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Isaiah 60:22 – Daily Bible Study

November 30, 2020

“The smallest will grow to a thousand, the weakest will become a mighty nation. I, Adonai, when the right time comes, will quickly bring it about.

The Hebrew word for ‘smallest’ is קטן or katan and means ‘small, young or unimportant.’ It also has the nuance of ‘weak’ and ‘insignificant.’

The Hebrew word for ‘thousand’ is אלפ or alef. This is the first letter of the Hebrew alef-bet and stands for 1000. In Hebrew letters pictures this letter is an Ox and means ‘first’ and ‘strength.’

The Hebrew word for ‘weakest’ is צעיר or tzair and means ‘smallest, youngest, most insignificant.’ It also means ‘few’ in number.

The Hebrew word for ‘mighty’ is עצים or atzum and means ‘mighty and numerous.’ It is also used for King David’s special forces known as the ‘mighty men.’

Adonai or LORD is the representation for the Hebrew יהוה or Yahweh, the memorial name that God gave to Moshe at the burning bush in Exodus 3:15-16.

The Hebrew word for ‘time’ is עת or eth and means ‘in its time.’ The ‘right time’ according to the Amplified Version is ‘appointed time’ suggesting there’s an ‘appointed time’ for when God quickly takes action. As I write this, the next ‘appointed time,’ is Hanukkah, the memorial to the cleansing and re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. This holiday is all about a few have victory over the multitude.

The Hebrew word for for ‘quicken’ is חוש or chush and means ‘to hasten,’ ‘to be eager with excitement,’ ‘to hurry,’ and to ‘come quickly.’

The weak and insignificant will grow strong like an ox, the smallest and most insignificant will become a numerous nation. I, Yahweh, when the ‘appointed times’ comes, will come quickly and bring it about.

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Yeshua in His Father’s Feasts

Yeshua in His Father’s Feasts is a personal or group in-depth study that reveals the shadows and realities of the Messiah in the prophetic visions in the Feasts of the LORD. It will fill in the holes of your Bible when reading the words ‘Jewish feast’ or ‘the feast of the Jews.’  This study will illuminate often-overlooked phrases and idioms that allude to the ‘appointed times’ of God.

Both the prophet Micah and King Solomon state that without prophetic vision and knowledge, God’s people perish. Studying the Biblical holy days will revive the searching soul and bring insight and understanding into the complete salvation found in Yeshua – his past, present and future work.

This study includes Scriptures from the Torah, Prophets, Psalmes, Gospels and Letters. It includes activities for families and children that will enhance celebrating the Biblical ‘appointed times’ as well as sgugestions for digging deeper into traditional and Biblical Jewish customs surrounding Yeshua In His Father’s Feasts.

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“I have been growing in my faith from reading and studying the Feasts in this guide. Thank you for your faithfulness to Yeshua!” (S. Corben)

“Few Christians understand that the context for the Jewish Messiah of the New Testament of their Bibles is the culture and language and history of the nation of Israel. This book helps explain why that culture, language and history is necessary knowledge for understanding the identity of the Messiah and how knowing the Jewish Messiah enlarges the understanding of the Biblical feasts. Good, basic foundational information from which to launch further study. Very enjoyable and eye-opening.” (W. Lopez)

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Fifth Night of Hanukkah

From the study guide, “Yeshua in His Father’s Feasts.”

Fifth Night of Hanukkah – Oil

“So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6).

Family Study:

On the fifth night of Hanukkah, light the most separate candle on the Hanukkiah.  From the shamash, light the fifth night’s candle.  After you light your Hanukkiah, place it in a window to show that only through the Spirit of God does Israel have victory over her enemies.

In Scripture oil is symbolic of the Ruach HaKodesh or the Spirit of God and was used to anoint priests, kings and articles for the Tabernacle.  The main ingredient of the consecrated anointing oil was pure olive oil from the first pressing. Numerous spices were added to it to make it holy and fragrant for Temple purposes.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is, 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant cane, 500 shekels of cassia—all according to the sanctuary shekel—and a hin of olive oil. Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil” (Exodus 30:22-25).

Once the Temple was cleansed and restored, a story in the Talmud says there was only enough oil to burn in the Menorah for one day.  While it took eight days to consecrate more holy oil, the one day’s portion lasted the eight full days allowing the Temple and its articles to be sanctified and re-dedicated to the God of Israel.

“Take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and everything in it; consecrate it and all its furnishing and it will be holy” (Exodus 40:9).

