During the week of Hanukkah we light a candle each night, and every one of them represents something.
Every year I pray for the Lord to give me names for each one of those candles. Because through those names God speaks powerful biblical messages into our lives.
The first candle’s name is Light.
The light that we seek to cast out and overcome darkness. Yeshua is our light and the light of the world, and in Him we become a shining light in this dark world.
When we lit the first candle as a family and also with our congregation, we celebrated Light.
The name of the second candle is Life. Eternal Life.
We live in a world where people don’t value life, but God values life above all. He gave us our life, and His precious life is in us.
As believers, we all believe in eternal life. As much as we value and cherish our life here on earth, we also focus on the ultimate goal which is eternal life.
The name of the third candle is oil.
It was important for me to get a menorah that operated on oil, that the light was produced by the oil in it.
The Bible speaks many times about oil, because it is a representation of the Holy Spirit. So as we light the third candle, we pray that God will give us His Spirit.
Hanukkah’s miracle during the times of the Maccabees was related to oil lasting far longer that humanly possible, symbolizing the Spirit of God, and what is impossible for man, is possible for God.
We all need more of God’s oil in our lives to keep our light burning and shining brightly. We need the Holy Spirit in our lives, so every time we turn to Him, there’s oil and anointing enabling us supernaturally to do God’s work.
We believe in His anointing, His oil — the power of the Holy Spirit.
The name of the fourth candle is Fire.
We are called to serve the Lord with a fire in our hearts. The Bible says that God is an all consuming fire. The Holy Spirit ignites our hearts with His holy fire.
We see how the fire of the Holy Spirit came over the first disciples in Jerusalem, they saw actual fire above their heads when that happened.
It’s so important to be full of fire in our lives, to keep burning for God’s Kingdom and His truth, to serve Him with a fire in our hearts. Because it is the same Holy Spirit that sets our hearts on fire for Jesus, and we need to let that fire for the Lord consume us and take over us, until we become walking flames of Jesus in this world.
The name of the fifth candle is Joy.
According to the Bible, the joy of the Lord is our strength. It is not the natural worldly type of joy, but rather a supernatural joy that originated in Heaven.
The Bible even speaks about the anointing of joy — shemen sason in Hebrew.
Joy is given to us as anointing, we don’t need to work it up in us, or make efforts to find reasons to rejoice. We can just receive it as anointing, and be filled with it even in the midst of dark and difficult times.
There’s something special we have received from our God, that is the Joy of the Spirit. It is the kind of joy that isn’t based on circumstances or situations in our lives, but the kind of joy that is poured out from heaven.
…your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.
Yeshua was anointed by God with the oil of joy, and in Him we are filled with His joy and gladness.
With two more candles left to light during the last two days of Hanukkah, we continue to celebrate and honor Hanukkah and its message of rededication and renewal of the Temple.
We draw our inspiration from Jesus and the first apostles who celebrated Hanukkah according to the scripture, and we continue celebrating it thousands of years later, not only here in Israel, but all over the world.
We pray for the same spirit of Joy that Jesus was anointed with, will fill your life. May we always walk in His joy.
How can we walk in joy when there aren’t any reasons to rejoice?
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
The key is to look to Jesus as the source of our joy, not outward circumstances or visible blessings. He was anointed with the Spirit of Joy, which makes it possible for us to be filled with Yeshua’s joy, life and light even in the midst of darkness.
It’s possible to have His fire burn in our hearts, just as it is possible to receive His oil and anointing, and to be His light even in the darkest times.
May God fill your heart with His joy as we celebrate the last days of Hanukkah.