What does Chanukah (Festival of Dedication) have to do with believers in Yeshua (Jesus)? It’s in the Bible, and Yeshua celebrated it. In doing so, He gave one of the most startling teachings about Himself (John 10:22-38). As well as a remembrance of the perils of giving up God’s words to fit in or save one’s neck, Chanukah is a memorial of the great miracle of the conception of the Messiah — Immanuel (God With Us) — through Miriam (Mary) (Luke 1; 1Chronicles 24; Haggai 2).
This passage has three seemingly distinct teachings — parable of the shrewd manager, whether the Law and Prophets stopped with Yokhanan the Baptizer and a “one-liner” on divorce – but all of them as well as the parable that follows of the rich man and Lazar deal with one topic: God as Master or wealth as Master.
Deep trust in the God of Israel by those new to that trust and separated from God by their former lives is the thread weaved through the accounts of the healing of the Capernaum centurion’s servant (Luke 7:1-10), the raising of the Nain widow’s only son (Luke 7:11–17), Yokhanan’s message of repentance (Luke 7:18–27) and the woman who anointed Yeshua with her tears and expensive ointment (Luke 7:28–35).