Anyone who knows anything about Hanukkah, knows that it is eight days long. The Hanukkah story goes that there was only oil enough for lighting only one candle to last only one night. But a miracle happened and the oil continued to burn for eight days which is the amount of time needed to create a new batch of holy oil.
But when we see a Hanukkiah, otherwise known as the Hanukkah Menorah, why do we count nine candle holders? And why is that ninth holder elevated above the others? The ninth candle is called in Hebrew, “the Shamash.” It is the “servant candle” which is used to light all the other eight candles. Interesting that the servant candle would be elevated instead of demoted.
As believers, we see the significance in using the Shamash to light all the others. Yeshua, our Messiah, said, “The greatest among you shall be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” – Matthew 23:11. We read how Yeshua served His disciples, His followers and even His enemies though He Himself was and truly is the greatest in God’s Kingdom.
Yeshua is also the Light of the world. In Him is light and there is no darkness at all. He is our light and our salvation and in His light, we see light. He calls us to be lights in this world, but like the moon, we have no light in ourselves. We can only shine when we reflect His light.
Today, let the light of God shine so brightly in you, that others will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. The more you gaze at the beauty of His nature, the more you will reflect His glory in this dark and dying world.
God bless you!