Posts Tagged ‘Hanukkah’

Happy Hanukkah!!!  Rejoice, God is not dead and is still the same. He is still doing miracles and has great things in store for those who love Him!! In fact, He has great things in store for those who do not know and love Him yet.

Tonight we light the first candle of 8. The first thing we realize about this menorah is that it has 9 candles instead of the usual 7, as in the Temple. The Hanukkah menorah is special because it symbolizes the miracle of  one day’s supply of oil lasting for eight days.

The middle candle is called the Shamash and lights each candle, one per day. The candles are to be lit from right to left.

First Night Only  The prayer to be prayed each night as you light your candle is as follows: (Hebrew) Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

Add blessing below to the first night’s prayer

Remaining 7 nights

Hebrew: Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Chanukah. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-te-nu ba-ya-mim ha-hem bi-z’man ha-zeh.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.

Yeshuah said that we are the “light of the world”. I challenge you each of these special 8 days to begin anew to renew the flame of your love for Him. Let the world see how we are ‘Blessed to be a blessing’. Let your light shine!

Sundown December 8, 2012 begins the 8 day Hebrew festival of Hanukkah.

It is also spelled Chanukah, or called the Festival of Lights or Feast or Dedication. The word Hanukkah itself means “re-dedication“. This festival is always from Kislev 25 to Tevet 2 on the Hebrew calendar, but on the calendar we use in our everyday lives it falls on different Gregorian calendar days. This is the only holiday (holy day) that covers 2 months.

John 10:22, “And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.”  The NLT Bible reads “It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah

In John 8:12 & 9:5 Jesus says that He is the light of this world. In Matthew 5:14 Jesus says that we are to be the light of this world. We can only be the light of this world by reflecting the true Light of Jesus. As we behold the glory of His face, we will shine in this world’s present darkness.

This is not one of the 7 Feasts of the Lord, but a memorial holiday. They remember the miracle that happened and to celebrate the miracle and provision on that first Hanukkah in 167 BC. The holy temple of God had been defiled, to the extent that a pig was sacrificed on the holy altar of God by the successors of Alexander the Great. Judah Maccabee (The Hammer) organized a revolt and they succeeded in getting back the Holy Temple of God. The problem, cleaning up the unholiness and bringing back holiness into the Temple. There was only enough holy oil for the Menorah to light the Temple for 1 day and it took 8 days for the procedure to make the oil holy. A miracle happened when 1 day’s supply of oil lasted 8 days. On the 8th day they celebrated the miracle and from then until now, they celebrate and remember the miracles of God.

I will post a special Hanukkah message each day for the next 8 days- hope you enjoy!