December 6: Hanukkah

THE MYTH

Many people believe that Hanukkah celebrates a miraculous provision of a little bit of oil that lasted for eight days.  Hence, the holiday is celebrated for eight days and a candle is lit on each night.  While that might have happened, there is no historical record of such a miracle.

The history books tell of another miracle -Israel’s military victory over a better-equipped Greek army in 163 BC.

2 Chronicles 16:9a

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

Celebrations and miracles go together in God’s Kingdom. Each feast day was the celebration of God’s character as evidenced by a miraculous event.  Since God is so good and in the miracle business, we don’t need to create, but just to celebrate!

So let’s back up a bit and look at the historical truths about both holidays.  Since Hanukkah is the older of the feasts, we’ll start there.

PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM AND FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO RECOGNIZE THE MIRACLE OF GOD’S LOVE.

During Hanukkah, the homes in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, Jerusalem, put their candles in glass boxes so everyone can join in the celebration.

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