One of the main features of the Festival of Hanukkah is the lighting of the Hanukiah, the nine-branched candelabra. As we light an additional candle for each of the eight days of the festival, we may recall some of the biblical references to light. I have chosen eight references out of very many. I think if we think about them we will enter into more of God's light. In all these passages there is a reference to the word "light" or a derivative.

  1. Genesis 1:3 Creation: Light was the first thing God created. All growing things depend on light for life. God is the source of all life.
  2. Exodus 27:20 Spiritual Truth: The Menorah (candlestick) in the temple was the only source of light. God is the only source of spiritual light.
  3. Psalm 78:14 God's Presence: The light of the pillar of fire, representing God's Presence with his people.
  4. Psalm 89:15 God's Blessing:The light of God's countenance is an expression of His blessing (see Numbers 6:22-27)
  5. Psalm 119:105 God's Word: God's Word provides us with direction in life.
  6. Isaiah 49:6 The Promised Messiah: The Messiah was to be a light to the nations, bringing salvation to them (see also Luke 2:32).
  7. Matthew 5:14 Yeshua's Disciples: Yeshua called his followers the light of the world.
  8. John 8:12 Yeshua Himself: Yeshua said, "I am the Light of the World."

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