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What does Hanukkah celebrate?https://youtu.be/WiajYjXvGz8 Happy Hanukkah! This is the Jewish holiday celebrated worldwide in December each year, which marks the anniversary of a military victory about 2100 years ago. The occupier of the land of Israel then was a Syrian Greek king named Antiochus the Fourth. He was not good for the Jews, and even went so far as to outlaw the Jewish religion. He ordered us Jews to worship Greek gods. In the year 168 B.C., his soldiers massacred hundreds of people in Jerusalem and desecrated the holy Temple. They built an altar to Zeus and sacrificed pigs on it.
The story goes that one man, Mattathias Maccabee, and his five sons rose up in a little village named Modi’in, and called on the Jewish people to join them against Antiochus. Their call was successful, as many joined in the fight. Mattathias died a couple years later, and his son Judah Maccabee took over, and finished the recapture of Jerusalem. When they entered the holy Temple, they found the des…
Who is this One? A sermon given in Wakayama, Japan Wakayama Lutheran Church 12 November 2017 by Bob Mendelsohn (To comment reply here, or write email@example.com)
Thank you, Pastor Charles, for the welcome today, and I trust as we share together in these words of the sermon, that each of the congregants here in church, and those who read or listen online to this sermon later, will be met by the One who is our Life, and will have answers to those who challenge us as we live for Him in these days. When crises come, when difficulties arise in your life and in the lives of those you love, what do you do? How do you solve the problems? What about challenges, that is, when some challenge you in your faith, or in your resolve? How do you handle those situations? It’s not easy being a Christian, certainly not here in Japan, nor is it easy in Australia, where I live, and where I have lived for 19 years. So how do you solve these? And what advice, if any, did Jesus offer to us? How did He handle…
Moses was a fairly older man when the incident I'm going to share with you took place. Maybe 100, maybe 114 or older. That's getting up there. And he was a leader of a large group of Jewish people. Maybe 3 million or so by that time. One old guy leading a large crew of wilderness wanderers. I see trouble ahead...how about you?
The scene takes place in a village named Kadesh on the outskirts of the Edomite region immediately after Moses' older sister Miriam dies. (Recorded in the Bible in Numbers chapter 20). There is no water and the people send up a lynching party, or at least a union workers party to tell Moses and his older brother Aaron how they feel. The crowd didn't really offer any suggestions, but only came to k'vetch. No surprise there.
Moses and his brother pray. They hear from God that they should 1) take Moses' rod, 2) assemble the people and 3) speak to the rock. Pretty straightforward. Simple. 1, 2, 3. OK, so Moses takes his rod (check), and along…