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A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication: Eighth Night

Living Worship in a Living Temple

The Eighth Night of Chanukah – A New Way to Kindle the Chanukah Lights

Before You Begin…

Rock of Ages, let our song praise Thy saving power. Thou, amidst the raging foes, wast our Sheltering Tower. Furious they assailed us, but Thine Arm availed us; and Thy Word broke their sword when our own strength failed us.

Kindling new the holy lamps, priests, approved in suffering, purified the nation’s shrine, brought to God their offering. And His courts surrounding hear, in joy abounding, happy throngs, singing songs with a mighty sounding.

Children of the martyr race, whether free or fettered, wake the echoes of the songs where ye may be scattered. Yours the message cheering that the time is nearing, which will see all men free, tyrants disappearing.

Words: by Mordecai, 14th Century; Music: “Maoz Tsur,” German Ashkenazic melody

This hymn tells in song the victories God has won for Israel and His miraculous work of preserving a people called out to be dedicated to Him forever. The Apocryphal books of the first and second book of the Maccabees relate the sorrows of Israel’s oppression–a correcting work of God to draw them back to Him–and the saving miracle, against all the odds, of keeping His promises to His people…

The Bible tells us that Yeshua made a promise of an even greater miracle—a promise made by God to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3.15; Leviticus 26.13; 1 John 3.8). He taught that people who believe in Him would have new lives dedicated to God; they would belong to Him forever (Exodus 6.7; John 10.27-30). Yeshua made the promise to people who believe in Him that the Spirit of God Himself would come to live in them forever (Leviticus 26.11-12; John 14.16-18). The Bible also tells us that the teachers who knew Yeshua explained this new life as being living temples or temples of the Holy Spirit, forever dedicated to God (Numbers 11.29; Ezekiel 11.19-20; 1 Corinthians 6.19).

1 Corinthians 6.19-20 reminds all who believe in Messiah Yeshua that a great miracle has happened in them. Faith in the Lord Jesus has made them living temples—temples alive with the Holy Spirit: “…Do you not know that your body is the temple of Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s!”

Dedicate Your Talent: From the very beginning, the work given by God as a gift to us as those formed in His own image and likeness has been to “increase and multiply and fill the earth.” (Genesis 1.28) Is the work you do each day that which glorifies you and makes a name for yourself above God—to be “FAMOUS?” Or is the work you are pursuing with your God-given talent that which increases His Name and His Kingdom and His glory upon this planet?

The Shepherd’s Voice:

  • Deuteronomy 6.5
  • Exodus 35.25-26,30-35
  • Matthew 25.14-30
  • Romans 6.13; 1 Corinthians 14.12

Kindle the Eighth Light:

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Say a New Blessing: “Blessed are You, O LORD, our God, King of the universe! You whose cunning and skill is higher than all the craftsmen on the earth. Who has made my body too wonderful to understand! Who has given me skill and talent to show Your glory and to be a blessing to others upon this earth. I dedicate my talents and skills to You, Lord. Protect me from being proud and boastful in the talents You have given me. Make me remember that You have given them to me by Your grace to show Your glory and to bless others. Teach me how to use them only for Your glory. In Yeshua the Messiah, my Lord and my Light, I pray. Amen.”

As oil was the precious fuel that kept the Light of Israel burning in the darkness, may the time you spend in the Word of God this season fill you to overflowing with His Oil of Joy to keep your lamp burning brightly in the darkness. And as you give your mind and heart to the Voice of Your Great Shepherd in His Word, may this precious celebration of Yeshua, the Light of the world kindle in your life a new found fire of dedication to your Great Shepherd.

[Excerpts from: A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication: Living Worship in a Living Temple, by Patricia Stachew, copyright 1994; and Chanukah and the Feast of Messiah, by Patricia Stachew, copyright 2003: Stillwaters Publications, Reston, VA. All rights reserved]

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A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication: Seventh Night

Living Worship in a Living Temple

The Seventh Night of Chanukah – A New Way to Kindle the Chanukah Lights

Before You Begin…

There are three principal symbols of Chanukah, the Feast of Dedication:

  • The people of Israel—a people dedicated to the God of the Bible…
  • The Holy Temple of the Bible
  • The Lampstand in the Holy Temple

