On Chanukah, the main mitzvah, or commandment is to light the Hanukkah menorah at sundown. This is to remember the miracle that the oil that was lit on the menorah was only enough to last a single day but ended up lasting for eight complete days.
One of the traditions regarding lighting candles is to light oil like what was done in the Temple. However, we are not allowed to use a menorah that has seven branches like the one in the Temple –— which the Maccabees lit after expelling the Greeks from Israel.
“If you could name the ‘Top Ten’ things in the Bible for which we should give thanks, what would they be?” — Miriam
My list will likely be different from that of someone else asked the same question, but I am thankful for the following “Top Ten” Bible truths:
God exists. He is infinite yet personal, holy yet close, just yet gracious. (Gen. 1; Ps. 66; 100; Isa. 6:1-8; Rom. 9:14-16; I Cor. 2).
“Can you explain what James is talking about when he says the ‘one who is rich should take pride in his low position? ’ ”— Roy
James is the “wisdom literature” of the New Testament, a collection of axioms, encouragement, instruction and warnings. Often the language is euphemistic: pithy and succinct, designed for maximum punch with minimal words. The passage to which you refer takes this form, using unexpected irony to make the point.
“Abraham is described as a man who ‘did not waver in unbelief.’ But didn’t he waver a little when he had a son by Hagar instead of Sarah?”— Shannon
The story of Abraham to which you refer is found in Gen. 15-18, 21-22. God promised to bless Abraham with a son in spite of the fact that both he and his wife, Sarai, were quite advanced in age. Abraham believed God, but it took him awhile to grasp fully just how God would fulfill the promise.