The events surrounding Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication, are found in the Apocrypha. It is rooted in Jewish history during the time when Alexander the Great wanted to Hellenize the world. At the same time, the Emperor Hadrian changed the name of Judea to the Greek Palestine in order to expedite the destruction of the nation and people of Israel.
Those who say, “God knows our hearts,” should be well aware that He does know our hearts and He knows when our hearts are behaving in ignorance or rebellion. We have no excuse. “God knows our hearts,” should bring ‘fear to our hearts’ because as the prophet Jeremiah says, “The heart is more deceitful than anything else and mortally sick. Who can fathom it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).