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October 2 - Evening

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 
'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.' ”
- John 8:12

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Light of the World


In today's text, Jesus is still on the Temple Mount while the Jews are celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles. Besides the water from the Pool of Siloam being poured out on the Temple Mount as a symbol of salvation and the Holy Spirit, the Feast of Tabernacles also includes an involved demonstration of lighting with oil lamps. Four gold lamps were set up high on the Temple Mount (even shining over the Temple Mount walls to illumine the city) with large golden bowls
filled with oil. Celebration and dancing would continue through the night as the Levites played
their variety of musical instruments. One of the large lamps was left unlit until the final night to symbolize the Jews’ future fullness of salvation.

During this final night of celebration Jesus had returned to the Temple Mount and in the midst
of the late night celebration and dancing in the glowing light of the high, large oil lamps Jesus
says to the Jewish people:

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

This immediately brought Jesus rebuke from the Pharisees. This leads to an involved
discussion with them on the Temple Mount where Jesus makes several “I am” claims
which further irritates his critics (John 8:13-59).

  Christian Quote from Church History
“It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the ground-work of human freedom.” – Horace Greeley (1811-1872), Newspaper editor, reformer, opponent of slavery
Something to Ponder??

The Nazareth Inscription is an edict from Caesar (either Tiberius, 14-37 AD, or Claudius, 41-54 AD) that was found engraved in stone in Nazareth forbidding disturbing graves. It is dated to 41 AD and seems to be a reaction to a problem concerning grave tampering similar to the charges brought against the disciples by the priests and the Roman guards concerning Jesus' "missing body" and the moved stone. It says:
"It is my decision concerning graves and tombs...that these remain undistrubed forever. But if anyone legally charges that another person has destroyed, or has in any manner extracted those who have been buried...or has moved sepulchre-sealing stones, against such a person, I order that a judicial tribunal be created...You are absolutely not to allow anyone to move those who have been entombed. But if someone does, I wish that violator to suffer capital punishment under the title of tomb-breaker." (more here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Hodos (Gr) - Way (Eng) – The word hodos occurs more than 100 times in the New Testament. Hodos can be translated "road," "highway," "street," "path," and etc. Jesus spoke of the
"broad hodos" and the "narrow hodos" in Matthew 7:13-14.
And, again Jesus said he was "The hodos",
meaning the one and only hodos to life, in John 14:6

  The Kurkh Monolith inscription from Shalmaneser, found in 1861, records the Battle of Qarqar and describes the defeat of Israel's king Ahab. Shalmaneser records that Ahab took 2,000 chariots
and 10,000 Israeli soldiers to the battle.The stele is from 853 BC when Ahab allilgned himself with 12 other kings to fight Assyrian king Shalmaneser. (more here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Jesus is the light of the world, and he told his followers that they also were the light of the world.
Is my life reflecting the light with the same brilliance and purity as the light I receive from Jesus?
The world needs this light to find their way, so I will live in the light as Jesus is in the light
in order to enable those around me find their way in this dark world.
  "A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly."
Proverbs 14:29
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Arch of Titus with Candle Stand and Table of Shewbread



The Golden Lamp Stand from Herod's Temple of 70 AD engraved inside the Arch of Titus, located in Rome southeast of the Roman Forum. It commemorates Titus' victory over the Jews and the end of the 66-70 AD Jewish revolt.This triumphal arch was built in 82 AD. The modern importance
of this arch is in the engraving found on the inside which shows the Temple treasures being carried into Rome by Roman soldiers after their destruction
of the Temple and the city of Jerusalem in 70 AD. The image clearly shows
the golden Candle Stand used by the priests. Many other items from the Temple can also be assumed to have made it to Rome. It seems these Temple treasures were taken from Rome by the Vandals but recaptured by
the Romans of the Byzantine Empire and taken to Constantinople.
The Temple treasures portrayed on the Arch of Titus may have
ended up stored in the Nea Church by Justinian.
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