Hanukkah Day 5 - The Oil – Jewish people eat foods cooked in oil around this time, like doughnuts and potato latkes. The whole Festival is about remembering the miracle God did in making the oil last 7 days longer than it should have, which allowed them to keep the flames burning in the Temple till new sacred oil could be made.
The New Testament writers make it clear that we are the temple of God, our hearts the place where heaven can meet earth. And the oil represents the Holy Spirit, who Jesus said would come to actually live in those who believed in Him. Jesus even said that the Father would give the Spirit generously to those who ask – as much as we are willing he will fill our lives with his Spirit, who brings love, joy, peace, and so much more. Paul said that we carry this great treasure in earthen vessels (2 Cor 4:7) - our ordinary and imperfect lives.
Hanukkah reminds us that God can do great things in and through us as we allow Him to fill us with His Spirit – even when it starts as a trickle!
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