A quick review of 2010 before the unknown of 2011 unveils.
February 2010, we have belonged to Bomber for one year.
Then there was a few forgotten jars of "stuff"
The original pantry post:
Why is the south wind feeling so cold? Maybe because it is wet? Cloudy with just enough wind to force open the occasional hole in the clouds. A range of 40's for our temperatures. A high of 47, a low of 43. Said to be cooling off enough for the possibility of snow before the week ends.
This is just the top shelf. I am not sure if I will keep the boxes of pancake and baking mix. I bought the pumpkin mix last year and the baking mix last summer but I don't know when I bought the whole grain pancake mix. I'm thinking I should toss the pancake mixes, whole grain products do not stay nice in heat.
Does Splenda go bad?
Now, to get ready to visit the Dental Hygienist. After that, Ray and I are going to Whidbey Island for the afternoon. I wonder what I have for a picnic?
Deborah.... who is delighted with the gray headed "angel" Not all of us angles are young and beautiful on the outside.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12 RSV
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." John 9:5
But where is Y'shua/Jesus now? Where is the light? The Word made flesh, born to the woman, where is he? The man, the king of Israel, bruised, betrayed and bloody by the hand of men whom he so loved, where is he? Didn't he say that as long as he is in the world that he is the light of the world?
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
We who are his servants have his light, his truth. For a Messianic like me, Channukah is not about a romantic flame, it isn't about jelly doughnuts and good food. The candles and the food, the traditions of giving are all part of Channukah but they are not what make the eight days precious to me. Remember Acts chapter 2? All were gathered in a room after the 50 days of Shavuot (Pentecost) when suddenly the room was filled with the sound of a roaring wind (a mighty groaning Spirit, AENT footnote) and fire sat upon every one of them. The Spirit appeared to them like tongues of flame. It was the Channukah of the Spirit of Elohim, The servant lit all who followed him, giving light to the world. Y'shua lives in me, in each of us who believe that he is the Messiah, the Son of the living Elohim.
For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3
And how have you who believe died?
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Our life is the light of truth. Each of us who believe has experienced this life at a point in time. The Sprit of Elohim lives in us so that the Light of Life, the Messiah, is in the world because he lives in me, in you who believe. Let the light of your life shine before men in such a way that we give glory to Elohim.
as it is my eager expectation and hope that I shall not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1:20
And the Feast of Dedication occurred in (Jerusalem) and it was winter. And Y'shua/Jesus was walking into the Temple in the porch of Shleemon/Solomon. And the Yehudeans/Judeans surrounded him and said to him, "How long will you hold over our souls if you are the Mashiyach/Christ? Tell us openly. Y'shua answered and said to them, "I have told you and you do not believe! Yochanan/John 10:22-25The center candle on the Channukah Menorah is the Servant which brings light to the others, just as Y'shua came into the world to bring light to us. He is the one who lit the flame of Acts 2 in the upper room. He is the one who said to let your light shine. Consider lighting a Menorah this week and learning of the Light of the World. Often it is said of Christmas that it is a time of magic for children, a time when adults become like children. For the community of believers in Y'shua/Jesus we are encouraged to leave childish things behind (1 Corinthians 13) The Light of the World is Truth. It is truth that illumines men, not made up explanations about candy canes and evergreen boughs.
"…I HAVE told you and you do not believe!" Yochanan 10:25b
But those who did receive Him He gave to them authority that they might be sons of Elohim, those who have believed in His Name. Yochanan 1:12
"I (Elohim) set my bow in the cloud and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.
But is the bow in the cloud the sign of the covenant between Noach (Noah) and his descendents? It sure could be. It is what I have always been taught.
I am still learning Hebrew. I still cannot sit down with the Torah and just read. I am learning though it seems that I am slow. Even so, light still manages to break through. The word translated "This" in Genesis 9:12 is the Hebrew word "Zayin-aleph-tav". "Aleph-tav" is the base word, a picture of the God of the Cross. The Aleph is the strong leader, God. Tav is the sign letter. When Moses developed his aleph-bet, the Tav was the cross. Throughout the Torah, Aleph-Tav is untranslated unless it suits the need of the translator. Generally it is simply skipped over. But in Revelation 1, Jesus introduced himself to John as, "the Alpha and Omega" which is the Greek equivalent to Alaph-Tav, the God of the Cross.
In Genesis 9:12, Aleph-Tav is prefixed with Zayin, the sword. The sword of the God of the Cross. You may wonder, what made me think that this sword of the God of the Cross is the Word of God. It was the Apostle Paul who told the Ephesians that the full armor of God included "the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God" Ephesians 6:17. But wait, there is more! The person introduced to us in Isaiah 42:1, speaks for himself in Isaiah 49:2 when he says, "He (YHVH) made my mouth like a sharp sword". The writer of Hebrews (4:12) proclaimed that the Word of God is sharper than any sword that it could be compared to. And when John gave the Revelation, He told of the Son from whose mouth came a sharp two edge sword (Revelation 1:16) which is used to make war (Revelation 2:16).
How effective is the Sword of the God of the Cross? The Apostle Paul taught that it is unlike ANY earthly weapon in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. We do not wage ware like the rest of the world.
Matthew 26:51-52. Peter did not understand the weapon of divine warfare on the night of the arrest of Jesus. He pulled a weapon from its sheath and cut off an ear. Rebuke for Peter and restoration for the one whose ear was sliced off was the result. By Acts 2:37 Peter knows how to use the Sword of the God of the Cross, and the crowd is "cut to the quick".
When Simion spoke to Mary he said, "a sword will pierce through your own soul… " I am sure it was the sword of the Spirit that he spoke of. Luke 2:35
In this world, the sword brings death. It is used to defend oneself or to be an aggressor. It is interesting to me that an earthly sword is not used to punish offenders. Instead, the children of Elohim are instructed to stone those who have committed a capital offense. The sword of God, the Word, brings life, not death. From the time of Eve, the enemy of souls has asked us to choose a way that makes us our own god, decider of our own fate instead of standing our ground in faith on the Word of God, which is the sign of covenant between Elohim and we who have descended from Noah.