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Shine a spiritual light in the darkness

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This Sabbath’s readings focused on priests and their purpose: to shine spiritual light in the darkness. Joshua 21 lists the towns and surrounding pasture lands that were given by God to the Levites.

God did not give the Levites their own land inheritance, for he wished that they would spread out throughout the land so that his spiritual light would be available to everyone.

Examining the locations of this list of cities shows that no one in the land would have to travel more than 10 miles to reach a Levitical town, where they could find teaching on the Sabbaths and New Moons.

The Levites were scattered like salt through the land to shine spiritual light upon the people.

As the priests minister to all of Israel, so Israel herself is the "priest" to the whole world (Exodus 19:5-6).

Just as God spread the Levites throughout the land of Israel to offer spiritual light to the inhabitants, so God spreads his people throughout the entire earth, offering what was given at Mount Sinai once again in all the languages of the earth.

Israel is, has always been, and will always be God’s chosen people to offer God’s light to the world.

How the nations of the world treat Israel determines how God will ultimately treat the nations, for it is a reflection of how they treat God himself.

If they accept the spiritual light of the Torah and of Messiah, they will be blessed by it.

If they reject the light, they will not (Wisdom of Solomon 18:4).

Commenting on last Friday’s Examiner.com article entitled "Pro-Israel rally tonight in Dallas," Andy states, "You present it as if you can either support Israel or you don’t like it, black or white." While there is a time for compromise, for seeing shades of gray and finding common ground, that time passed when Yasser Arafat rejected compromise.

Although he is gone, Israel’s enemies still do not seek peace with Israel; they seek Israel’s complete destruction, confirmed by each rocket they fire into Israel. Israel cannot compromise with people who want them dead!

As Sharon Boyd, Editor/Publisher of DallasArena.com says in her article "Lines in the Sand," "Liberals don’t like to be judgmental except when they are dealing with . . . nations who have firm convictions about right and wrong, good and bad."

Right and wrong, good and bad is exactly the division brought about by shining the ineffable light of the Torah.

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