Chanukah 5777 (2016)

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Chanukah is on the evening of the 24th of Kislev on the Jewish calendar.. on our calendar this year it begins tonight Christmas Eve.  Our family began celebrating Chanukah 3 years ago as well as the other Biblical feasts.  We celebrate this in addition to Christmas.  Our family loves both celebrations.  Chanukah is the festival of lights and is a beautiful reminder to us to shine in the darkness.  I love Matthew 5:14-16 in the Message Translation “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”  Let’s go public with it… shining as such  bright lights in this world.. not keeping God as a secret.. opening our homes, being generous with our lives (being open and giving with others)

As I was preparing my study notes on Chanukah to share with our kids, I decided to study each individual letter in the word Chanukah. I love studying the Bible in Hebrew.. it’s a rich and beautiful language full of layers upon layers of meanings.  The Hebrew letters in the word Chanukah are chet, nun, vav, kaf, hey.  The Hebrew alphabet (or as it’s called in Hebrew alef-bet) is full of meaning. Each letter is not just a letter, but a number and a picture.. with layers of meanings.  I love something Billy Graham said, “The Bible is big–so big that even the greatest scholar will never exhaust its riches.”

Chet, Nun are the first two letters of Chanukah and spell the Hebrew word grace.   Vav is the next letter and the first time “vav” is mentioned in Scripture it is as a word, not just a letter.  It is in Gen 1 “heavens and (vav) the earth.” It is a word connecting Heaven and Earth.  Grace always connects us to the Heavenly realm…. it enables us to live on earth as it is in Heaven.  It is the empowering Presence of Holy Spirit in and through our lives.  “Vav” is also the number 6 which is 5+1… 6 = 5 (grace) + 1… an abundance of grace.  Romans 5:17 tells us that those who receive an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in this life through Jesus.  That is just the first two letters of Chanukah… grace! An abundance of grace poured out from Heaven upon us.  

The next 2 letters or the 2nd half of the word is Kaf, Hey.  Kaf is a picture of an open hand… an open hand speaks of blessings.  In Ex 33:22, when Moses asked God to show him His glory, God covered Moses with His hand… that word hand is kaf in the Hebrew. Kaf is a picture of God’s open hand, specifically His open hand of blessing.  One of the meanings of Hey is behold!  or revealed.  The 2nd half of this word is speaking of God’s open hand of blessing being revealed (in this season).  

Studying the word Chanukah by breaking it down letter by letter shows us a beautiful picture of what God is wanting to pour out on us in this season… His grace multiplied to us and His open hand of blessing revealed to us.  

John 1:16 (amp version) sums it up so beautifully…  For out of His fullness, we have all received grace upon grace, and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.  

Merry Christmas and Chag Sameach!!

~ Robin

2016… A year of God’s manifested goodness

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Today begins 2016 which is also 5776 on the Jewish calendar (which began on September 13th).  I love New Years Day… it’s like a fresh start.  Anything is possible.  Today we took down all of our Christmas decorations… giving even our house a clean, fresh start.  Anything I didn’t like from last year, I’ve left behind me and the things I’ve learned from 2015 I get to carry with me into 2016.

This year is a Jubilee year.  In Leviticus 25, Jubilee has promises attached to it…. Liberty for the captives, restoration of family, land, and possessions, increase from your field, freedom from oppression, safety and triple blessings!  In Christ these promises belong to us every year, not just during a Jubilee year…. Jesus is our Jubilee.   Unfortunately we don’t always walk in the revelation of our inheritance In Him.  This year let’s begin to declare BIG…. let’s declare these Jubilee promises over our lives.

This year is also a Leap Year… in Hebrew a leap year is called a Pregnant year.  We’ve been given an extra day and on the Jewish calendar an extra month (Adar II) added to their regular calendar.  What are you pregnant with this year in the Spirit?  Steward well the dreams and visions God gives you for this year with hope and faith.  Be careful not to abort those dreams prematurely through doubt, unbelief, and impatience.

