Being God’s treasured possession brings not only blessing, but persecution. The Jewish people have been persecuted since their time of slavery in Egypt. There will always be anti-semitic people like Haman, Antiochus, the Romans, the Crusaders, Hitler, and Muslims who want the destruction of God’s chosen people. The worst persecutions demand the Jewish people stop being Jewish by disobeying the instructions of Adonai in the Torah. This is not something they would ever do and, in spite of severe consequences, they have faithfully guarded the Word of God throughout the millennia with their lives. It is because of their steadfastness to the Torah and the Prophets that we have the Bible today. It is because of the courageous actions of the Maccabees protecting the lineage of Judah that Yeshua, our salvation, could be born. For a hard copy of this article and study questions for each night of Hanukkah, please purchase the complete study guide Yeshua in His Father’s Feasts.