. . . a little background on the ‘why’ of The Dedication . . . Happy Channukah.
2 Maccabees 10:1 Now Maccabeus and his company, the Lord guiding them, recovered the temple and the city:
2 And the altars which the heathen had built in the open street, and also the walls of the sacred enclosures, they pulled down.
3 And having cleansed the temple, they made another altar, and striking stones they took fire out of them, and offered a sacrifice after two years, and set forth incense, and lights, and shewbread.
4 When that was done, they fell prostrate, and besought the Lord that they might come no more into such troubles; but if they sinned any more against him, that he himself would chasten them with mercy, and that they might not be delivered unto the blasphemous and barbarous nations.
5 Now upon the same day that the strangers profaned the temple, on the very same day it was cleansed again, even the five and twentieth day of the same month, which is Chislev.
6 And they kept the eight days with gladness, as in the feast of the tabernacles, remembering that not long afore they had held the feast of the tabernacles, when as they wandered in the mountains and dens like beasts.
7 Therefore they bare branches, and fair boughs, and palms also, and sang psalms unto HIM that had given them good success in cleansing HIS place.
Father, in these days of battle, when it seems at times the enemy is gaining ground, give us the resolve and strength and perseverance we need to stand and fight and cleanse and restore and rededicate these temples to You and Your Word and Your Ways because of the work of Messiah on the cross.
ICor.6: 19….”Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price.j Therefore honor God with your bodies.” Shalom