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The Truth About Hanukkah

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28 thoughts on “The Truth About Hanukkah

  1. hi Paul Im just wondering where the lighting of the candles comes from. It’s not in the maccabees and was just wondering if that is man made tradition. I know the menorah is in the Bible, but the actual lighting of the candles one night at a time…is that man made?

  2. if you haven’t already done so can you please do a lesson/teaching on atonement for sin please? what is required for atonement? Yeshua’s sacrifice ended the killing of animal blood so should we be doing it and how?

    • +rachel hendrickson
      well I hope some of these comments have helped, though I would not want to nor assume they are definitive, but perhaps some of the explanations provided and the verses as found in the Scripture might assist

      I also recalled this particular verse that might be relevant to your considerations:

      For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

      The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

      Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

      Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
      (Psalms 51:16 – 19)

      I think the juxtaposition, i.e. the apparent contrast, between verses 16 and 19 are to highlight that meaningful sacrifice is of the heart and will when guided to learn about God’s good ways for all of humanity, and by relation for all of creation, thus ‘burnt offerings’ when so juxtaposed refers to how sacrifices have ultimately come from the heart i.e. learning to be gentle, kind, good-willed and endeavouring to improve in these good ways (see also Hosea 14:2 for another use of animal sacrifice as metaphor for what is counted as genuine offerings)

      ultimately to atone, we try and live by God’s ways, God wants us to be gentle and kind, as we hope not to judge, we should not judge (we can distinguish between right and wrong, but should not outright condemn the individual), as we hope to be forgiven we should try to forgive, even as we are imperfect and have not always been thankful nonetheless we might have the opportunity to see this is how God wants us to live towards others (who might not always be thankful or kind with us, even when we are kind to them):

      But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, *and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful* and to the evil.

      *Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful*.

      Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
      (Luke 6:35 – 37)

      it sounds good, but sometimes it can prove very challenging, and we are far from perfect but when we can see the fuller meaning of the law we should hope to improve in these ways and endeavour to keep trying, perhaps this might be a good example of how we continually learn to offer atonement and peace offerings (the types of sacrifices as found in the earlier Torah books)

    • +rachel hendrickson Ezekiel 18 and Deuteronomy 30 and remember there was no temple between temple 1 and 2 and sacrifice is the lowest form of atonement

  3. Hi Paul, I am new to messianic lifestyle and just want to ask, if that Hanukkiah is not an idol… because it represents something that is not commended us to celebrate like in the book of Leviticus (or is it?). Also.. did Yeshua really go the Feast of Dedication to partake or rebuke those there? Because in John 10:25-26 He tells them that they believe not and are not of His sheep. That is pretty strong rebuke.. I think. He must have known going in, He’d have that situation.

  4. this tradition isnt in the scriptures. this is a tradition not a law. Yahweh. left us appointed dates not this holiday.shalom

  5. You are right Paul, about loosing meaning in translation in scriptures. Are there Torah with accurate English translations out there, I really need this . I really like to be able to understand Hebrew, be such a great benefit

  6. I cennot believe how evil the Greek rulers were, to Jewish people , the history so awful, can’t believe the Jewish people were persecuted so much in the ancient time.

  7. Hi Paul thanks for the message I think G-D has something very special in store for Hanukkah….we see that Hanukkah is associated with Tabernacles (Birthday of the LORD?) and the time He came to dwell among US the light of the world and not just one light, many bright 7 candlestands? The Menorah (7 candlestands) also plays a part here, but don’t forget: there’s a very famous painting of the Menorah being carted away after the Romans destroyed the second Temple! Lets be sure the this Menorah (light of the world dosen’t get taken away by Edom! seek out mysteries of heaven you will be blessed!

  8. Yeshuah also celebrated Hanukkah: “Then came the Festival of Dedication¬†at Jerusalem. It was winter,¬†¬†and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon‚Äôs Colonnade.¬†The Jews¬†who were there gathered around him, saying, ‚ÄúHow long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.‚ÄĚ

    ¬†Jesus answered,¬†‚ÄúI did tell you,¬†but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father‚Äôs name testify about me,¬†¬†but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.¬†¬†My sheep listen to my voice; I know them,¬†and they follow me.¬†¬†I give them eternal life,¬†and they shall never perish;¬†no one will snatch them out of my hand.¬†¬†My Father, who has given them to me,¬†is greater than all;¬†no one can snatch them out of my Father‚Äôs hand.¬†I and the Father are one.‚ÄĚ (Jn 10,22-30)

  9. HalleluYAH….not to forget the events of mordicai and Esther against those before against the exiled…self defense is allowed…most important tho is guarding the Torah and being protected by YAHs promise….

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