As we continue in the celebration of light, we can not underestimate the silence and the darkness engulfing Israel in the time between Malachi and the gospel of Matthew, some 400 years. The miracle of the one-day supply of anointing oil and the faith of the Maccabees in lighting the candlestick in the inner court resulted in the intervention of the supernatural power of heaven, which continued burning brightly for 8 days. We see that the zeal for the House of the Lord moved Heaven to come down to earth and intervene on behalf of Israel. Light returned and would begin ushering in the Light of the world prophesied by the prophets.
When Jesus came to earth, the world was trapped in spiritual darkness. His people’s hopes lay shattered in the darkness of their own failure and inability to throw off the yoke of hundreds of years of dominating nations.
How important is light to we as believers. To walk in the light, to continue let our light shine. This remembrance of the miracle and celebration of light coming back into Israel cannot be minimized by the Church. We as Gentiles were darkened in our understanding and far from the promises of God and without hope.
But now—but God has sent His light
The call still goes out to the House: