Sukkot (pronounced, sue-coat) seems to be in complete contrast to the last posting on Yom Kippur (pronounced, yom keepoor), the Day of Atonement. The Feast of Tabernacles is just that, a feast, a celebration! To Israel it is a two-fold celebration: 1. A celebration of the fall harvest God has blessed us with, and 2. A remembrance of our ancestors who dwelt 40 years in the wilderness.
I won’t get into the Sukkah or the Lulav, as you can go to sites like Judaism 101 and find out all about them.
Deuteronomy 16:13-15, Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine: And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates. Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.
For believers today it is a prophetic celebration. We observe the time we have spent as temporary dwellers on the earth, not permanent, but as strangers and pilgrims (Heb. 11:13, 1 Pet. 2:11) looking forward to that great harvest to come when we will celebrate with the Lamb of God and dwell with Him forever.
So in looking over the last few posts, let’s remember The Feast of Trumpets is the beginning of our redemptive process, The Day of Atonement pictures the atoning death of our Saviour, the Lamb of God, and finally The Feast of the Tabernacles shows us the “rest” that redemptive work brings.
Mark your calendars for The Feast of the Tabernacles at sunset October 12th 2011, and why not join with some close friends in Christ to eat, share, pray, worship, and adore the One it is all about, Jesus Christ our Lord.
What does God have for you…just around the corner?