For over 2100 years, Hanukkah has been an important celebration for the Jewish people. But despite the misconceptions, it’s not the Jewish version of Christmas, nor is it just about dreidels and chocolate coins. Hanukkah is a historical epic of the likes of William Wallace and Braveheart. But to fully appreciate this story, we need
This evening marks “Yom Yerushalayim,” or “Jerusalem Day” in Israel. Jerusalem has meant more to the Jewish people than any other city has meant to any other people. Teddy Kollek, former mayor of Jerusalem has said, “For three thousand years, Jerusalem has been the center of Jewish hope and longing. No other city has played
The city of Jerusalem is central to the life of the Jewish people. Isaiah writes, “For the law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” Interestingly, it is from Jerusalem that the revelation of God has sounded forth, and will once again be proclaimed when Messiah returns. It was here
According to Deuteronomy 18 Messiah would be a prophet. Jeremiah 23 says he would be a king. And the Psalms teach us he would be a priest. He never fulfills these offices at one given point in time until the Messianic Age. Then when he sits upon His throne he will be installed as king.
Since I was a child, I thought it unjust that Jesus be born in a stable. The idea that he was sheltered so meanly and wrapped only in strips of cloth instead of a warm layette troubled me. He deserved better; every baby deserved better. But the more I learn about the way that the
When Matthew wrote his account of Jesus’ life, he did something extremely rare – he included women in Jesus’ genealogical record. Generally only men were recorded in genealogies and counted among crowds. For example, in the feeding of the 5,000, which is recorded in all four Gospels, each writer specifically mentions that there were 5,000