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.
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:
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]