After seven full days of the Feast of Dedication, we finally have come to the last day, the eighth great day. The candelabra is full and its beauty shines for all to see. Like the fullness of time being completed by the return of the Messiah for His millennial reign, so the time of the Festival of Lights has been made full by the lighting of this last candle and the love that was shared along the way.
"Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising."--Isaiah 60:1-3a
While day five commemorates the earthly ministry of Yeshua and His powerful and unending grace, it is apropos for day six to represent man, specifically the men who were entrusted with carrying the Light to the world. In Matthew chapter 5 it says in verse 14-16, "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
Every year at this time I begin to share with my audience the beauty in the feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) as me and Cheryl teach our children the power of the light of Scripture for eight days, tracing it through the great men of the Bible and learning many valuable lessons along the way. And every year at this time there are people that strongly oppose the celebrating of this feast, as if it is some sort of pagan ritual. And every year I have to address this. So, I shall do so again and pray that the principles I will be sharing will be of some help to those that might be confused by this issue.
Tonight is the fifth night of the Festival of Lights. And it is appropriate that this night is dedicated to the true Light of the world, Yeshua Himself. In biblical numerology, the number five is the number of grace. Do you know what grace is? What does it mean to be in the "Age of grace?" The answers to those questions truly have life-changing ramifications. So, let's allow the Holy Spirit to shed a little "light" on this subject of grace.