|Chanukah/Festival of Lights/Dedication|
Chanukah ‚?? This is the Feast of Dedication or Festival of Lights that Jesus, Yeshua, followed which you will find written about in John 10:22. Scholars believe that Jesus, the Light of the World (John 8:12), was conceived during Hanukkah. The word ‚??Chanukah‚?Ě in Hebrew means ‚??dedication.‚?Ě
2019 Chanukah (Feast of Dedication): December 23-30. Solomon‚??s Rest will celebrate on Friday, December 14 with a potluck lunch following the service.
You will not find Chanukah mentioned in the Tanak (Old Testament) because the historical event took place during that 400-year period of time between the testaments ‚?? between the books of Malachi and Matthew. The feast commemorates the victory the Hebrew people had led by Judas Maccabaeus (named Maccabee ‚?? the hammer).
Chanukah is a season of rededication. Chanukah honors the rededication of the Temple in 165 BCE when the Hebrews were victorious over their Greek oppressors. The Greek emperor Antiochus defiled the Temple by slaughtering a pig on the altar and sprinkling its blood on the Torah scrolls. He murdered anyone who would not eat pork and brutally punished those who were circumcised, kept the Sabbath and ate a kosher diet.
You can read about the victory the Hebrews had over their Syrian oppressors in the Book of Maccabees (Chanukah celebrates the victory of the Maccabees and the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight days. According to Leviticus 24:1-2 the oil that was to be used in the temple needed to go through a specific type of processing. The oil that was found was only enough to last for one day. God miraculously caused the oil to last for 8 days, until more purified oil could be prepared.
In comparison to the original rededication of the temple, today we recognize the rededication of our bodies as temples of the living God and we dedicate our heart and recommit our lives to the Light of the World, Yeshua.
We look forward to this Feast of Lights to remind ourselves of Yeshua as the Light of the World who drives out the darkness, His righteousness conquering lawlessness, and rejoice in His victory of the clean over the unclean.