1.  Research the different spices used in making the anointing oil. What do think were the reasons these spices were chosen by God?

a. myrrh

b. fragrant cinnamon

c. fragrant cane

d.  cassia

Dig Deeper:

God instructed the holy oil was not to be created and used for common purpose, however, it is possible to buy myrrh and frankincense candles or incense.  Purchase some and enjoy the aroma.

2.   What is the difference between ‘virgin’ olive oil and other olive oils?  Read Jeremiah 31:4, 21.  What is symbolic of  ‘virgin’ olive oil?

3.  Why did the Tabernacle/Temple articles need to be anointed with oil?  What did it signify?

4.  Some people doubt the miracle of the oil.  Read 2 Kings 4 and explain why the miracle of the oil at Hanukkah was possible.

5.  Read Matthew 25:1-13. In this parable there are lamps and oil.  Psalm 119:105 says the Word of God is the lamp.  What is the oil?  Why is it important to have oil in a lamp?

6.  What happened to the virgins with oil in their lamps?  What happened to those without? 

7.  Who do you believe the virgins represent? Why do you believe only half were prepared to meet their Bridegroom?

8.   Read John 4:24.  How does this verse apply to what happened to the virgins? Which ones were true worshippers of God?

Family Activity:

1. Eating foods made with oil are traditional for Hanukkah. Latkes or potato pancakes are fried in oil and eaten with applesauce. Sufganiot or jelly-filled donuts are also eaten at Hanukkah.  A recipe for latkes may be found in the Study Helps at the end of the study guide.

2. Research how olive oil is made and the different pressings.  Buy different grades of olive oil and taste them.  

3. Research to find the lifespan of an Olive Tree.  Why do you think Yahweh compares Israel to an Olive Tree?  (Jeremiah 31:34-36)

©2019 Tentstake Ministries Publishing, all rights reserved.  No copying or reproducing of this article without crediting the author or Tentstake Ministries Publishing.For a hard copy of this portion of the study guide or the complete study guide, please purchase “Yeshua in His Father’s Feasts.”©

Hanukkah Word: Hammer

The dictionary defines a ‘hammer’ as “a tool with a heavy metal head mounted at right angles at the end of a handle, used for jobs such as breaking things and driving in nails.”

The noun ‘hammer’ is found only a few times in Scripture. The first time is found in Judges when Ya’el, the wife of Heber, uses a hammer to pound a tent stake into the head of Sisra piercing his skull and crushing his temple. With this act, she sets Isra’el free from God’s judgment for worshipping idols. The second time is found in the book of First Kings where it is recorded that the stones for building the Temple were prepared at the quarry so that no ‘hammer’ was heard while it was being built.

Though King David lived long before the Maccabean Revolt, Psalm 74 reveals how the sanctuary of Elohim was destroyed when Isra’el was taken captive as judgment by God for disobeying His commands and worshipping idols. Hammers were used by the enemies of God’s people to destroy the Temple, specifically to smash the intricately carved woodwork.

“If a prophet has a dream, let him tell it as a dream. But someone who has my word should speak my word faithfully. What do chaff and wheat have in common?” asks Adonai. “Isn’t my word like fire,” asks Adonai, “like a hammer shattering rocks?” (Jeremiah 23:28-29).”

The Word of God is like a hammer that shatters rocks. Through His Spirit, Elohim changes the heart of stone into a heart of flesh; He shatters the rock-hard heart so that it desires to obey His commandments. However, the prophet Jeremiah speaks about shepherds who lead the people of Adonai astray – shepherds like the false priests who succumbed to the Hellenization of their faith and began to worship other gods.

The Hebrew word for ‘hammer’ is מקבות or maqqebeth or in English, Maccabee. This word is significant to the celebration of Hanukkah as the leader of the Jewish revolt against the Syrian armies of Alexander the Great was called Judah ‘Maccabee’ or ‘the Hammer.’ As a small army of ‘hammers,’ the Maccabees fought against the brutal and overpowering armies of Alexander the Great who wanted to Hellinize Isra’el.

Rather than assimilating into the Greek culture worshipping foreign gods, Judah and his ‘hammer’ rebels fought for their freedom to worship the God of Isra’el. With faith in the ‘Word’ of Elohim, and the help of the ‘Commander of Elohim’s Armies,’ they ‘hammered’ against their enemies for four years in order to regain control of the Temple in Jerusalem and restore it to its original glory and worship.

As hammers were used to destroy the Temple, The Hammer was used to restore it.

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