How in the world do Christmas and Chanukah have anything in common, since they come from 2 different religions: Judiasm and Christianity? If you ask anyone on the street, they will probably tell you they have nothing in common and are two completely separate holidays, but I ask you to open your minds and journey back with me in time a bit….
Biblical references to/about Chanukah: References for Chanukah are found in the Bible, first prophetically in Daniel 8:8-14. In the Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible) in the book of Exodus you can find the passages that talk about the construction of the ‘Lampstand’ and the oil used in burning:
- Exodus 25:1-7; 31-40
- Exodus 27:20
- Exodus 35:10-15; 27-28
- Exodus 39:32-38; 42-43
Biblical references to/about Christmas: Luke 2 recounts the birth of Jesus, of which Christmas is based upon.
Ok, so how do they mesh together? Well, whether you believe that Jesus is the Messiah of the world or not, the undeniable truth is that he was born Jewish. He grew up Jewish, also observing all the Jewish holidays….aka, Chanukah. (John 10:22 if you’re at all skeptical) Those who celebrate Christmas, commemorate the birth of Jesus, who is even acknowledged by prominent Jewish leaders today as having been a perfect Jew; therefore abiding by and celebrating Chanukah while He was living. And if you want to go a little bit deeper, Romans 11 talks about Gentiles being grafted into the Jewish faith. If you are not Jewish, it doesn’t mean you have to run out and buy a Chanukiah asap, but its just a glimpse into how the two are Biblically related.
Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!
Tomorrow: The Dreidle