Outcry Show Archive – 12/23/14
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Shalom! Last week we discussed and compared the origins of two of the most widely celebrated holidays in all the world. Christmas and Chanukah are observed in almost every country in the world and have very distinct traditions associated with them. It is very important to understand the traditions that we inherit as they are the foundation of the events that we are celebrating. The roots of the tree determine the health, fruit, and life of said tree more than ANY other factor! If the tree has bad roots, the life and production of the tree will be bad. Yeshua said, “A good tree CANNOT produce bad fruit, and a bad tree CANNOT produce good fruit.” Hopefully you will listen to this show archive with an open mind and an open heart. It is not easy to continue to find that the traditions we have been observing are at the very core, pagan. But, sadly, this is the case with the MAJORITY of this worlds customs!
So many people base their traditions off of twisted scripture and Chanukah is NO DIFFERENT! Most “Messianic” people who celebrate this “Festival of Lights” do so because it is mentioned in the book of John. John 10:22-23 reads,
And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Yeshua walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.
This is the ONLY VERSE in your bibles that mentions this feast. Many people have used this to justify their observance of Chanukah. Does this verse prove that Yeshua was in fact observing this MAN MADE feast? We can not know with 100% certainty that this is, or IS NOT the case. Saying that He observed Chanukah based on this verse is an assumption that a majority of the “Messianic” movement has adopted. So, that being said, we have another way of looking at it, which uses the entire chapter, and not just ONE verse. If you keep reading, you will find that Yeshua, while He was at the temple, was accused and condemned for death.
Yeshua answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. Yeshua answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?”
So the “Jews” who were observing this feast were NOT His sheep. We do believe that some “Jewish” people are His sheep, but this passage is not speaking of those people. Yeshua goes on to tell them that NO ONE, will snatch His sheep out of His hand. If we keep reading, we find that Yeshua didn’t spend much time there to light the Chanukah lights, or spin the dreidel.
And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was first baptizing, and He was staying there. Many came to Him and were saying, “While John performed no sign, yet everything John said about this man was true.” Many believed in Him there.
So we can see that while at the temple, the men he encountered did NOT believe Him, and in fact HATED HIM. The most interesting thing about this chapter, is what Yeshua said at the very beginning of it.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
This is what He was referencing when He told the Pharisees, “My sheep hear my voice.” Yeshua was standing at the door of the temple, calling His sheep in order to lead them out. When He left, they followed and believed. Maybe Yeshua, who did NOT add to or take away from the Torah, wasn’t observing this man made feast in the shadow of “Jeroboam”, but instead was rescuing His sheep from the hands of man made traditions.
Only time will tell!
Here is a great article describing a lot of what we discussed and more.