Miriam’s Hanukkah Miracle

Did you know from studying the Scriptures, we can figure out that Yeshua/Jesus was born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles in the fall?    This means that he would have been conceived 40 weeks earlier which just ‘happens’ to be the days of Hanukkah or the Feast of Dedication.  I am always reminded at this time of year how Miriam (Mary) experienced the Miracle of all Miracles.   Through the Spirit of God, she conceived a child, the promised Seed of the woman, the Light of the World, the One who would begin to restore all things.  Such a miraculous conception was the desire of every woman from the beginning of time and the promise to Eve, but Miriam was the one chosen to give birth to the Messiah!

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It was during the days of Hanukkah that the miracle of God becoming flesh began.  It was during the days of Hanukkah that Miriam dedicated herself, her body, her life to becoming the mother of the Savior of the world.  It was during the days of Hanukkah that she left home and visited her cousin causing Elizabeth’s baby to leap in her womb.  And, it was while all these things were happening in a small village called Nazareth that many people of  Israel were in Jerusalem remembering the rededication of the Altar of Sacrifice in the Temple, the miracle of the oil in the Menorah, and hoped for the One who would be the Light of the World and become their substitutionary sacrifice that would bring them complete and final redemption.

“How blessed are you among women! And how blessed is the child in your womb!” (Luke 1:45).

Apart from the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem from its defilement by the Greeks,  apart from the end times prophecy in Daniel about the coming ‘anointed One’ to rededicate a restored Temple in Jerusalem, a sometimes overlooked ‘reason for the season’ is found in Miriam’s response to Elizabeth’s words: 

“My soul magnifies Yahweh; and my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior, who has taken notice of his servant-girl  in her humble position.  For — imagine it! — from now on, all generations will call me blessed!  The Mighty One has done great things for me! Indeed, his name is holy;  and in every generation he has mercy on those who fear him.   He has performed mighty deeds with his arm, routed the secretly proud, brought down rulers from their thrones, raised up the humble, filled the hungry with good things, but sent the rich away empty.  He has taken the part of his servant Israel, mindful of the mercy which he promised to our fathers, to Avraham and his seed forever” (Luke 1:46-55). 

Many years after Miriam conceived a child by the Spirit, during the days of Hanukkah, Yeshua went to the Temple in Jerusalem where everyone was remembering God’s miracles.  Strange as it may seem, he was also marking the time of his miraculous conception in his mother’s womb, the moment when he humbled himself, gave up his glory, and began life a human being – a human being who would be born to into a Jewish lineage from Judah through King David.

“Though he [Yeshua] was in the form of God, he did not regard equality with God something to be possessed by force. On the contrary, he emptied himself, in that he took the form of a slave by becoming like human beings are. And when he appeared as a human being, he humbled himself still more by becoming obedient even to death — death on a cross as a criminal!  Therefore God raised him to the highest place and gave him the name above every name; that in honor of the name given Yeshua, every knee will bow — in heaven, on earth and under the earth —  and every tongue will acknowledge  that Yeshua the Messiah is LORD — to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:5-11).

He would grow up as a Jewish child,  live in Israel as a Jewish man, die on Passover as a Jewish man, resurrect on Firstfruits as a Jewish man and will return with the blowing of shofars as the promised Jewish heir of his Father’s eternal Kingdom.  In the midst of this memorial celebration to the rededication to the Altar, Yeshua proclaimed himself as the Messiah.  The Miracle of Miracles, the Light of the World, the Menorah in the flesh stood among his own brothers and sisters and announced, “I and the Father are One” (John 10:30). 

When celebrating the days of Dedication, look beyond the miraculous account of the Maccabees victory, the miracle of oil in the Menorah, and the rededication of the Altar.   Meditate on Miriam’s personal Hanukkah miracle.  The re-dedication of her temple that would birth the Savior of the world.  Without her humility and willingness to treasure everything in her heart, there would be no substitutionary sacrifice for our sin, no forgiveness of our sin, no redemption for the nation of  Israel, and no hope of a Kingdom where Israel’s Messiah, King Yeshua will reign on its throne forever. 

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