What Torah Says – The Lampstand

The Hebrew word for this lampstand is “Menorah.” Scriptural history describes this furnishing in the Holy Place of Tabernacle [and later the Temple] as the only source of light for that place. It was made of pure gold and the oil for the lamp was pressed from olives and purified. It took eight days to produce a purified supply of oil for the Menorah in the Holy Place. The sons of Aaron and their descendancy of the priestly tribe had the solemn responsibility of keeping the Lampstand, the Menorah, lit night and day forever. In the Bible, light is the symbol of truth. Without light on the Menorah, the Holy Place would be a place of darkness. In the Bible, darkness was a symbol of being lost or being without the truth…

The history of the Bible tells us that many, many years before, God had made promises to the ancestors of Israel: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The history of the Bible also tells us that even in the Garden of Eden, God had made a promise to Adam and Eve that a miracle baby boy would someday be born (Genesis 3.15). The history of the Bible tells us that this miracle baby boy would come from the people of Israel (2 Samuel 7.12-14; Isaiah 7.14; Micah 5.2) but He would be very, very special…The prophet Isaiah spoke of this child:

The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.

–Isaiah 60.3

At His birth, He would be dedicated for one purpose and one purpose only: to be the only One who could forgive the sins of the entire world for all time and forever crush the power of sin in those who believe in Him. That’s a pretty special person. The history of the Bible tells us that He is the same person we remember at Christmas, which means the Feast of the Messiah. The word “messiah” is from the Hebrew word which means “the anointed one”: the one who is dedicated to God. Many of us have heard the title “christ” which is from the Greek language meaning the same thing: “the anointed one”—the one who is dedicated to God…

The history of the Bible tells us how Yeshua Himself celebrated Chanukah, The Feast of Dedication, the year before He died. In John 10.22-38, Yeshua tried to explain to the people about being dedicated to the true and living God by using the example of how a shepherd knows his sheep and his sheep know their shepherd. During that explanation, Yeshua told the people plainly that He and the Lord God are one (John 10.30). Just before Chanukah that year, John 9 records that Yeshua had shown His power over light and darkness by giving eyesight to a man blind from birth—a great miracle never before done in Israel. Imagine how happy that man was to see the lights of Chanukah that year! A few months after Chanukah that year, John 11 records that Yeshua showed His power over life and death by giving life back to one of His best friends who had been dead and buried for four whole days—a great miracle never before done in Israel!

1 Corinthians 6.19-20 reminds all who believe in Messiah Yeshua that a great miracle has happened in them. Faith in the Lord Jesus has made them living temples—temples alive with the Holy Spirit: “…Do you not know that your body is the temple of Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s!”

Dedicate Your Feet: How are you using the feet God given you and sanctified for His glory?

The Shepherd’s Voice:

  • Deuteronomy 6.5
  • Psalm 119.1
  • Proverbs 4.26-27
  • Proverbs 6.16-19

Kindle the Seventh Light:

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Say a New Blessing: “Blessed are You, O LORD, our God, King of the universe! Whose feet walk upon the Heaven of heavens. Whose feet have walked among us on the earth. Whose feet obeyed the commands of Joseph and Miriam and were pierced at Moriah’s Golgotha for my sin. Who has given me feet to carry me wherever I need to go in my life: to play, to dance in praise before You. I dedicate my feet to You, Lord. Direct the steps of my feet in Your Word; turn my feet to walk in obedience to You. Protect them from running to do what is unclean in Your sight, I pray, in the Name of Yeshua, the Messiah, my Lord and my Light. Amen.”

As oil was the precious fuel that kept the Light of Israel burning in the darkness, may the time you spend in the Word of God this season fill you to overflowing with His Oil of Joy to keep your lamp burning brightly in the darkness. And as you give your mind and heart to the Voice of Your Great Shepherd in His Word, may this precious celebration of Yeshua, the Light of the world kindle in your life a new found fire of dedication to your Great Shepherd.

