Tuesday, December 16, 2008


 Most dictionaries define the word as meaning 'dedication', and this is very accurate. The Brit Chadashah (new testament) has Messiah going to this festival in John 10:22. The fact that we are commanded to follow the Messiah ought to be enough reason to observe it. The word comes from the Hebrew word chanuk. It is and was a common household word in a Hebrew home. It is the word a parent uses to describe the 'training' of a child, and is used in Proverbs 22:6:
"Train (chanuk) up a child in the way he should go and, when he is old, he will not depart from it."
The word literally means to 'make a habit'. To dedicate something scripturally is to place a consistent focus on something that stirs a never ending memory. When one discovers the actual events that resulted in the observance of Chanukah, it is easy to see why Yeshua always observed it.

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