Hanukkah: Going against the Flow

by Rev Sean Finnegan on December 9, 2012
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Notes:



Sometimes when Christians just go with the flow, horrible things happen (crusades, inquisition, Rwanda, American slavery).

Scripture teaches us to resist taking the shape of the age in which we live and to recognize a separation between the church and the world (Romans 12:2; 1 John 2:15-17; James 4:4).

Hanukkah is the story of courageous resistance to an empire that tried forcibly to convert everyone to polytheism. Against impossible odds, a rag-tag group of revolutionaries with zeal for God’s Scripture in their hearts took on the Seleucid Empire and won their independence.

“Even if every nation living in the king’s dominions obeys him, each forsaking its ancestral religion to conform to his decrees, I, my sons, and my brothers will still follow the covenant of our ancestors.” –Mattathias

Jesus went to Jerusalem during Hanukkah (John 10:22-25).



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