[Excerpts from: A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication: Living Worship in a Living Temple, by Patricia Stachew, copyright 1994; and Chanukah and the Feast of Messiah, by Patricia Stachew, copyright 2003: Stillwaters Publications, Reston, VA. All rights reserved]

A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication: Sixth Night

Living Worship in a Living Temple

The Sixth Night of Chanukah – A New Way to Kindle the Chanukah Lights

Before You Begin…

There are three principal symbols of Chanukah, the Feast of Dedication:

  • The people of Israel—a people dedicated to the God of the Bible…
  • The Holy Temple of the Bible
  • The Lampstand in the Holy Temple

What Torah Says – The Temple

The Tabernacle [and later the Temple] was the dwelling place on earth for the only true and living God. This one place was the center and focal point for all of life among the people set apart (dedicated) to belong to a holy God. It was to the Temple [and earlier the Tabernacle] that all men on earth—both Jew and non-Jew—must come for learning of the only true God. It was to the Temple [and earlier the Tabernacle] that all men on earth—both Jew and non-Jew—must turn to prayer and petition to the only true and living G-d. It was to the door of the Tabernacle [and later the door of the Temple] to which all men on earth—both Jew and non-Jew—must come seeking forgiveness for sin against a holy God. In the Holy Bible it is written for all men everywhere that there was one place, one door, one way—only one—for hope of dedication and forgiveness before a holy God. It was the holiest place on planet earth. Everything that was in it was to be pure and holy to God—undefiled. If anything ever happened to that Holy Temple to defile it or to destroy it, no man on earth—neither Jew nor non-Jew—would have a place to learn of God or find forgiveness for sinning against Him.

Reader, do you understand the weight and gravity of this historical fact? Whatever your spiritual persuasion, this is Biblical history. These are the recorded facts of life for the people which Biblical history records as those whom a holy God dedicated from among mankind to be the messengers to all men of His Way of redemption from the rebellion against God which the Bible declares renders all men everywhere worthy of condemnation before Him. Other symbols have risen in the celebration of this season, most of them overshadowing the clear historical fact that what the armies of Israel fought and bled and died to regain was the Holy Temple—the center and focus for their God-given way of life and the one Sanctuary of truth on earth. Chanukah is about the re-dedication of this Temple—the dwellingplace of a holy God among His people.

Almost 400 years after the Temple had been rededicated by the family of Mattithias Hasmoneas (the Maccabees), many of God’s people had once again wandered away from their dedication to God. Like people lost in the darkness, they were having trouble finding their way back to His Light, the Truth. Until a great miracle happened there! One special Person named Yeshua was born. This is the Hebrew name for the one many know as Jesus. The history of the Bible says He was born as a miracle child in Israel, and dedicated completely to God. The history of the Bible says He was the living Temple of God on earth. The history of the Bible says He was not only born on a night filled with the light from heaven, but was promised as the everlasting Light of Israel

1 Corinthians 6.19-20 reminds all who believe in Messiah Yeshua that a great miracle has happened in them. Faith in the Lord Jesus has made them living temples—temples alive with the Holy Spirit: “…Do you not know that your body is the temple of Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s!”

Dedicate Your Hands: How are you using the hands God has sanctified for His glory in your living temple?

The Shepherd’s Voice:

  • Deuteronomy 6.5
  • Ecclesiastes 9.10
  • Colossians 3.17

Kindle the Sixth Light:

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Say a New Blessing: “Blessed are You, O LORD our God, King of the universe! Whose hands have formed me from the dust of the ground. Whose hands have touched the sick and healed them. Whose hands obeyed the commands of Joseph and Miriam and were pierced at Moriah’s Golgotha for my sin. Who has given me hands to touch the beauty of Your creation, to fold in prayer, to lift up in praise to You, and to do my daily work. I dedicate my hands to You, Lord. Teach them to faithfully do the work you have given me each day. Teach them the kindness of Messiah Yeshua toward others. Let them never be raised in hate toward others. Keep them holy for You, that I may lift them in prayer and praise before You. In the Name of Yeshua the Messiah, my Lord and my Light. Amen.”

As oil was the precious fuel that kept the Light of Israel burning in the darkness, may the time you spend in the Word of God this season fill you to overflowing with His Oil of Joy to keep your lamp burning brightly in the darkness. And as you give your mind and heart to the Voice of Your Great Shepherd in His Word, may this precious celebration of Yeshua, the Light of the world kindle in your life a new found fire of dedication to your Great Shepherd.

[Excerpts from: A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication: Living Worship in a Living Temple, by Patricia Stachew, copyright 1994; and Chanukah and the Feast of Messiah, by Patricia Stachew, copyright 2003: Stillwaters Publications, Reston, VA. All rights reserved]

A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication: Fifth Night

Living Worship in a Living Temple

The Fifth Night of Chanukah:

A New Way to Kindle the Chanukah Lights

What is the Festival of Chanukah? It is the Feast of Dedicating the Holy Temple of Israel back to a holy God.

Many have told the story that the great miracle which happened there that the one day’s oil kept the light of the Menorah glowing for eight days. Many say that this is the reason that the Feast of Dedication is celebrated for eight nights.

Others say that the reason the Feast of Dedication was eight days long is that the people had not had a chance to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles while Antiochus was in the land. The Feast of Tabernacles is celebrated for eight days. When the little armies of the Maccabee (the Hasmonean) brothers took back the Temple, it is possible that the priests decided to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles when the Temple was cleansed and ready–on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev.

Because the Lampstand is an important part of the Temple, it is an important part of Chanukah. Whatever happened that year, it was a miracle done by the God of Israel. He is the true hero of Chanukah. We remember His great love and miracles for His people, and for us, at the season of Chanukah; we celebrate by lighting a special Chanukah menorah each night for eight nights. Unlike the Menorah which stood in the Holy Place of the Temple, this Chanukah menorah has nine lamps on it: one is a “Servant” candle with which to light the other eight.

Before You Begin…

There are three principal symbols of Chanukah, the Feast of Dedication:

  • The people of Israel—a people dedicated to the God of the Bible…
  • The Holy Temple of the Bible
  • The Lampstand in the Holy Temple

What Torah Says – The People of Israel

The historical account of the Hebrew Scriptures shows that one true and living God took one family among all men on earth to become an entire nation dedicated and set apart to know Him and to bless all other nations on the earth with the knowledge of Him. Biblical history also shows that God took one tribe from among all the tribes of Israel to serve as His priestly ministers among them. This was the tribe of Levi, the third son of Jacob’s 12 sons. Of the two surviving sons of the tribe of Levi who came out of Egyptian bondage, God made two orders of priestly ministers: Aaron’s sons were made the ministers of the Holy Place. They and their descendancy would stand as mediators and intercessors between the people and a holy God through the atoning sacrifices on the altar. Moses’ sons and their descendancy were given as a gift to Aaron and his sons. Their duties were to be the carrying of the Tabernacle and care of the furnishings and garments for the sons of Aaron. The entire priestly tribe was to be dedicated as shepherds or teachers for His people—Jewish people and non-Jewish people who wanted to learn of Him and belong to Him. The priests were given the job of reading the Word of God and showing it and speaking it to God’s people. Like good shepherds, they were to be “dedicated” to their sheep. They were to keep the people of Israel close to hearing the voice of the Lord who is their Great Shepherd. They were to keep the people of Israel dedicated to God, their Great Shepherd. As sheep learn to be dedicated to their shepherd, the people of Israel were to listen and obey the voice of their Great Shepherd. If the priests ever made the foolish choice of turning their hearts away from hearing the voice of their Great Shepherd, God’s sheep would soon turn away, too.

Reader, do you understand the weight of privilege and responsibility to a people who had encountered the power and majesty and glory of the living God before their eyes and heard with their ears? Whatever your spiritual persuasion, the record of Biblical history records that this people were a dedicated people. Their lives and heritage were much more than bagels and potato latkes and little spinning dreydels. Many traditions have risen in the celebration of this season, and most of them overshadow the clear historical fact that what the armies of Israel fought and bled and died to regain was the way of life which the true and living God had given them centuries before. Chanukah is about dedication of one’s life to the only true and living God.

1 Corinthians 6.19-20 reminds all who believe in Messiah Yeshua that a great miracle has happened in them. Faith in the Lord Jesus has made them living temples—temples alive with the Holy Spirit: “…Do you not know that your body is the temple of Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s!”

Dedicate Your Ears: A native American Indian once astonished a New Yorker with his practiced ability to hear a cricket chirping in mid-town Manhattan during the normal din of the business day. The noise and clamor of this world can easily drown out the sounds we were created to hear and enjoy—especially the still, small voice of your Great Shepherd. How are you training the ears God has sanctified for His glory?

