The Feast of Dedication dates back to the time of Moses when he dedicated the altar in the tabernacle in the wilderness. Since that time there were many "rededication" celebrations of which is the most famous one during the time of the Maccabees. Antiochus Epiphanes entered the temple and took away the Altar (worship), the Candlestick (Word), the table (prophetic), the altar calls (healing and deliverance), and the riches (prosperity).
The small group of Maccabees fought to remove the profane, cleanse the altar, and put back the holy things so once again they could experience the presence of the Lord.
Fast forward to the Gospel of John where we see Jesus attending the Feast of Dedication, healing a blind man from birth, and demonstrating the restoration of the light, anointing, and presence of God in the temple.
This brings us to today! The church today is in need of cleansing and restoration once again.
Questions for Discussion:
What profane things do you see that have entered into our churches today?
What are some of the holy things that are lacking in our churches today?
What does The Feast of Dedication mean to you this year?
How did the parable of Lighting the Menorah help you to see the progression of Letting the Word Become Life in Your Life?
I would love to hear your "Aha moment" in the message!
Looking forward to our discussion!
In His Service,