By Kathi Pelton
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples,but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Isaiah 60:1-2
Tomorrow night the Jewish festival, Hanukkah, begins. This is also known as the “Festival of Lights“. The origin of this festival began over twenty-one centuries ago when The Holy Land was being ruled by the oppressive Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks). At this time, a small band of faithful Jews (known as the Maccabees) defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth and drove these Greek oppressors from the land. The Holy Temple in was recovered and rededicated to the service of God.
When they went to light the Temple’s menorah they found only enough olive oil for one night that was still pure (the olive oil used to burn the lamps had to go through a purification process). But miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.
This is an accurate picture of what the body of Christ has been going through. The enemy has been oppressing God’s temples (sons and daughters). He has stolen what rightfully belong to them and oppressed them in their own land.
But God has been having small remnants of Believer’s go forth in faith (at His direction) to stand in His truth in the
midst of this demonic oppression. They have the spirit of the Maccabees that understand that though they are small in number they have the might of the Lord’s Heavenly Army at their backs. They have gone forth and declared His name and His might before the powers that have sought to oppress God’s people. There are small bands of “Maccabee-type” movements all over the world who have been rising up against this great oppressor to see what belongs to God returned and to lift up His name above every other name.
Meanwhile, the Spirit of the Lord has been preparing and purifying His sons and daughters to be pure oil that will burn bright in days of darkness.
This Hanukkah season is a significant time to see God’s people arise from the grip of their oppressors and reclaim what belongs to the Lord. Once again light will come to these temples and a re-dedication to be temples of the Lord will take place.
Take time this Hanukkah season to rededicate your life (your temple) to the Lord and to ask Him to pour the pure oil that He has prepared into the lamp of your life. He is the Light of the World and you are the lamps that are to carry this great Light.
During this Festival of Lights let us arise and shine for the Light of the World has come to dispel darkness and freedom from oppression!
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