We are literally flying right into Hanukkah. Later today, we will board a plane bound for Tel Aviv. Hanukkah will probably begin as we are standing in line waiting to get through customs. Visions of candles will be swirling through my head. Tea lights are nestled in my luggage, waiting to get lit when we arrive at our first apartment. (Visions of sufganiyot will also be swirling. The Israeli bakeries will be full of them!)
|Sufganiyot, or Israeli Hanukkah donuts. |
Why do they have to make them so tempting??
I've written about Hanukkah before. If you want to read any of its history or its current significance to followers of the Messiah today, you can click here to read any of my previous blogs that speak of Hanukkah. It is a fascinating subject!
Hanukkah means dedication. The only place Hanukkah shows up in scripture is John 10:22, when Yeshua was at the Temple during its observation. It is here that the Judean leaders demanded to know if He was the Messiah. (They didn't really want to know; they only wanted to trap Him.)
He went on to say that His sheep know His voice (hinting to these leaders that they didn't). It was a tense moment. They picked up rocks with which to stone Him, and He slipped away from them unharmed.
Hanukkah is beautiful. The lights remind me of Yeshua, Light in the darkness. I believe this was the time of year that He was conceived. Isaiah 9:2 alludes to the light that Messiah would bear to the world: