FEAST OF DEDICATION
December 2, 2017 sundown through December 10, 2017 sundown
Purpose of the Feast of Dedication:
The Feast of Dedication (also known as the Festival of Lights) is an Israelite eight-day winter festival. It commemorates the cleasnig of the Altar, and the restoration of Hebrew worship at the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE, after Judah Maccabee removed the Hellenistic statuary. (Wikipedia) Judah used obedience to all of God’s Laws and Spiritual warfare to defeat many heathen armies that were larger and had more earthly weapons.
This Feast was not commanded in Leviticus 23 with the Seven Feasts and Festivals but was observed by Christ as recorded in John 10:22-23.
This winter Feast was instituted during the period between the Old Testament and New Testament of the Holy Bible based on a successful revolt started by the father, Mattathias the Hasmonean, but later led by Judas Maccabeus, and his brothers. The Second Temple in Jerusalem, especially of The Altar of Burnt Offerings, was cleansed of idolatry and re-dedicated after it had been desecrated by a foreign conqueror. (Wikipedia)
Judah was the third son of Mattathias the Hasmonean, a Hebrew priest from the village of Modiin. In 167 BCE Mattathias, together with his sons Judah, Eleazar, Simon, John, and Jonathan, started a revolt against the Seleucid ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who since 175 BCE had issued decrees that forbade Hebrew religious practices. After Mattathias’s death in 166 BCE, Judah assumed leadership of the revolt in accordance with the deathbed disposition of his father. The First Book of Maccabees praises Judah’s valor and military talent, suggesting that those qualities made Judah a natural choice for the new commander. (Wikipedia)
The Feast of Dedication reminds us that The God of Israel protects those who are faithful to Him and His Word although they are being persecuted.
You could celebrate the Feast of Dedication by increasing your faith, and also by improving your walk by ridding your home, body, and mind of things that are not pleasing to The God of Israel.
John 10:22-23 (KJV)
22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.
THE SEVEN FEASTS OF THE LORD
- Feast of Unleavened Bread
- First Fruits
- Pentecost (Feast of Weeks)
- Day of Blowing Trumpets
- Day of Atonement
- Feast of Tabernacles / The Eighth Day
John 3:16 (KJV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 10:9 (KJV)
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Ask For Salvation Now.
Believe in Christ now before it is too late!
Isaiah 55:1-9 (KJV)
1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.