Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Feast of Booths or Tabernacles

It has been quite a journey.  Seven annual festivals or holidays, each one, by way of it's rehearsal, meant to remind Israel of a significant event in their relationship with Yahweh, the God of Israel.

The Spring Festivals:
     Passover or Pesach - Angel of Death passed over Israel because of the lamb's blood
     Unleavened Bread or HagHaMatzot - No leaven in the bread as it represents sin
     First Fruits or Yom HaBikkurim - Bringing in as offering, the first part of a harvest
     Pentecost or Shavuot - The giving of the Law to Moses and Israel
The Fall Festivals
     Trumpets or Rosh HaShanah - New Year, time of repentance and the start of God's judgment
     Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur - The completion of God's judgment, sealing Man's fate
and finally:
     Feast of Booths/Tabernacles or Sukkot...

A booth or tabernacle is just another name for a tent.  A sukkot was a four walled temporary shelter covered with flora.  The Feast of Booths was to remind Israel of their 40 years of wondering in the desert, of God's sheltering hand as they moved closer and closer to the Promised Land.  Still today, religious Jews construct a small shelter and take their meals and even sleep there during the Feast of Booths.

In the course of our discussion on the seven annual holidays we've learned that each festival also had a FUTURE significance for Israel, for ALL men.  Passover, the shed blood of Jesus.  Unleavened Bread, the sinless broken body of Jesus. First Fruits, His resurrection, the first of many.  Pentecost, the giving of the Holy Spirit.  Each of these Spring Festivals have already been fulfilled in Jesus, while the Fall Festivals have yet to be fulfilled.  Festival of Trumpets, His return for the believer.  Day of Atonement, His judgment of all men.  Finally, the Feast of Booths, Sukkot, a future time when Jesus shall rule from Jerusalem and we shall find rest in His shelter.  Zechariah 14:16-19 makes clear that there is a day coming when ALL nations, not just Israel, will celebrate the Feast of Booths, as they find perfect rest, perfect shelter in the Lord of Hosts and King of Kings!

There is only one way to be assured a place of rest in His care on that day, have you been covered by the blood of The Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ?

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