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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “One House, One Owner”

COMPASS 1

Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. James 1:14 NKJV

“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

2. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

3. James 1:13-14 NKJV

“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”

How do these verses apply to my life?

 

 

 

4. Psalm 17:4 NKJV

“Concerning the works of men, By the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

5. Exodus 20:4 NKJV

“…For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

6. Psalms 37:23 NKJV

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

7. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

How do these verses apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

8. 1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJV

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

9. II Corinthians 6:14-16 NKJV

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people”

How do these verses apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

10. Ephesians 4:27 NKJV

“nor give place to the devil”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

11. 1 Peter 5:8-9 NKJV

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

How do these verses apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

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The Owner Of The House

THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE

Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 6:16

Life Application: Christians belong to God.

Bible Text:

2 Timothy 1:7

James 1:13-14

Matthew 17:14-18

Luke 8:27-33

John 8:42-44

Psalm 17:4

Colossians 2:15

Luke 10:17-20

Exodus 20:4

Psalms 37:23

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

1 Corinthians 3:16

Romans 8:9-11

Luke 4:33-35

II Corinthians 6:14-16

2 Corinthians 6:16

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We have only to look around at the world in which we live to know that Jesus will be returning soon. Satan knows it too. Since he knows that his time is short, he, along with the other fallen angels (demons), are working very hard. They have invaded our homes, schools, government, churches, television / movies, music, literature. Their mission is to kill, steal, and destroy. Satan hates God, therefore he hates you because God loves you.

Today there is a lot of discussion concerning demon oppression, demon possession, the occult, and the supernatural.

Possession –

ownership: the act or state of owning or holding something

something owned: something owned or held

state of being controlled: the condition of being controlled by or appearing to be controlled by a supposed supernatural force

Oppression-

dominate harshly: to subject a person or a people to a harsh or cruel form of domination

inflict stress on: to be a source of worry, stress, or trouble to somebody

Domination –

controlling power: control, power, or authority over others or another.

Demon oppression involves a demon attacking a person spiritually. Demons will try to cause a person to worry or fear. The Bible is very clear about where worry and fear come from – they do not come from God.

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”

Sometimes, a demon might encourage someone into sinful behavior. However, more often than not, we are drawn into sinful behavior because of our own desires.

James 1:13-14 NKJV

“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”

Demon possession involves a demon having direct and complete control over a person’s thoughts and actions. There are several accounts of Jesus rebuking demons (evil spirits) that were possessing people in the Bible.

Matthew 17:14-18 NKJV

“And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.”

In the above passage the disciples were trying to heal the boy of a disease, but in reality the boy was possessed, not sick.

Luke 8:27-33 NKJV

“And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.”

Some important truths to remember are: Satan and the other fallen angels (demons) do not have power over a Christian, Jesus has already triumphed over Satan and the other fallen angels (demons), and Christians are God’s possession – the Holy Spirit will not live with Satan.

I. Satan and the other fallen angels (demons) do not have power over a Christian.

Satan works in the sons of disobedience, not in Christians, and will continue to do so until he is bound by God. Satan is a deceiver, a destroyer, and the father of lies. He will lie to us and try lead us into sin.

John 8:42-44 NKJV

“Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

If we allow Satan, he will deceive us and lead us to destruction.

Psalm 17:4 NKJV

“Concerning the works of men, By the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.”

We have a free will, and the choice is ours as to if we will listen to Satan’s lies or resist them. The Holy Spirit has been given to us and He is able to keep us from falling into the enemy’s lies and schemes, however we must allow Him (the Holy Spirit) total access into our lives.

II. Jesus has already triumphed over Satan and the other fallen angels (demons).

The fate of Satan (devil) and the other fallen angels (demons) is already sealed. However, they will be allowed to continue to roam free until the appointed time when they will be bound by God.

Colossians 2:15 NKJV

“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

All demons are subject to Jesus – they must obey Him.

Luke 10:17-20 NKJV

“ Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

III. Christians are God’s possession.

Possession of something can be described as something owned, held or controlled. A Christian is owned by God. Christians are the sole property of God. God does not share ownership or have joint custody. God tells us that He is a jealous God. One definition of jealous is possessively watchful. What God possess, He will not share.

Exodus 20:4 NKJV

“…For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…”

A Christian’s future is held by God. The steps of a righteous man are ordered by God. God sustains and protects His children. Not only does God save us, but He has the power to keep us also.

Psalms 37:23 NKJV

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.”

A Christian is controlled by God. God has power and authority over Christians. Satan does not have the right or power to enforce rules or give orders to a believer.

