Category Archives: Chanukah

Hebrew for Festival of Dedication, relating to the Temple and to Yeshua (Jesus)

It’s all about Yeshua: Multilayered message of God’s Living Temple of hope for humanity

JeffIt used to be common to ask, “What would Jesus do?” Well, why did Yeshua visit God’s House on an extrabiblical Jewish festival — Chanukah — to make one of the most startling statements about God’s love for humanity? Why did the “disciple whom Iesous loved” record it?

Rather than focus on layers upon layers of manmade tradition about a winter celebration of the birth of Yeshua, let’s dig through a number of layered messages that actually are in the Bible about God’s dedicating of a Living Temple — the Messiah — among humanity that could never again by left desolate or destroyed.

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Chanukah: Will this happen again?

Daniel AgeeThe fact that Yeshua celebrated Chanukah is not the focus of today’s talk. What we are going to focus on is Yeshua’s message in the Temple on the Festival of Dedication — Chanukah — and what the scribes and Pharisees asked Yeshua at that time about His being the Messiah. What did He tell them, and why didn’t He directly answer their question? The lessons of Chanukah applied then and to the coming Day of the Lord.

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John 7-10: Yeshua answers on Chanukah the question of His being the Messiah

The only winter celebration mentioned in the Gospels is the festival of Dedication, or Chanukah. Yeshua was the Temple during one celebration and stated boldly, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). This caps a string of clashes between Yeshua and certain religious leaders — recorded in John 7-10 and covering a two-month period from Sukkot, or the festival of Tabernacles, to Chanukah — over whether Yeshua was the Messiah.

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