The Shepherd’s Voice:

  • Deuteronomy 6.5
  • Proverbs 19.27
  • Isaiah 55.3
  • John 10.27

Kindle the Fifth Light:

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Say a New Blessing: “Blessed are You, O LORD, our God, King of the universe! Whose ears always hear the cry of your children. Who gave me ears to hear the wonderful sounds of your creation and the voices of those who love me. I dedicate my ears to You, O Lord. Protect them from the unholy noises of this world that exalt sin, teach lies mingled with truth, and do not glorify You. Make my ears eager to hear the teaching and correction of my elders, according to Your Word. In the Name of Yeshua the Messiah, my Lord and my Light. Amen.”

As oil was the precious fuel that kept the Light of Israel burning in the darkness, may the time you spend in the Word of God this season fill you to overflowing with His Oil of Joy to keep your lamp burning brightly in the darkness. And as you give your mind and heart to the Voice of Your Great Shepherd in His Word, may this precious celebration of Yeshua, the Light of the world kindle in your life a new found fire of dedication to your Great Shepherd.

[Excerpts from: A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication: Living Worship in a Living Temple, by Patricia Stachew, copyright 1994; and Chanukah and the Feast of Messiah, by Patricia Stachew, copyright 2003: Stillwaters Publications, Reston, VA. All rights reserved]

A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication: Fourth Night

Living Worship in a Living Temple

The Fourth Night of Chanukah – A New Way to Kindle the Chanukah Lights

Before you begin: 1 Corinthians 6.19-20 reminds all who believe in Messiah Yeshua that a great miracle has happened in them. Faith in the Lord Jesus has made them living temples—temples alive with the Holy Spirit: “…Do you not know that your body is the temple of Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s!”

Dedicate Your Eyes: This is the part of your living temple that surveys all the images in the world—those created by God and those manufactured by man’s workmanship. What your eyes survey influences your mind and your heart. In a world hungry for visual gratification, you cannot stop all the images which clamor for the attention of your eyes. But how are you directing your eyes which have been sanctified by God for His glory?

The Shepherd’s Voice:

  • Deuteronomy 6.5
  • Proverbs 15.3
  • Proverbs 27.20
  • 1 John 2.15-16

Kindle the Fourth Light:

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Say a New Blessing: “Blessed are You, O LORD our God, King of the universe! Whose eyes continually watch over the earth; who gave me eyes to see the beauty of Your creation and to read: I dedicate my eyes to You, O Lord. Cleanse them from lusting after the sinful images and pleasures of this world. Teach them to be careful to daily read Your Word. In the Name of Yeshua, my Lord and my Light. Amen.”

As oil was the precious fuel that kept the Light of Israel burning in the darkness, may the time you spend in the Word of God this season fill you to overflowing with His Oil of Joy to keep your lamp burning brightly in the darkness. And as you give your mind and heart to the Voice of Your Great Shepherd in His Word, may this precious celebration of Yeshua, the Light of the world kindle in your life a new found fire of dedication to your Great Shepherd.

[Excerpt from A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication: Living Worship in a Living Temple, by Patricia Stachew, copyright 1994, Stillwaters Publications, Reston, VA. All rights reserved]

A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication: Third Night

Living Worship in a Living Temple

The Third Night of Chanukah – A New Way to Kindle the Chanukah Lights

Before you begin: 1 Corinthians 6.19-20 reminds all who believe in Messiah Yeshua that a great miracle has happened in them. Faith in the Lord Jesus has made them living temples—temples alive with the Holy Spirit: “…Do you not know that your body is the temple of Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s!”

Dedicate Your Tongue: This is the part of your living temple that makes a profound difference in the lives of people around you. How are your using your tongue?.

The Shepherd’s Voice:

  • Proverbs 15.4
  • Proverbs 18.21
  • Proverbs 21.23
  • James 3.5-8

Kindle the Third Light:

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Say a New Blessing:Blessed are You, O LORD our God, King of the universe! Who has spoken Your words of life through Moses and the prophets and Your Son Yeshua. Who has given me a tongue to praise You, to tell others what I have learned and what is in my heart. I dedicate my tongue to speak as one who believes from the heart that there is not a word on my tongue that You do not already know about. Teach me to speak as a child who has learned both knowledge and understanding—both mercy and truth. In the Name of Yeshua the Messiah, my Lord and my Light. Amen.”

