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 Heart: This 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:
Say 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]