Bible Commentary: “Hanukah (Chanukah)” The Days Of ChristmasDecember 7, 2015 at 10:18 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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We are counting down the days until Christmas and we here at Word of Encouragement would like to spend this time together reviewing the prophecies and scriptures concerning the birthday of our King and seeing how they might apply to us today and seeing what encouragement we can receive from them. Today is also the first day of the feast of Hanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights.
2 Chronicles 7:1-9 gives us this account, “When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD. And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand head of cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the people dedicated the temple of God. So Solomon observed the festival at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him–a vast assembly, people from Lebo Hamath to the Wadi of Egypt”. This was the first dedication of the Temple to the Lord.
The story is told that the Syrian king, Antiochus ordered the Jewish people to reject their God, their religion, their customs and their beliefs and to worship the Greek gods. There were some who did as they were told, but many refused. One who refused was Judah Maccabee. He and his four brothers formed an army and chose as their name the word “Maccabee”, which means hammer. After three years of fighting, the Maccabees were finally successful in driving the Syrians out of Israel and reclaimed the Temple in Jerusalem. The Maccabees wanted to clean the building and to remove the hated Greek symbols and statues. On the 25th day of the month of Kislev, the job was finished and the temple was rededicated. When Judah and his followers finished cleaning the temple, they wanted to light the eternal light, known as the N’er Tamid, which is present in every Jewish house of worship. Once lit, the oil lamp should never be extinguished. They searched and found only one remaining jar of oil with the seal of the Kohen Gadol (the High Priest). Although it contained only enough oil to burn for one day, a miracle occurred, and the oil burned eight days. The Jewish people celebrate Chanukah to mark the victory over the Syrians and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. The Festival of the Lights, Chanukah, lasts for eight days to commemorate the miracle of the oil. The word Chanukah means “rededication”
Child of God – When the Temple was first dedicated the glory of God came down in fire and filled the Temple and the people worshipped. Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit and Jesus is our High Priest and it is He who seals us. We are now the temple, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own (1 Corinthians 6:19)”. Let us be filled with the glory of God and worship and give Him praise for anointing us with the pure oil of His Holy Spirit.
Lord let your oil never run out in me. That I may have the light of your Spirit shining in me, and that this light would go out and illuminate those around me I ask today. Amen.
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