Happy Hanukkah!

hanukkahJews everywhere started celebrating Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, on last Tuesday night. In Israel, the country is filled with Hanukkiot (Hanukkah 9-candle menoras), lights, sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and four-sided spinning tops, called dreidels.

Hanukkah is a festival recalling and celebrating God’s miracle of supernatural provision of oil for the re-dedication of the Jewish Holy Temple in Jerusalem by Judas Maccabaeus, in 164 BC. Though there was only enough of the priestly-sanctified oil for just one day, it miraculously lasted for eight full days. It is referred to as the Feast of Dedication in John 10:22-23, where Jesus asserted His Deity, while celebrating as a Jew, in Jerusalem at the Temple.

This year’s celebration is tempered by President Obama’s official Hanukkah statement carefully failing to reference the Jewish Temple, which is central to the Hanukkah story. Also of great concern is the growing anti-Semitism in the world and news that the European Union’s second-highest court has acted to remove Hamas from a list of terrorist organizations. Meanwhile, reports are coming in that humanitarian aid money now flooding Gaza is rearming Hamas, instead of rebuilding homes for their own people. It is hard to understand how any informed person could say with a straight face that Hamas is NOT a terrorist organization.

Please PRAY for the Lord to protect Israel from all her enemies and for the true face of Hamas and Islam to be revealed.

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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