IV. One house, one owner -the holy spirit will not live with Satan.

When a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in them.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJV

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

Romans 8:9-11 NKJV

“But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

Demons cannot dwell in the same house with the Holy Spirit. Throughout the Bible were are given examples of demons fleeing when they encounter Jesus. They could not stay where He was.

Luke 4:33-35 NKJV

“Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.”

Light and dark do not mix. Light always rules over darkness. The Holy Spirit is light and Satan is the dark. They will not live or abide in the same house.

II Corinthians 6:14-16 NKJV

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”

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Review

1. Why does Satan hate you?

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2. Define the following words:

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3. Usually we are drawn into sinful behavior because of our own ______________.

4. Satan and the other fallen angels (demons) do not have _____________ over a Christian.

5. Jesus has already __________________ over Satan and the other fallen angels (demons).

6. Christians are God’s possession – the Holy Spirit will _______ live with Satan.

7. Satan is a deceiver, a destroyer, and the father of lies. He will lie to us and try __________ us into sin.

8. What does deceive mean?

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9. What is a free will?

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10. All demons are subject to Jesus – they must _________ Him.

11. God is a jealous God. What does jealous mean?

12. The _________ of a righteous man are ordered by God.

13. God sustains and protects His ____________.

14.Satan does not have the right or power to enforce rules or give orders to a _______________.

15. When a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit does what?

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16. Light and dark do not ______.

17. How does “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers…” apply to your life?

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19. “For _____________ are the _______________ of the ____________ ___________. As God has said: “I will ________________ in them And _____________ among them. I will be their __________, And they shall be My ______________.” 2 Corinthians 6:16 NKJV

20. How does the statement, ‘Christians belong to God’ give you comfort?

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Child’s Hanukkah Booklet – From One Christian’s Perspective

Reflecting and Sharing – Hanukkah Booklet 8

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NIGHT 8

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One House, One Owner

 

ONE HOUSE, ONE OWNER

Memory Verse: James 1:14

 

Life Application: We are drawn into sinful behavior because of our own desires.

 

 

 

Bible Text:

 

2 Timothy 1:7

 

James 1:13-14

 

Matthew 17:14-18

 

Luke 8:27-33

 

John 8:42-44

 

Psalm 17:4

 

Colossians 2:15

 

Luke 10:17-20

 

Exodus 20:4

 

Psalms 37:23

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

 

1 Corinthians 3:16

 

Romans 8:9-11

 

Luke 4:33-35

 

II Corinthians 6:14-16

 

Ephesians 4:27

 

1 Peter 5:8-9

 

 

 

 

 

We have only to look around at the world in which we live to know that Jesus will be returning soon. Satan knows it too. Since he knows that his time is short, he, along with the other fallen angels (demons), are working very hard. They have invaded our homes, schools, government, churches, television / movies, music, literature. Their mission is to kill, steal, and destroy. Satan hates God, therefore he hates you because God loves you.

 

Today there is a lot of discussion concerning demon oppression, demon possession, the occult, and the supernatural.

 

Demon oppression involves a demon attacking a person spiritually. Demons will try to cause a person to worry or fear. The Bible is very clear about where worry and fear come from – they do not come from God.

 

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”

 

Sometimes, a demon might encourage someone into sinful behavior. However, more often than not, we are drawn into sinful behavior because of our own desires.

 

James 1:13-14 NKJV “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”

 

Demon possession involves a demon having direct and complete control over a person’s thoughts and actions. There are several accounts of Jesus rebuking demons (evil spirits) that were possessing people in the Bible.

 

Matthew 17:14-18 NKJV “And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.”

 

In the above passage the disciples were trying to heal the boy of a disease, but in reality the boy was possessed, not sick.

 

Luke 8:27-33 NKJV “And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.”

 

Some important truths to remember are: Satan and the other fallen angels (demons) do not have power over a Christian, Jesus has already triumphed over Satan and the other fallen angels (demons), Christians are God’s possession, the Holy Spirit will not live with Satan, and keep the door to Satan closed.

 

I. Satan and the other fallen angels (demons) do not have power over a Christian.

 

Satan works in the sons of disobedience, not in Christians, and will continue to do so until he is bound by God. Satan is a deceiver, a destroyer, and the father of lies. He will lie to us and try lead us into sin.

 

John 8:42-44 NKJV “Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

 

If we allow Satan, he will deceive us and lead us to destruction.

 

Psalm 17:4 NKJV “Concerning the works of men, By the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.”

 

We have a free will, and the choice is ours as to if we will listen to Satan’s lies or resist them. The Holy Spirit has been given to us and He is able to keep us from falling into the enemy’s lies and schemes, however we must allow Him (the Holy Spirit) total access into our lives.

