The Temple of God was then dedicated with great joy by the people of Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the people who had returned from exile.

(Ezra 6:16 NLT)

When the Jerusalem Temple was rebuilt, the Israelites celebrated its dedication with joy. The word “dedication” in today’s passage translates the Aramaic word hanukkah. Therefore, when the temple was later recaptured from the Seleucids and rededicated, the celebration became known as Hanukkah. But just as the physical temple of God was often rededicated in the Scriptures, Christians, who make up the spiritual temple of God today (1 Corinthians 3:16), are also called to rededicate themselves to Him. If you have allowed negative influences or attitudes to infiltrate your life, dedicate yourself to God again and rejoice.

Oftentimes, we all need to rededicate ourselves to God. 

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Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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