December 18, 2009

Last Night of Chanuka

Tonight we lit the last Chanuka candles. This marks the end of eight days of remembering the miracle that the Father did for His people.

Chanuka is the celebration to remember that the pure oil for Yahweh's menorah stayed lit, not for one day, but for all eight days that it took to make new oil. The oil that the Maccabees found when restoring Yahweh's temple after the Greek invasion was only enough to light the temple menorah for one day. Instead the light stayed lit for eight days. That's a full week longer than it was supposed to last! Only Yahweh could have done something like this.

Most people spend this time of year commemorating "Christmas" or arguing over the observance of that day. But I want to give a short explanation for why it is important to honor the festival of Chanuka.

I will first say that Yahweh did not command us to celebrate this festival. However, His Son, Yeshua did celebrate it- as we can see from various verses which include John 10:22-23: "And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Yahshua walked in the temple in Solomon's porch." Why else would Yahshua be specifically mentioned to be in the Temple at this time of year?

The light of the menorah is like the light of the Father in us. In John 15:5, Yahshua said, "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." Without going into extremely detailed explanation, the menorah looks like a vine with branches. The center, which holds the rest of the menorah up, is the vine -or Yahshua. The arms which reach out from this vine to hold the candles are the branches- or those who accept Yahshua as their Messiah.

*Photo courtesy of MileChai.com*

Among other places, Yahshua tells us in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall by no means walk in darkness, but possess the light of life."

During Chanuka, we light the candles and place the menorah in a window. Why? So that others- outside in the darkness- can see the light. We, as believers, are examples to the rest of the world, shining our light before men, that they may see our good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven. Or rather allowing His light to shine through us.

There are so many analogies that could be made here, and I'm sure that I haven't scratched the surface in trying to explain anything! But I do hope that you get the general gist of what I'm trying to say! :-)

Mat 5:15-16 "Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

Got to go! Blessings and Happy Chanuka!

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Isaiah 60: "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of Yahweh is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but Yahweh shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of Yahweh.
All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory. Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of Yahweh thy Elohim, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee. And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of Yahweh, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I Yahweh am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.
Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but Yahweh shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy Elohim thy glory.
Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for Yahweh shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I Yahweh will hasten it in his time."

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