הבשורה של משרדי שלום
Gospel Of Peace Ministries
The Hanukkah Spirit
What is the Hanukkah Spirit? Is it a desire to stand and fight for righteousness? It’s a desire to fight for your right to worship G-d. It is your faith in action.
We live in the world today where there is a constant fight to be able to worship our G-d in a way that G-d finds pleasing. It takes faith to stand when the world wants you to sin. When they want to force you to go against the one and only true G-d the G-d of Abraham Isaac and Jacob.
Chanukah is the story of a Jewish family who refused to submit to the government’s commands to walk away from their faith and serve other gods. During this time, there were many Jews who decided to separate themselves from their way of life and follow after other gods. But not Mattityahu and his sons.
"Maccabee,"( actually means Hammer) the first letters of the Hebrew words. Mi Kamocha Ba’eilim Hashem, "Who is like You, O G-d.” This is what Judah Maccabee said every time they went out to battle. Of course, that is what the battle was all about declaring there was no one like our G-d.
There are lessons that we as believers in Messiah can learn whether you are Jew or Gentile.
1. First we must be willing to sacrifice everything to stand in faith with our G-d. Most believers would say to themselves I would never deny Messiah, and that is good.
In the Chanukah history, there were many who lost their lives because they refused to disobey kosher laws that many believers disregard today.
2. We must refuse to disobey G-d and fight for the right to obey our G-d
Not only did they refuse to disobey G-d but they refused to let the ruling authority continue to take away their way of life. They fought a battle of flesh and blood. Many today would say that our fight is not with flesh and blood but with powers and principalities. They would be right in that we must battle with prayer. We also must understand that the enemy uses flesh and blood to battle. Most battles in the bible were done spiritually before they were executed physically. We are now battling spiritually for the last physical battle led by our Savior.
In the story, the governing authority started oppressing the people by not allowing them to worship G-d openly they eventually had to hide their faith from the police. In America and many other countries, believers are not allowed in certain places to openly worship G-d. Will we in America find ourselves like the Maccabees fighting a physical battle? Would we fight a physical battle or would we continue to play the martyr?
3. When we stand for righteousness G-d will stand with us.
The battle the Maccabees fought seemed hopeless because they were very much outnumbered. They won battle after battle and were able to take back the Temple, which was desecrated.
4. We are the Temple of G-d
2 Corinthians 6:16 (NASB)
16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM, AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
Have you defiled the Temple of G-d?
The physical temple during the time of the Maccabees had been desecrated by Jews and Gentiles who had sacrificed UN-kosher animals to other gods on the altar. The menorah light were not lit, and they were to be continuously lit.
Exodus 27:20 (NASB)
20 "You shall charge the sons of Israel, that they bring your clear oil of beaten olives for the light, to make a lamp burn continually.
Is your lamp lit?
After they had cleaned up the temple, they sought to rededicate it to Adonai. They only had enough oil for one day. It is an eight-day process to make oil for the Temple Menorah. They lit the Menorah anyway, and it stayed lit for eight days. G-d made the lamps stay lit for eight days. What a Miracle praise YHVH. He honored them for their obedience.
Traditionally during Chanukah the Chanukia is lit near a window or door for several reasons, one reason is to show others that G-d's light is greater than the darkness of this world.
1 John 1:7 (NASB)
7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Yeshua His Son cleanses us from all sin.
It’s the light of Yeshua that cleanses our temple it is his light that is greater than the darkness of this world.
16 "Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.
During this Chanukah season and everyday embrace the Chanukah Spirit. Cleanse and rededicate your Temple this year search desperately for the oil needed to lite the menorah of your heart and let the whole world see the miracle that is in you.
In His Service