Should Christians Celebrate Hanukkah?

Should Christians Celebrate Hanukkah?

Oh Hanukkah! Oh Hanukkah! The magical time
of the year we all come together around the menorah, eat chocolate coins and get presents for eight days because it’s basically Jewish Christmas right? Uh Nah. Hanukkah is an eight day winter time celebration also known as the “Festival of Lights” that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem in the second century B.C. The Hebrew word Hanukkah actually means
dedication. C-H-A…C-H-A mm mm… Cha-no…no…Han-nuh-chan H-A-N-N…H-A-N… well there are a few different ways to
spell Hanukkah but only one way to say it and it’s not “tcha-nuh-kuh.” So what does
Hanukkah commemorate? Well that’s an epic story of battle and victory and good
overcoming evil but this is a short video so we’ll give you the skinny. So in
the second century BC the Syrian Greeks (the bad guys) ruled the Holy Land under
king Antiochus (the bad guys) leader who outlawed Biblical Commandments, tried to enforce Greek pagan culture, and was and was even sacrificing pigs on the altar! He would torture and kill anyone who did not do what he said. Enter the Maccabees! A Jewish priest named Mattityahu and his five sons (the good guys) led a revolt
against the evil king. Judah (one of the five sons) led the Maccabeean rebellion
to victory over the bad guys and became known as “Judah the hammer.”
What an awesome nickname! In fact, the Hebrew word Maccabee means hammer. This guy, he must have been pretty cool. Judah had the temple cleansed and rededicated with
a new altar and new temple vessels. This is an eight-day process. You’ve probably been told that the reason that Hanukkah is eight days is
because of a legend that says there was only enough sacred oil to burn for one
day, but it burned for all eight days. This is just a legend.
The real reason it is celebrated for eight days is because of the biblical
mandate for cleansing the temple. The observance of Hanukkah begins in the Hebrew month Kislev on the twenty-fifth day. This is a little
different from our Gregorian calendar. the Hebrew calendar is based on the
siting of the new moon so the dates vary but it typically falls in the month of
December so it’s easy to see why Christmas sometimes gets thrown in the
mix so when does Hanukkah begin? Hanukkah will begin this year at sundown on December 14 until Sunday December 22nd. while other ministries all mention
dreidels and 9 branch menorahs we do not we simply spend time with family and
read the book of the Maccabees as remembrance of the eight-day miracle a
few brave men risked their lives for to protect the temple of Yehovah are we as
believers commanded to celebrate Hanukkah no do we have to celebrate
Hanukkah no should we celebrate Hanukkah short answer yes it’s true that Hanukkah
is considered a minor holiday in Israel there is nothing in scripture that says
we have to observe it however there is also nothing in scripture that says we
can’t or shouldn’t scripture does make mention of the feast of dedication in
the Gospel of John and we know Yeshua went to Jerusalem to observe it think of
it like one of our holidays here in America Thanksgiving
there’s no scriptural reason to celebrate Thanksgiving but we do it in
remembrance of a historical day here in America we give thanks to the creator
for his many blessings on our lives likewise we should observe Chanukah to
cleanse and rededicate ourselves wholly to him it is a time of dedication and
celebration and we thank the father for victory over the evils of this world and
the opportunity and responsibility he gives us to shine a light to those in
the darkness for a more in-depth look at the story of
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16 Replies to “Should Christians Celebrate Hanukkah?”

  1. Is this a new type of video? If so, keep them coming. Short and accessible for sharing with family. Thanks for all you do!

  2. We used to celebrate Hanukkah but after looking into the events of the Maccabean revolt, I do not think Yeshua would have celebrated it. The Maccabees replaced the priestly line Yehovah put in place with their own priestly line. Why would Yeshua celebrate something that usurped what His Father put in place!? Just because scripture says He was on Solomon's porch during the feast of dedication, doesn't mean He was celebrating it. He would've been talking about the Melchizedek priesthood, not the Levitical one.

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