Fifth Night of Hanukkah

From the study guide, “Yeshua in His Father’s Feasts.”

Fifth Night of Hanukkah – Oil

“So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6).

Family Study:

On the fifth night of Hanukkah, light the most separate candle on the Hanukkiah.  From the shamash, light the fifth night’s candle.  After you light your Hanukkiah, place it in a window to show that only through the Spirit of God does Israel have victory over her enemies.

In Scripture oil is symbolic of the Ruach HaKodesh or the Spirit of God and was used to anoint priests, kings and articles for the Tabernacle.  The main ingredient of the consecrated anointing oil was pure olive oil from the first pressing. Numerous spices were added to it to make it holy and fragrant for Temple purposes.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is, 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant cane, 500 shekels of cassia—all according to the sanctuary shekel—and a hin of olive oil. Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil” (Exodus 30:22-25).

Once the Temple was cleansed and restored, a story in the Talmud says there was only enough oil to burn in the Menorah for one day.  While it took eight days to consecrate more holy oil, the one day’s portion lasted the eight full days allowing the Temple and its articles to be sanctified and re-dedicated to the God of Israel.

“Take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and everything in it; consecrate it and all its furnishing and it will be holy” (Exodus 40:9).

1.  Research the different spices used in making the anointing oil. What do think were the reasons these spices were chosen by God?

a. myrrh

b. fragrant cinnamon

c. fragrant cane

d.  cassia

Dig Deeper:

God instructed the holy oil was not to be created and used for common purpose, however, it is possible to buy myrrh and frankincense candles or incense.  Purchase some and enjoy the aroma.

2.   What is the difference between ‘virgin’ olive oil and other olive oils?  Read Jeremiah 31:4, 21.  What is symbolic of  ‘virgin’ olive oil?

3.  Why did the Tabernacle/Temple articles need to be anointed with oil?  What did it signify?

4.  Some people doubt the miracle of the oil.  Read 2 Kings 4 and explain why the miracle of the oil at Hanukkah was possible.

5.  Read Matthew 25:1-13. In this parable there are lamps and oil.  Psalm 119:105 says the Word of God is the lamp.  What is the oil?  Why is it important to have oil in a lamp?

6.  What happened to the virgins with oil in their lamps?  What happened to those without? 

7.  Who do you believe the virgins represent? Why do you believe only half were prepared to meet their Bridegroom?

8.   Read John 4:24.  How does this verse apply to what happened to the virgins? Which ones were true worshippers of God?

Family Activity:

1. Eating foods made with oil are traditional for Hanukkah. Latkes or potato pancakes are fried in oil and eaten with applesauce. Sufganiot or jelly-filled donuts are also eaten at Hanukkah.  A recipe for latkes may be found in the Study Helps at the end of the study guide.

2. Research how olive oil is made and the different pressings.  Buy different grades of olive oil and taste them.  

3. Research to find the lifespan of an Olive Tree.  Why do you think Yahweh compares Israel to an Olive Tree?  (Jeremiah 31:34-36)

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