The letters associated with this Hebraic year 5776 are the ayin and the vav. The ayin has a numerical value of 70 and the vav has a numerical value of 6 forming the “76.”  The entire decade from 2010 to 2019 (the year’s 5770 to 5779) is dominated by the significance of the last two digits.  70 is the Hebrew word “AYIN.”  “Ayin” is a word describing an eye…or insight or seeing or perceiving with God’s perspective. This is a decade where we must constantly renew our mind to keep close to God’s way of seeing things.

Vav has a couple of different meanings.  It is a word, as well as a letter.  The word is “and” which is a uniting word… a connecting word.  The first time it is used is in Genesis 1:1 “God created the heavens and (vav) the earth”.  This year is to believe BIG and declare BIG.  It’s a year to believe and declare heaven on earth.  Whatever is in heaven is available NOW on earth…. Matt 6:10  “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven”. There is no poverty, sickness, or disease in Heaven!

Vav is also a picture of a tent-peg.  Isaiah 52 “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;  do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.”  This year, do not hold back… enlarge your faith… believe bigger and declare bigger!  Go farther in the things of God this year.  What inheritance promises were hard for you to wrap your head around last year…. prosperity, divine health, grace??  Meditate on those scriptures this year… putting them in your heart and speaking them forth.  Building your spiritual muscles and laying hold of what’s yours In Christ.

Judges 4:21 is another story of a tent-peg… this time as a weapon.  It’s the story of Jael.  The enemy had come into her home because her husband Heber (meaning fellowship) hadn’t stood against the enemy but rather had an alliance with him (verse 17) in order to stay safe on either side of battle.  But Jael had no such alliance and she took a tent-peg and nailed it through the enemy’s head!  This year stand firm against the enemy… against what belongs to you In Christ… don’t allow thoughts that exalt themselves against the knowledge of Christ (2 Cor 10:5) to come into your dwelling place… stake them with the Word!  

I am expecting great things this year… in fact my husband and I have been saying this year will be our best year yet.  I believe this is a year we’ve been waiting for… a year of acceleration, promotion, fullness, favor and increase in every area.    

This morning at 2:30 am the Lord spoke 2 words to me regarding this year.  He said this would be a year of “Behold I make ALL things new”.  I wasn’t sure exactly what that meant until this morning when I read Verna Brown’s (the Pastor of Soul Harvest Worship Center in Modesto, CA) post on Facebook with the exact same words “Behold, I make all things new”….. her post went on to list several new things He is giving this year:  new dreams, new revelations, new strength, new health, new opportunities, new mindsets, new experiences, new mercies, new wine and wind of the Spirit, etc.  What is it that you need new this year?  Begin declaring it and claiming it as yours.  All things are possible to him who believes.  Maybe you need new, fresh hope in order to believe bigger.  Ask Him today to make ALL things new in your life.

The second thing He told me was this year would be a season of His manifested goodness.  I love that.  God is good and He wants to pour out His goodness on your life. Psalm 65:11 says “He crowns the year with His goodness and your paths drip with abundance”.   In Exodus 33 Moses asked God to please show him His glory.  God responded that He would cause all His goodness to pass before him.  He said He would proclaim His name to Moses… revealing His true character and nature to him.  He revealed His glory, His very essence, which includes His mercy, grace, loving-kindness (chesed – covenant loyalty), truth, forgiveness and holiness. (Ex. 34:6-7) God’s glory is His goodness. His goodness is His nature…. it’s who He is.  A manifestation of His goodness in your life is a deeper revelation of His glory… of who He is… His true nature and character.  

This year, allow Him to enlarge your tents, give you bigger dreams and visions, make ALL things new in your life, and manifest His goodness (all that He is) in and through you.  Get ready… this is the year you’ve been waiting for.  I believe at the end of 2016 we’re not going to say “I’m so glad this year is over and ready for a new one” but rather “2016 was so awesome how can 2017 possibly top it!” To quote Kenneth Copeland… “This is the Great year of whatever you need!

 

~ Robin