Monday, December 26, 2005

Happy Hanukkah!

Do not turn to idols or make gods of cast metal for yourselves. I am the LORD your God. (Lev 19:4)

"I want to celebrate Hanukkah this year." Such a simple request from my oldest son Joshua, yet so complicated for us as adults isn't it? Is it Biblical? Is it ok for a Christian to celebrate? Especially a gentile?

After some consideration it boils down to what's good for God's chosen race is good for us that have been grafted in. So I went on a journey to buy all the stuff concerning celebrating the holiday this week. We got this Menorah from Pottery Barn of all places and it's perfect because it's iron made to look like branches...get it grafted in, branches, way cool. I bought a couple of childrens books from Barnes and Noble and candles from Vons and we are good to go.

What's even cooler is that Linda found this website with some great insights into the reason for this holiday. It spoke to me (MovedMe) because it says that Hanukkah is the Feast of Dedications...which is something I need way more of. Rededicating my life to God and reminding myself not to be dedicated to idols or my sins...just as the Maccabees were dedicated to God in not bowing to King Antiochus and later were able to rededicate the temple (which is now us...we are the temple of God.)

There is so much more there on the site...I believe God wants to speak to me and MoveMe to worship Him. I'm gonna go read the rest of it. In the mean time let's dedicate 2006 to God, get rid of our idols, and repent of our sins! Amen?