Antidote to Advent: Hanukkah - The daily practice of lighting candles

Nov 19, 2021 at 10:20 am by sonyamcclloughlockridge

The Key Word temple is used more than one hundred and fifty times in the King James Version of the Holy Word of God. In the Old Testament we learn how God considered every single know and unknown detail in the construction and content of the temple or shall we say the tabernacle or tent. And friend HE does no less with the temples, tents, tabernacles of you and me. 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

The beauty of Hanukkah is the opportunity for a thoughtful extended rededication season of this our one life to the cause and mission of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 - Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Thankfully, the Lord God almighty has provided a means for Christ to dwell within our tents, within our temples. But, the questions which may remain on the table is are our earthly temples ready and willing to be of service to The Lord God almighty? 

1 Corinthians 6:19 - What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

Hanukkah moves our focus from Jesus at the Feast of Dedication to the servanthood of the Shamash. 

The Shamash is the "helper candle". It is the ninth candle for the Hanukkah menorah, also known as the Hanukkiah/Chanukiah. It is lit before the prayers are said and the other candles are lit.

The Shamash candle is used to light all of the other candles on the menorah! The Shamash candle holds a center position of the nine. 

The Shamash candle is the first candle lit in the sea of wintery darkness. 

The beauty of The Festival of Lights is the continued daily practice of lighting candles reminds us of the one and only true light of the world: 


And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch. John 10:22-23 KJV 

This year Hanukkah begins at sundown on the evening of the twenty-eighth day of November. This is actually, also, the beginning of Advent. But, please know and understand, although Advent is a wonderful Christian tradition, there is no Biblical mention of our Jewish Lord and Savior's participation in this tradition. Also, please note and notice, we don't have to be Jewish to follow, after the one and only Jesus.

But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. Habakkuk 2:20










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