 

II. Jesus has already triumphed over Satan and the other fallen angels (demons).

 

The fate of Satan (devil) and the other fallen angels (demons) is already sealed. However, they will be allowed to continue to roam free until the appointed time when they will be bound by God.

 

Colossians 2:15 NKJV “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

 

All demons are subject to Jesus – they must obey Him.

 

Luke 10:17-20 NKJV “ Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

 

 

 

III. Christians are God’s possession.

 

Possession of something can be described as something owned, held or controlled. A Christian is owned by God. Christians are the sole property of God. God does not share ownership or have joint custody. God tells us that He is a jealous God. One definition of jealous is possessively watchful. What God possess, He will not share.

 

Exodus 20:4 NKJV “…For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…”

 

A Christian’s future is held by God. The steps of a righteous man are ordered by God. God sustains and protects His children. Not only does God save us, but He has the power to keep us also.

 

Psalms 37:23 NKJV “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.”

 

A Christian is controlled by God. God has power and authority over Christians. Satan does not have the right or power to enforce rules or give orders to a believer.

 

IV. the holy spirit will not live with satan.

 

When a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in them.

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

 

 

 

1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJV “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

 

 

Romans 8:9-11 NKJV “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

 

Demons cannot dwell in the same house with the Holy Spirit. Throughout the Bible were are given examples of demons fleeing when they encounter Jesus. They could not stay where He was.

 

Luke 4:33-35 NKJV “Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.”

 

Light and dark do not mix. Light always rules over darkness. The Holy Spirit is light and Satan is the dark. They will not live or abide in the same house.

 

II Corinthians 6:14-16 NKJV “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”

 

 

 

V. Keep the door to Satan closed – Don’t open the door.

 

A Christian must not open the door for Satan to have access into their life. Certain things must be avoided. Don’t give Satan an opportunity into your life. He will use every opportunity he can to gain a foothold in your life.

 

Ephesians 4:27 NKJV “nor give place to the devil”

 

 

1 Peter 5:8-9 NKJV “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

 

A foothold mean a firm base for progress. It is a secure starting position from which further advances can be made. In other words, if you allow Satan a starting position in your life, you make it easier for him to make further advances in your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review

 

1. Why does Satan hate you?

 

2. Demon oppression involves a demon attacking a person ________________________.

 

3. Where do worry and fear come from?

 

4. More often than not, we are drawn into sinful behavior because of our own ___________________________.

 

5. Some important truths to remember are:

 

* Satan and the other fallen angels (demons) do not have ___________________ over a Christian.

 

* Jesus has already __________________________ over Satan and the other fallen angels (demons).

 

* Christians are _____________________ possession.

 

* The Holy Spirit will not ______________________ with Satan.

 

* We need to keep the _______________________ to Satan closed.

 

6. Satan works in the sons of _____________________________, not in Christians.

 

7. Satan is a deceiver, a destroyer, and the __________________________ of lies.

 

8. We have a free will. What does that mean?

 

9. Who has been given to us to keep us from falling into the enemy’s lies and schemes?

 

10. All demons are subject to Jesus – they must ________________________ Him.

 

11. God is a jealous God. What does that mean?

 

12. The steps of a _________________________________ man are ordered by God.

 

13. When a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, the _________________ ___________________ comes to dwell in them.

 

14. Demons cannot ___________________ in the same house with the Holy Spirit.

 

15. The Holy Spirit and Satan will not live or ___________________ in the same house.

 

16. What does a foothold mean?

 

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Hanukkah – One Christian’s Perspective

What Is Hanukkah

Hanukkah, also known as the Feast of Dedication or the Festival of Lights, is an annual festival celebrated on eight successive days to honor the restoration of divine (true, Holy) worship in the temple after it had been defiled by heathens (162/163 BC). The restoration occurred in 165 BC. Hanukkah occurs on the twenty-fifth day of Kislev. Kislev is the third month in the Jewish calendar.

History of the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah)

After the Jewish people returned to the land of Israel from Babylonia they rebuilt the temple. During this time they were subject to the reigning powers, first to the Persian empire and later to Alexander the Great. According to history books, Alexander the Great was a kind and generous ruler to the Jews. After his death his kingdom was divided. Judah was caught in the middle and ended up subject to Greek kings who reigned from Syria, the Seleucid dynasty.

Antiochus IV was Judah’s new king. He worshipped false gods, Greek gods. He did not allow the Jewish people to worship YHWH, the only true God. During the years of Greek power many of the Jews embraced the Greek culture and its pagan way of life. These Jews helped Antiochus abolish every trace of the Jewish religion, then he took the holy treasures from the temple. He also outlawed the Jewish people from observing their traditions and from observing their Sabbaths. After a period of time he banned the reading  and studying of God’s Word.

