Scripture readings for the last day of Hanukkah
Thank you Lord! The eighth candle has been lit and we rejoice that it stands for a new beginning. As we reflect on this last day of Hanukkah here are some Scripture readings to engage our hearts and minds.
Scripture readings for the last day of Hanukkah are these:
Genesis 41:1-44:17 from the Torah or the First Testament and it covers the account of Joseph being sold into slavery and how God established him or ‘settled’ him, even in the time of his imprisonment and the years of slavery that his brethren forced upon him. This account is told from the perspective of God bringing all things to a good ending or conclusion that favors all of His children. The readings from the Torah for this day are called, ‘Miketz,’ which means ‘At the end of.’ Even when dire circumstances arise in our lives or persecution comes upon us because of our walk with the Lord Y’shua because of our determination to walk righteously even as He did, we can know in our hearts that God has already ‘settled’ a goodly conclusion at the end of the tribulation. It is He that shall restore us. It is written in:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
The entire second reading is this: 1 Kings 3:15-4:1 but we find in:
1 Kings 3:26-28
Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it. Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof. And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.
This speaks of the enemy who is sometimes camped out in our own encampment, who has partaken of the goodness of God; God Himself shall expose them and bring wisdom into even those situations that hinge on the edge of life and death even as He brought to light the real mother of the child in question.
The final reading for this first day of celebration concludes in:
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
But God was with Joseph, giving him the wisdom to bring him once again to his Father who still grieved his loss. God even brought Joseph to the point to allow him to forgive those who sold him into slavery and falsified his death to his father, Israel. In the second account the two women were fighting over the one living child, both claiming that the child was theirs. God gave wisdom to King Solomon in order to determine the true mother. In this situation the true mother’s enemy was living with her, attempting to usurp her role as the mother of the living child. God cares enough about us to even be involved in every situation that we find ourselves dealing with on a daily basis.
This is what God our Father and Creator does for those who worship Him and Him only and who choose to live righteously. He delivers, lifts up and restores those who have been brought down through the unrighteousness of others. He gives wisdom to those who ask of Him and upbraids us not. If we rely on man’s wisdom we shall not prevail, but if we wait for the Lord and His wisdom, we shall stand “in the power of God.”
So think upon these things as you light your eighth candle tonight.