Some 120 Christians came to Dun Laoghaire Evangelical Church on Thur 5th Dec. 2013 for a wonderful celebration of the Jewish Feast of Hanukkah. We were privileged to have Ambassador Boaz Modai, Israeli Ambassador to Ireland to address the audience on what Hanukkah meant to him. He then lit the Hanukkah candles. Brendan Creed and Worship band led the worship most beautifully. Rosemary Parle, Newbridge and a leaders with the Lydia Fellowship Ireland spoke of how God was wanting to bring about reconciliation in the Body of Christ and knowing our Jewish roots and embracing believers who are Jews is key. Brian Silvester, Belfast, Director of ICEJ Ireland spoke about what ICEJ are doing to stand with Israel and the Jewish people and they are outworking their mandate to “comfort, comfort my people” Bert Van Embden ICFI and Prayer for Israel spoke of the significance of Hanukkah for Christians and how Yeshua is the light of the world.
Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Greeks of the 2nd century BC.
Hanukkah Is referred to in the New Testament: :”Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade. John 10:22-23 (Complete Jewish Bible). Yeshua (Jesus) is the light of the world and He said to let out light shine. Just as Hannukah commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple so followers of Yeshua are part of His Temple – and this Celebration will be an opportunity for us to rededicate our lives to Him.
The Offering was really blessed and €2005 was collected for the Aliya of Jews from India – the Bnei Menashe. This is being channelled through the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem.