“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” Ephesians 5:8
Thomas Kinkade is known as a “painter of light.” I bought a Thomas Kinkade mug once for a friend at Christmas. When the mug was heated, the picture on the mug would illuminate. We are coming to the end of Hanukkah, also known as the “festival of lights.” It is an eight-day Jewish celebration of the re-dedication of the second temple in Jerusalem. This would have happened during the 400-year period between the old and new testament known as the “dark ages.” It is not mentioned in the Torah as the events transpired after that time period; however, it is referred to in the new testament as the “feast of dedication.” After being forced to adopt pagan rituals in 164 BC, the Jews revolted against the Syrians and reclaimed what was rightfully theirs. They then cleansed and rededicated the temple. They only had enough olive oil to keep the menorah burning for one day; however, the flames miraculously continued burning for eight nights. This was a celebration and reminder of God’s provision. Therefore, Jewish families set out a menorah during Hanukkah. God’s love for His people is like that of a burning flame that never goes out.
We are coming into 2020. A time of cleansing and rededication. As the adage of old says, “out with the old and in with the new.” The eleventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet looks like this and is called ‘khaf.’ It represents a palm, and the number 20. When I reflect on this, 2020 then is written as two khafs, representing two palms. I envision two palms in the air in worship to the Lord for His goodness. A time of reflection of the miracles and testimonies that have occurred in 2019. Wouldn’t this be a wonderful time to re-dedicate ourselves to the Lord. We are in fact temples of the living God (1 Cor. 3:16). We have seen the hand of the Lord at work this year, and I believe our vision will become even clearer (20/20) as we walk forward in His light (Rev. 21:23). In our dark periods Jesus is always with us. He is the beginning and the end (Rev. 1:8). He was the fourth man in the fiery furnace (Isa. 43:2). He is there in the darkest of times. A candle is most beautiful when it has a flame. Jesus died on the Cross, the curtains were opened, and the light of God shone through (Matt. 27:51). God says, “Let there be light!” (Gen. 1:3) Our heavenly father is a painter of light. and we are children of light. (Matt. 5:16).
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights. James 1:17