“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.
So many thoughts and events keep drawing me back to this chapter in the book of John and this image. The 10th chapter of John tells us Jesus is the DOOR and our SHEPHERD. I’ve shared this photo collage before. http://tammyjdub.blogspot.com/2018/12/time-of-dedication.html
Our wonderful Lord and Savior spoke these eternal words that give us lasting images in our hearts and minds to edify and sustain us. Much can be expounded on these pages alone – a powerful time in the life and teachings of Christ.
Greek: egkainia: dedication, renewal (of religious services)
Original Word: ἐγκαίνια, ίων, τά
Phonetic Spelling: (eng-kah’-ee-nee-ah)
Usage: a renewal, dedication; the feast of rededication.
– https://biblehub.com/greek/1456.htm – John 10:22
This reminds us that Jesus is the fulfillment of this festival – he is the one who dedicates, renews and purifies. He is the consecrating light of the world!
And Yeshua spoke again with them and he said:
“I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Light of the world.
Whoever follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall find the light of life.”
menorah: a lampstand
“My sheep hear my
voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
Greek: harpazó: to seize, catch up, snatch away
Original Word: ἁρπάζω
Phonetic Spelling: (har-pad’-zo)
Definition: to seize, catch up, snatch away
Usage: I seize, snatch, obtain by robbery.
You Turned My Mourning into Dancing
A Psalm. A Song for the dedication of the temple. Of David. I will exalt You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up and have not allowed my foes to rejoice over me. O LORD my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.
Greek: thuróros: a doorkeeper
Original Word: θυρωρός, οῦ, ὁ, ἡ
Usage: a door-keeper, porter.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:
if any man hear my voice, and open the door,
I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Hebrew Dalet ד – is the fourth letter
From which tribe will the Messiah come? Judah! (Gen 49:10, Heb 7:14)
What is the significance of the “door”? Yeshua tells us in John 10:9 – I am the door.
If anyone enters by me, he will be saved…
Putting this together, we have the Messiah coming from the Tribe of Judah, in which the name of Judah is God’s name that includes a “door” — exactly what Yeshua calls Himself!
The Place of Trumpeting Stone
A stone was discovered at the base of Robinson’s Arch (below Solomon’s Porch) inscribed with the words
“To the place of trumpeting.”
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:
for the trumpet shall sound,
and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1 Corinthians 15:52