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As part of the celebration, Jewish people will light a candle each night (this year starting November, 27, the night before Thanksgiving) to commemorate the miracle of the oil. Using a menorah (see inset), one candle is lit the first night, two the second, and so forth. However, the candles are never lit directly. Instead, a shamash (servant) candle is lit first, then it is used to light the others.
As you can see, this shamash candle sits above those it serves, and those other candles have no light of their own, but get their light from the servant.
When we follow Messiah, we “shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”(John 8:12) At this season of
Hanukkah, let’s re-dedicate!
“Do you not know your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit . . .”
(1 Cor 6:19)
The basics of Hanukkah are not specifically scriptural, but are historical. That’s because the events of the Maccabeean revolution (that’s what the feast is all about) occurred after the last book of the Tenach (Hebrew Scriptures) was written; so it is obviously not included there.
It is, however, written in John 10, verses 22 & 23, “Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the Temple . . .”
We do know that around 165 B.C. an Israeli uprising lead by a group calling themselves the Maccabees, successfully defeated the superior Greco-Syrian armies of the evil ruler Antiochus Ephinanes.
On the 25th day of the Hebrew calendar month of Kislev, the successful Jewish rebels re-dedicated the Holy Temple at Jerusalem. The Temple had been desecrated by their heathen oppressors, even a pig, a scripturally unclean animal, had been sacrificed on the Holy Altar.
The celebration of this re-dedication lasts eight days because, the legend goes, a one day’s supply of sacred oil burned in the hoy lampstand for eight days while a new supply of the oil was prepared. Hence the second title of Festival of Lights.
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Wow, it is Jesus! He came as a servant, yet is greater than those He served; and His light was given to us so we could be a light to the world. It is traditional to put the lighted menorah in a window so all can see it.“Let your light so shine among all men.”(Matt 5:16)
Now consider this: Just like the Temple in Jerusalem, we were all made for God’s holy purposes. But we have been desecrated by the sin of the world. Just like the revolt of the Maccabees, God used bloodshed (the blood of His Son) to reclaim us so we could be re-dedicated unto Him. And through His light, the miracle is accomplished.