Here is a Bible study I found about Hanukkah on the Internet.
HANUKKAH: LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE
By Eddie Chumney
Hanukkah is the story of the struggle of the Jewish people to resist the pressure to assimilate and conform to the world’s ways and the world’s system and choose instead to remain loyal to the ways of the God of Israel. Today, there are many lessons to be learned from this struggle for believers in Yeshua/Jesus as Messiah. We also struggle with resisting the desires of our flesh and conforming to the world’s ways and the world’s system. The ruler of the world’s system is HaSatan [the Accuser]. When we walk in the world’s ways, we walk in darkness. When we remain loyal to the ways of the God of Israel, we walk in light. Hanukkah is called the Festival of lights. Our light is Messiah. When we choose to follow Messiah and walk in the ways of the Kingdom of God, we are able to resist conforming to the ways of the world. Just as the Maccabees’ were able to overcome the forces to conform to the Greco world with the supernatural help of God, when we resist to conform to the ways of the world God will also give us the power to overcome so that our lights will shine for Messiah!
YESHUA IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
In John 8:12, it is written: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.”
BELIEVERS ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
In Matthew 5:14-16, Yeshua said these words: “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candlestick and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before me that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WALK IN DARKNESS?
Walking in darkness means that you are living a carnal Christian life. Walking in darkness means that while you may be saved by accepting Jesus into your heart and life, you are still influenced by the ways of the world and are dominated by the desires of your flesh. Walking in darkness will result in walking in spiritual ignorance to the ways of God and blind your understanding to the deeper spiritual truths in God’s Word. Below is a list of scriptures which explains these things.
Walking in darkness will keep us from comprehending God (John 1:5)
Walking in darkness will blind our spiritual eyes (I John 2:11)
a) God is light and in Him is no darkness (I John 1:5)
b) Followers of God will not walk in darkness (I John 1:6)
c) Walking in the truth of God’s Word will keep us from walking in darkness (Psalm 119:105, John 3:21, John 17:17, I John 1:6)
Walking in darkness will produce the WORKS OF DARKNESS which is the manifestation of the desires of the flesh. The works of the flesh = Unfruitful Works of darkness (John 3:20, Ephesians 5:11)
a) The believers are to cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light (Romans 13:12)
WHAT ARE THE UNFRUITFUL WORKS OF DARKNESS?
1. ROMANS 13:13
The unfruitful works of righteousness = Works of the flesh (Romans 13:14)
2. GALATIONS 5:19-21
3. 1 CORINTHIANS 5:9-11
4. 2 CORINTHIANS 12:20-21
5. EPHESIANS 4:17-18
Walking in Darkness and producing the unfruitful works of darkness by living according to the desires of the flesh is walking in the vanity of your mind (Ephesians 4:17)
Walking in Darkness: (Ephesians 4:18)
- Darkens our understanding of God
- Blinds our hearts
- Alienates us from the life of God
6. COLOSSIANS 3:5-9
- Inordinate affections
- Evil Concupiscence
- Filthy Communication
BELIEVERS WHO WALK IN THE LIGHT OF MESSIAH WILL DO GOOD WORKS
Believers who walk in light do good works unto God. Doing good works does not save you. We are saved by the grace of God through faith and not by our good works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Yet, after we are saved, God requires us to walk in light and perform good works which is our reasonable service unto Him. After explaining in Ephesians 2:8-9 that we are not saved by good works, it explains in Ephesians 2:10 that after we are saved, we are required by God to do good works of service for the Kingdom of God as it is written: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
These truths can be see in the following scriptures:
1. Yeshua did the GOOD WORKS of God (John 10:32, Acts 10:38)
2. The believers were created before the foundation of the world to do good works (Ephesians 2:10)
3. By walking in the LIGHT of the life, the world will be able to see our GOOD WORKS and give glory to God (Matthew 5:16)
4. The believers are commanded by God to do the good works of Messiah (John 14:12, 1 Timothy 6:17-18, 2 Timothy 3:17, Titus 1:16, 2:14, 1 Peter 2:12)
BELIEVERS IN MESSIAH WILL WALK IN LIGHT AND NOT IN DARKNESS
Believers in Messiah are instructed to: (Romans 13:12)
1.Cast off the works of darkness
2.Put on the armor of light
- We are to turn from darkness to light (Acts 26:18)
- We have been delivered from darkness into the kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13)
3. We are the children of light and not of darkness (I Thessalonians 5:5)
4. We were in darkness but now are children of light (John 12:36, Ephesians 5:8)
5. God has commanded the light to shine out of the darkness (II Corinthians 4:6).
We have this treasure in earthen vessels (II Corinthians 4:7)
When the Maccabees’ resisted conforming to darkness and the ways of the world but chose to remain loyal to the ways of the God of Israel, God allowed their light to shine before men and their story remains with us to this day. Our light is Messiah (John 8:12). Therefore, let your faith and love for Messiah shine before men so that they may see your good works and give glory to God (Matthew 5:14-16). This is the spiritual message of Hanukkah. So, let your light shine!!!!!