As oil was the precious fuel that kept the Light of Israel burning in the darkness, may the time you spend in the Word of God this season fill you to overflowing with His Oil of Joy to keep your lamp burning brightly in the darkness. And as you give your mind and heart to the Voice of Your Great Shepherd in His Word, may this precious celebration of Yeshua, the Light of the world kindle in your life a new found fire of dedication to your Great Shepherd.

[Excerpt from A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication: Living Worship in a Living Temple, by Patricia Stachew, copyright 1994, Stillwaters Publications, Reston, VA. All rights reserved]

A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication: Second Night

Living Worship in a Living Temple

The Second Night of Chanukah – A New Way to Kindle the Chanukah Lights

Before you begin: 1 Corinthians 6.19-20 reminds all who believe in Messiah Yeshua that a great miracle has happened in them. Faith in the Lord Jesus has made them living temples—temples alive with the Holy Spirit: “…Do you not know that your body is the temple of Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s!”

Dedicate Your HeartThis is the part of your living temple which responds to the knowledge you store in your mind. Whatever wisdom or understanding you have in your heart will govern how you use the knowledge you have in your mind, and what you do with the rest of your temple.

The Shepherd’s Voice:

  • Deuteronomy 6.5
  • Psalm 139
  • Proverbs 4.23
  • Matthew 15.18-20

Kindle the Second Light:

chanukah2bSay a New Blessing: “Blessed are You, O LORD our God, King of the universe! Whose heart is pure, just and loving; who knows all the secrets of my heart; who gave me a heart to get wisdom and understanding in the way I should use what I know: I dedicate my heart to You, Lord. Cleanse all the things I have stored in it that are selfish, bitter, and unholy. Fill it with a hunger for Your wisdom and obedience to You. In the Name of Yeshua the Messiah, my Lord and my Light. Amen.”

As oil was the precious fuel that kept the Light of Israel burning in the darkness, may the time you spend in the Word of God this season fill you to overflowing with His Oil of Joy to keep your lamp burning brightly in the darkness. And as you give your mind and heart to the Voice of Your Great Shepherd in His Word, may this precious celebration of Yeshua, the Light of the world kindle in your life a newfound fire of dedication to your Great Shepherd.

[Excerpt from A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication: Living Worship in a Living Temple, by Patricia Stachew, copyright 1994, Stillwaters Publications, Reston, VA. All rights reserved]

 

A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication

LIVING WORSHIP IN A LIVING TEMPLE

The First Night of Chanukah – A New Way to Kindle the Chanukah Lights

Before you begin: 1 Corinthians 6.19-20 reminds all who believe in Messiah Yeshua that a great miracle has happened in them. Faith in the Lord Jesus has made them living temples—temples alive with the Holy Spirit: “…Do you not know that your body is the temple of Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s!”

Dedicate Your Mind: This is the part of your living temple which stores up knowledge. In this age of information, all the knowledge available to you is not always good for you. What kind of knowledge are you storing up in the mind your Lord has sanctified for His glory?

The Shepherd’s Voice:

  • Deuteronomy 6.5; 8.18
  • Romans 12.2
  • Philippians 4.8

Kindle the First Light:

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Say a New Blessing: “Blessed are You, O LORD, our God, King of the universe! Whose thoughts are higher than my thoughts and by whose perfect reasonings with me has brought me to bow before You. Who gave me a mind to learn what I need to know to prosper on the earth: I dedicate my mind to You, Lord. Cleanse all the things I have stored in it that are foolish, vain, and unclean. Fill it with the knowledge of You. In the Name of Yeshua the Messiah, my Lord and my Light. Amen.”

As oil was the precious fuel that kept the Light of Israel burning in the darkness, may the time you spend in the Word of God this season fill you to overflowing with His Oil of Joy to keep your lamp burning brightly in the darkness. And as you give your mind and heart to the Voice of Your Great Shepherd in His Word, may this precious celebration of Yeshua, the Light of the world kindle in your life a newfound fire of dedication to your Great Shepherd.

[Excerpt from A Celebration of Chanukah – The Feast of Dedication: Living Worship in a Living Temple, by Patricia Stachew, copyright 1994, Stillwaters Publications, Reston, VA. All rights reserved]

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