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The Servant Lamp


On the Hanukkah Menorah, there is a ninth candle holder called the shamash, meaning “helper” or “servant”. This is for the candle that is used to light all the other candles. The only time Hanukkah is mentioned in God’s Word is in the B’rit Hadashah (New Covenant):

At that time the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) took place at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Yeshua was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon. The people then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense?” John 10:22-24

Hanukkah tradition speaks of the Jews going to light the Menorah in the Temple, and there was only enough oil to burn for one day. The “Miracle of the Oil” occurred at this time when the oil continued to burn for eight (8) days. Yeshua (Jesus) lights us up through His Holy Spirit (Ruach Ha Kodesh):

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14

I Am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12

As many as received Him, to them He gave the power to become the sons of God; even to them that believe in His name. John 1:12

photo credit: Creative Commons (Marcel Masferrer Pascual)

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