assimilation of foreign practices into the pure faith of the prophets and apostles has slowly taken place. The mixing of the holy and the profane has created a lukewarm religiosity; an impotent religion that doesn’t bring deliverance from sin or the hope of salvation to the world, but an ideology that is rejected by the world and Messiah will vomit out of his mouth.   Because we are unwilling to use the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation as an outline of holiness in our lives, a great deception has taken place and a lawless gospel has taken root.  The ‘man of lawlessness’ has been free within the church institution to set up his ‘abomination of desolation’ in a future temple in Jerusalem.

“Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians], and the man of lawlessness is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition), who opposes and exalts himself so proudly and insolently against and over all that is called God or that is worshiped, [even to his actually] taking his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming that he himself is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 Amplified Bible).

"Your word is a light to my path and a lamp to my feet" (Psalm 119:105).
“Your word is a light to my path and a lamp to my feet” (Psalm 119:105).

Each of us must be willing to acknowledge the contamination that has entered our hearts and minds and take the necessary steps to cleanse and purify our spiritual temples from that contamination, whether physical or spiritual.  We must search for the idols on the altars of our lives and remove them, even if it is painful and contrary to everything we have ever been taught. Each individual must wholeheartedly embrace a Biblical faith that includes an obedient life to the commandments of God, evidence we love Yeshua, the Light of the World.

“Therefore the LORD says, “‘Go out from their midst; separate yourselves; don’t even touch what is unclean. Then I myself will receive you. In fact, I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters.’ says Adonai, the LORD of Hosts”.  Therefore, my dear friends, since we have these promises, let us purify ourselves from everything that can defile either body or spirit, and strive to be completely holy, out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1).

Until the next Feast of Dedication,  “Pay careful attention to how you conduct your life — live wisely, not unwisely.  Make the most of every opportunity, use your time well, for these are evil days” (Ephesians 5:15-16). 

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