“[…] I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning!” Yeshua responded to his disciples (Luke 10:18).
For quite some time, I’ve been asked, “What does the Bible say about Satan? What do Messianic Jews say about the matter?” You might imagine that this would be easy enough for me to answer, but the truth of the matter is that questions suchas these are very difficult to respond to in a very unique kind of a way that best supports the Jewish perspective. Why? This is because mainstream Jews do not view Satan in the very same manner the Christians do. Secondly, the larger Christian perspective overwhelms the Messianic Jewish perspective; thus, presenting what Messianic Jews believe about Satan in an objective way makes it that much difficult. If anything, we who follow the teachings of Messiah Yeshua can agree with Yeshua’s claim- he witnessed of Satan’s fall.
In order to understand the Messianic Jewish perspective on what Yeshua testified in Luke 10:18, you’d have to understand what Yeshua meant each instance he used the term Satan.
Recently, I was asked, “Rabbi, what’s a Menorah?” This brand new Messianic Jew was very genuine about his question; yet, he felt embarrassed to ask! You yourself remember the first time when you started to follow the ways of Elohim as prescribed in Torah and desired to imitate Messiah Yeshua; it can be quite a challenging experience. I personally think that we all have those uncomfortable moments when we ask ourselves, “I hope I’m not asking a dumb question.” You should know that as a lot of Messianic Jews are asking me these questions and thinking within them, “I hope this isn’t dumb,” I’m saying to myself, “How can I answer you and you get a very delightful experience?” Hopefully, we all can enjoy a very wonderful conversation and a delightful time fellowshipping in Messiah’s love.
As a result of this petition, I would like to discuss three important features about the Menorah.
In the study “Appreciating The Light,” we’ve learned that Elohim created both darkness and light (reference Isaiah 45:7). As you may already know, the study discussed both the literal and spiritual meaning of this light as well as how we can exercise Messiah’s instruction: “Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness” (Luke 11:35). After laying out the foundation as to how we can appreciate the light, this study will now what Messiah Yeshua had to say about the origins of that light along with its meaning.
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