When things looked like they could not get any worse, Antiochus went into the temple and sacrificed a pig on the altar, then the Jewish people were required to bow down before the pig. If they refused to do so they were killed. Things looked very bleak for the Jewish people. The temple had been desecrated, innocent people were being put to death, they were being heavily taxed, altars were erected in every city and in the temple to false gods, and pigs were being sacrificed every day on the altar in the temple.

If the Jewish people practiced their Jewish religion they were beaten or put to death. If their sacred books were found they were destroyed. Overseers were appointed to help persuade the people to adhere to the kings orders.

Many Jews complied with the kings orders. Some did so voluntarily, and some out of fear. Some of the ones that accepted the Greek ways even changed their names. During this dark time even, the high priest changed his name from Joshua to Jason. He was a wicked and sinful man who depressed and demoralized his fellow Jews. Jason readily accepted and forced others to participate in pagan customs and immoral acts.

After a period of time Jason was replaced. In his anger over being replaced, he gathered an army and attacked the city, slaughtering many Jews. The disturbance was viewed as a revolt by Antiochus causing him to send armies into Jerusalem. The armies of  Antiochus plundered the temple and killed thousands of the Jews. After this even more idols and altars were erected for worship to the pagan Greek gods and goddesses. They were everywhere – every town, every city, and every village. Antiochus’ soldiers forced the Jewish people to make offerings to these false gods and goddesses. The people were also forced to eat food that God had forbidden them to, and to engage in ungodly and immoral acts.

Despite what goes on in the world, God has always had and will always have a remnant. These people will chose to listen to Him and follow Him, no matter what the cost. This was true during this dark time in Jewish history. There were some Jewish people who refused to follow the Greek practices and the pagan activities. They would not bow down to the false gods. These people chose to obey God and to follow His ways. This remnant of Jews organized a group of people to fight against the evil leaders. This remnant, under the leadership of Judas Maccabee, gained control of the temple.

The temple had to be purified, because it had been defiled, before it could be used again to worship the one and only true God. The altar was torn down and rebuilt and new vessels were made. When everything was finished they hung the curtain and put the bread of presence on the table. On the twenty-fifth of Kislev they rededicated the temple unto God. They poured all the oil the oil that they had found into the menorah, however, it would only enough to last for one day. They lit the menorah and miraculously the oil lasted for eight days, the exact time it took for new oil to be made!

Just as the temple had to be purified, we to, as the temple of God must be purified.

James 4:17-10  NKJV    

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

1 Corinthians 3:16  NKJV    

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

Something To Think About…Conception Of Jesus / Angel Visits Mary

John 1:1-9  NKJV    

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.”

     Something to think about…Was the Light of the World conceived during the Festival of Lights? Some Bible scholars believe that Jesus, the Light of the World was conceived during the Festival of Lights (Hanukkah).

Luke 1:26-36  NKJV   

  “Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.”

     When Elizabeth was six months pregnant an angel visited Mary to tell her that she had been chosen to carry the Son of God. The angel even told Mary how she would become pregnant. The Bible does not specifically give the date of Jesus’ birth, however, we can use clues in the Bible to arrive at the approximate date. We must remember that December 25 is not mentioned in the Bible anywhere – it is a date picked pout by man, not God. In fact, during Biblical times birthdays were only celebrated by people who worshipped false gods and idols. One clue that the Bible gives is that Jesus’ birth did not occur in the winter. There were sheep in the pasture at the time Jesus was born. During this time period sheep were not left in the pasture during the winter.

Luke 2:8  NKJV   

  “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.”

     Starting at the first night of the Festival of Lights, the 25th of Kislev, and counting through the nine months of Mary’s pregnancy, you will arrive at what some Bible scholars believe is the approximate time of Jesus’ birth, the Festival of Tabernacles. The Festival of Tabernacles is a Biblical feast that celebrates God tabernacling (living) with us. When Jesus was born He was referred to as Emmanuel, God with us.

Matthew 1:23  NKJV   

  “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Hanukkah Celebrations

Today people celebrate Hanukkah  in many ways. Some, but not all, are:

* Having festive meals for eight days

* Lighting candles in the menorah

* A devotion is read each night

* Songs are sung in remembrance of miracles and redemption

* Praises are read from Psalms 115-118

* Giving gifts and/or money to relatives or the needy

* Children play a game called “Spinning The Dreidel”

* Foods with a lot of oil are cooked

To a believer in Christ, Hanukkah is…

… about true worship being restored unto God.

… a wonderful time to reflect on past miracles.

… about rededication.

…about God’s miracle working power.

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