– Hanukkah – Day Six – It Was Winter

“Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.” John 10:22 & 23 NKJV

According to history, the Feast of Dedication, or Hanukkah – is the commemoration of the dedication of the temple by Judas Maccabeus was in December 165 B.C.  (The Message, pg 2113)

It was winterthis verse warms my heart in a personal way. Knowing Jesus, Himself the Light of the World, walked the cold stone pavement of Solomon’s porch in Jerusalem. To think, He left His place of glory to walk the earth as we do. Season after season, warm breezes of summer, cold blowing chilled winds, …it was winter.

Lighting the sixth candle and the number six reflecting man’s work, brings my thoughts to Jesus Himself. God in the flesh Who “dwelt among us…”John 1:14 NKJV  Jesus felt the cold as we do. His body had to work to keep warm.

It was winter … Clothed in my western mind set and everything warm packed from my suitcase, (never thinking the Middle East could get this cold)  I walked the streets of Jerusalem thinking of the One Who “dwelt among us” and continues to work and walk this path with me in Day Six of Hanukkah.


Lighting the candlestick in honor and celebration of Hanukkah through the eyes of a follower of Jesus Christ.


Poem by denisebalog©2019

Photo captured in Jerusalem in the winter January 2018


4 thoughts on “– Hanukkah – Day Six – It Was Winter”

  1. I love this beautiful blog and poem. Can you please sometime tell me your perspective re the salvation of the Nation of Israel in the Divine Plan of God for the whole world. They are not automatically ‘saved’ because they are His chosen People, they must accept Him as Messiah and most importantly like the rest of world, (including all the Arab Nations etc) be saved by the CROSS of Christ and His shed blood. The Cross fulfilled all the ancient sacrifices of lambs for purposes of redemption etc. Do you with your experience of things ‘Jewish’ believe the message of the SAVIOUR of the World is being understood by the majority? I have been with ‘messianic’ Jewish folks who have come to the place of absolute certainty of Salvation only through the Cross. (I love your beautiful poems of journeys etc) but even Asher Intrater) – the Jewish Advisor for Aglow International believes many beautiful Jewish folk still do not accept that Christ was and is MESSIAH and had to die to save them as well. Blessings and love to you.

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    1. Why thank you Faye for your reading and comment. I understand more and more are coming to know Yeshua and call upon Him as Lord. I also believe the Scripture of Isaiah 45:23 “That to Me every knee shall come and every tongue shall take an oath…” And Jesus Himself says in Matthew 23:39, the last verse of the the Chapter, before He begins to answer His disciples their question of what shall be the sign of the end of times. Jesus is two days from the crucifixion, says to the “scribes and Pharisees” “for I say to you, you shall see no more till you say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!” Israel, His people are always His first love and I believe God is long-suffering and patience in wanting all to come to know His Son. I do not profess to know much more than what the Scripture says, but I do believe we are seeing the prophecies spoken in Scripture fulfilled quickly. I never could understand what Jesus meant in Matthew 24:10 when He said in the ending days “many will be offended”. My gosh, that’s a common complaint daily by the world. They’re offended. So do I think a general across the board salvation for anyone people? No, I believe every knee will bow, eyes that we’re blind will see, ears opened and revelation of the Lamb of God will be seen and understood in His people. Yeshua…blessed is He Who comes in the name of the LORD!


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