From the light of creation to Noah, to Abraham, we now come to Moses. In the story of Moses, we have all the previous stories put together. In the story of creation we have the separation of light and darkness. In Moses, we have him being separated from his mother, then separated from Egypt, and then helping others become separated (made holy) from their Egypt. We have the element of the flood story as baby Moses was put into a dark basket and floated down the river to save his life, setting up one of the most epic stories of all time. Lastly, we also see the story of Abraham in the Moses account as well. Abraham was on a mountain and encountered the saving grace of the Holy One through a ram caught in the bush, and Moses encountered the power of God also through a mountain-top bush. Both men's lives were radically changed from that moment on. They would never be the same.
As we move through the days of the Festival of Lights, we come to the third day. And this day I have chosen Abraham to be the representative to continue our theme of the light. We started with the Light of Creation, when the Word of YHWH came into being and the concept of separation was birthed. Then we came to Noah, who represented the eight days of Hanukkah, a candelabra that was "shut in by the LORD" and used to bring the Light to the new world. Tonight, it is Abraham's turn to pass the torch.
Tonight is the second night of Hanukkah and I'd like to connect the second candle to Noah and his family. In Genesis 6:9 it says that "Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God." The word for "perfect" here does not mean without sin or perfection, but rather mature and complete. This is what we all aspire to be--perfect and complete, not lacking anything, as James says. Noah was righteous because he was spiritually mature. For this reason, the Creator chose to allow Noah to take the torch of truth, the light from creation, and pass it on to the next generation. But He did it in a very creative way.
Tonight is the first night of the Festival of Lights, a celebration to remember the Temple in Jerusalem being liberated in 167 BC from the hands of the enemy. Although this is not a commanded holiday, it is a wonderful tradition that both Yeshua attended in His time and a celebration that has tremendous relevance for us believers today. After all, we are now the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we have also been liberated by Christ from the hand of our enemy. We too have been defiled and then made clean by the blood of the Lamb, and I am very grateful that His tree of Life (the menorah) shines brightly once again in us because of it.