Before I get started on this blog, let me tell you why I have not written a blog in a couple of months.
In earlier blogs, I had written—if you recall—I was out of the box from October 2014 until January 2015 because of an injury to my leg I received while pursuing my favorite sport, steelhead fishing. So when October came around this year, I committed to making up for last year’s trips. It has been great to get back to the ole fishing holes and now back to writing a blog.
Our Jewish brethren are now in the midst in Hanukkah, better known as the Festival of the Lights. The story of the Festival of the Lights is a great story from the Old Testament. God not only performed miracles in the New Testament, but also in the Old Testament. Let me share this beautiful story with you.
The Syrian King sent his forces into Jerusalem, ravaged the people and turned the Jewish temple into a Syrian gentile place of worship. Eventually, the Jews took back the temple and rededicated it after a spiritual cleansing. Part of this procedure involved the menorah, which held nine candles.
Important: the candles had to burn for eight days. The problem? There was only enough oil to last only one day. With prayerful thought, the Jewish priests decided to proceed with only one day’s supply of oil. Guess what! The Lord kept the candles lit for the full eight days! That is why it is called the Festival of the Lights.
So when you see your Jewish brethren, a Happy Hanukkah is in order. They are the roots of our Christian faith.