The Temple menorah was to burn continuously. With God’s provision, it did. When there was only enough oil for one day, it kept burning for eight while the Israelites prepared more.
Yeshua is the Light of the World, and He said that we are, too. When He sent His Holy Spirit to live within Believers, we became temples of God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Yeshua’s light lives in and shines through us to draw others to Him.
On this fourth night of Chanukah, we consider what it means to reflect the Light of the World and thank God for His Spirit and life in us.
Messianic Jewish Chanukah Blessings
Place four candles in the chanukiah tonight, setting them in the holders from right to left. As you light the Servant Candle (Shamash), recite the Chanukah blessings:
Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with Your commandments and has given us Yeshua the Messiah, the light of the world.
Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, who has performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time.
Using the Servant Candle, light the Chanukah candles in the opposite direction from which you placed them in the holders. Light them from left to right. Return the Shamash to its place. Let the candles go out on their own, and they should burn for a least half an hour.
“Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Ruach ha-Kodesh who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19 TLV).
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 TLV).
“So that you might be blameless and innocent, children of God in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation. Among them you shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 14-15).
Light of the World, thank You for loving us and placing Your light within us through Your Holy Spirit. May we shine Your radiance so that all may see and be drawn to You. Help us to reflect Your glory, not anything of our own. Let us not hide Your light under the covering of our talents and abilities. Use us to highlight Yourself, for Your glory and so others may gain eternal life.