Zion's Glory Update
December 18 2015
The following is a Zion's Glory prayer update from Eddie and Jackie Santoro in Israel. We encourage you to forward it to whomever you think might be interested in the following information. It is sent out in conjunction with a monthly newsletter. If you are currently not receiving this information and would like to become a regular subscriber, please forward your name, email and address to us at email@example.com
Dear Faithful Friend,
The festive Chanukah holiday has just ended for Jews throughout the world. In Israel it is an eight day long holiday in which the schools are closed and the children enjoy a week long vacation.
Each evening, candles are lit in homes and giant Chanukah menorahs are on display throughout the country. Families have Chanukah parties, oily food is served to celebrate the tradition of the eight day miracle of the oil and of course all the Messianic Congregations have special, joyous gatherings.
Chanukah in Israel
The Feast of Chanukah highlights the thought of "dedication" which is the meaning of the Hebrew word Chanukah. In the history of the Feast, Judas Maccabee and his brothers led a revolt against the Greeks who were occupying the nation of Israel. During this occupation, they had transformed the Temple of God in Jerusalem into a house of heathen worship. The small band of Jewish warriors went to battle with the mighty Greek empire and achieved what in the natural seemed to be the impossible. They drove out the Greeks, cleansed the temple and rededicated it to the one true God, the God of Israel and for the next 100 years, Israel existed as an independent Jewish State.
Popular legend says that when the time came to light the eternal flame above the altar, they only had oil enough for one night. In faith they lit it and the one day's supply of oil burnt for eight days until they were able to produce more holy oil. Thus comes the eight day length of the holiday and the nine candle Chanukah Menorah.
Over the past months, the health battle that I have been walking through has stirred this reality of dedication to God afresh in my life. This year especially, Chanukah has reminded me that first and foremost we are called to dedicate ourselves to God. All that we have, our time, our energy, our thoughts and purposes must be dedicated to Him who gave his life for each one of us.
This dedication to God through Yeshua is the foundation of all that must follow. Yeshua opened the way for us to have intimate relationship with God. He took our sins upon Himself through the cross and "seated us in heavenly places". The miracle of sitting with Him and knowing His presence is an unending source of joy, hope, pleasure and power.
The victory which resulted in the Maccabee's liberating God's holy temple from the oppression of the pagan Greeks required a dedication to God. These men were willing to lay down their lives so that the purposes of God would be manifest in their day.
Today as in the ancient time of the Maccabees, our world is oppressed by the enemies of God. May each of us move in the needed faith and dedication so that we too will rise up and overthrow these powers of darkness. In the former days, their victory allowed the Jewish state to exist for 100 years before it fell to the pagan Roman empire. May our love and dedication to the Lord in this day hasten the return of the Lord and the establishment of His Kingdom that will never end.
We send you our love from Zion,
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