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:
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]