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FRESH INSIGHT ON THE FEASTS

September 29, 2015

Tuesday

 

The Feast of Dedication/Festival of Lights

 

John 10:22

 

And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

 

 

LESSON

 

The eight-day Feast of Dedication, now called “Chanukah” (or Hanukkah), the Feast of Lights, was not one of the feasts prescribed in the Mosaic Law. The Jews instituted it during the inter-testamental period. Besides the Mosaic feasts, the Jews of Jesus’ day also celebrated the Feast of Esther, or Purim. “Christ’s testimony at Hanukkah, and its place in the Gospel of John, which stresses the theme of light, is a testimony to Christians that Hanukkah emphasizes His great work of providing salvation to a spiritually blind world.

This feast commemorated the purification and rededication of the temple by Judas Maccabeus (“Judas the Hammer”) on the twenty-fifth of Chislev, 164 B.C.

 

Memory Verse: Exodus 5:1

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