It is written:
“Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade.” (John 10:22-23 Complete Jewish Bible)
We have here another encounter between our Messiah Yeshua and the Jews in the temple.
Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights”, celebrates the Maccabees’ rededication of the Temple in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) after its defilement by the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE, and commemorates also the miracle of the oil: one day’s supply of oil for the Temple’s lamp lasted eight days.
The celebrating of it was not confined to Yerushalayim, as that of the divine feasts was, but everyone observed it in his own place, NOT as a holy time (IT IS ONLY a DIVINE INSTITUTION that can SANCTIFY a Day), but as a good time, as the days of Purim.
Yeshua Ha-Mashiach was in Yerushalayim, not in honour of the feast, which did not require His attendance as a Jew there, but that He might improve those eight days of vacation for good purposes.
Here we have our Master Yeshua walking, ready to give audience to any that should apply to Him, and to offer them His services. He was waiting for an opportunity to do to the Jews kindness, but they took the opportunity to quarrel with Him.
Now for us Believers in the Messiah Yeshua, it is our turn. May Hanukkah be for us not only an opportunity to rededicate our own “temples” (1 Corinthians 6:19) unto YAHWEH, our Elohim and Father, as we are realizing the miracle of YAHWEH in our own lives, but also may it be for us an opportunity to do to the Jews kindness and Pray for Israel and the Jewish People, so they may receive the Best Hanukkah Message that they can hear—that Yeshua is the “TRUE LIGHT” of this world!
Let us show them the same mercy that YAHWEH, our Elohim, has shown us, so they too may now receive YAHWEH’s Mercy by giving them the opportunity to accept Yeshua.
Let us Pray that they will come to know the “Hebrew and Jewish” Messiah Yeshua and come to a knowledge of the Truth, encountering Him in a personal way, and receiving their FULL inheritance of Eternal Life through Faith by Grace.
“SHALOM ALEIKHEM!” to ALL the Isra’el Family, consisting of those who have been set apart, Jews and non-Jews, by Yeshua the Messiah and called to be YAHWEH’s holy people.
May the Grace, Mercy and Shalom of YAHWEH, our Elohim and our Father be upon us and may ALL His Truth dwells in our heart.
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