The Hanukkah Story

The Hanukkah story reveals God’s steadfast character and allows us to activate victory in our lives.

The Hanukkah Story

This story:

  • Inspire you to stand firm in your faith
  • Allow you to see the miracles God is doing in this season
  • Equip you to resist the oppressive spirits that want to steal your freedom

Hanukkah is a historical holiday highlighting how God works miracles, and is celebrated by the Jewish people every year. More and more believers are starting to understand how this important holiday is part of their spiritual heritage too.

Many believers ask questions about Hanukkah, and here I will answer them.?.

What does Hanukkah mean?

Hanukkah, means “dedication, consecration, or inauguration” in Hebrew, It is known as the “Feast of Dedication” or the “Festival of Lights.”

This year Hanukkah 2022 is the Hebrew year 5783

Hanukkah begins this year on the evening of Sunday, December 18th And ends on the evening of Monday, December 26th. The festival has been celebrated throughout the world more than 2100 years.

What does Hanukkah celebrate?

The Hanukkah story celebrates the rededication of the holy temple and roots one in 165 BC. The temple was rededicated after the Maccabees defeated the army of the Greek Syrian ruler, Antiochus IV Epiphanies.

The war between the Maccabees and Anntiochus IV was known as the Maccabean war.

What is the story of Hanukkah?

Around 167 BC, did you wish people were living under a foreign power. A few generations before, the Greeks had come into power under Alexander the Great. He unified a common world under a Hellenistic culture.

After the death of Alexander the Great, there was a division of the empire. The Syrians p, or Seleucids as they were sometimes called, was one of the divisions that came under the of Antiochus IV Epiphanies.

Can you keep the Hellenistic culture alive, Antiochus enforced a policy that everyone in his region of control must submit to the Greek way of life and worship Greek gods and goddesses.

Antiochus outlawed the practice of Judaism at this when I against the “superior” way of life and values. He issued decrees forbidding the practice of the rituals of the log Moses and destroy copies of the Bible (The Torah).

Decrees remain against the absorbance of the Sabbath, the Feasts, and circumcision. Antiochus also set up an altar in the Jewish temple to the Greek god Zeus, with pork offerings. These acts desecrated the temple and sparked up the Maccabean revolt.

The revolt were led by the local high priest, Mattathias and his sons who became known as the Maccabees. The Maccabees were outnumbered and under supplied. They had to rely on the Lord to provide knowledge, wisdom and creativity to overcome.

After three and a half years of war, Antiochus’s army was defeated by Jewish forces.

What is the miracle of Hanukkah?

As you can imagine, the world that destruction in its path, and a desecrated Temple for the Jewish people to restore.

This is where the miracle of Hanukkah comes in. The Jewish people had to get rid of the Temple of idolatrous structures that the Syrians had left behind. They also had to restore the holy furnishings, one being the Temple Menorah, which symbolize the light of God.

But there was a problem…

They needed specially prepared oil to light the Menorah, buy only had enough oil for it to burn for one day. The priests knew it would at least take eight days for new oriole to be produced and prepared.

Moving forward in faith, they lit the Menorah and got to work preparing the next batch of oil. A miracle was witnessed as the Menorah burned past the first day and lasted eight days until the new oil was fully prepared.

The miraculously lit Menorah became known as the Hanukkiah. The Hanukkiah is a symbol of the miracle of the oil. Unlike the Temple Menorah Which is a 7 lamp, 6 branch candlelabra, The Hanukkiah has eight branches with a sham ash candle.

Did Jesus celebrate Hanukkah?

Jesus, the Light of the world, it’s recorded as being at the Temple in Jerusalem and walking is Solomon’s Porch during the Feast of Dedication:

“The Feast of Dedication (of the reconsecration of the temple) was is taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in Solomons Porch in the temple area” (John 10:22-23).

Why celebrate Hanukkah as a believer?

As a son or daughter who has been grafted in to the family of God, the Hanukkah story is part of your story.

The Maccabees set out to take back what was their rightful heritage – the Holy Temple of God. They thought to restore it from a Greek culture back to a Hebraic mindset.

Likewise, as believers, we have an opportunity every year to clean up our temples (our lives, bodies) that have been tainted by the world of Hellenistic thanking.

We celebrate because Jesus is the Light of the world. Jesus leads us out of seemingly overwhelming odds and darkness into the light of victory. When we follow Jesus, we have a promise: he won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.

Then Jesus spoke to them… “ I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12).

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