This may sound strange to you. How can the Kingdom be restored, one sukkah at a time? What does this mean? We have come to understand the main purpose of the Tabernacle through a previous study. The foremost, but not the only, purpose of the tabernacle was to be a set apart place for YHVH to dwell with His people. We want to show you how the feast of Sukkot, also known as the feast of Booths or the feast of Tabernacles, is not only connected with the tabernacle, but also a picture of YHVH dwelling, once again, among His people. We will also show you how this feast is part of YHVH’s restoration.
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We just had the privilege of celebrating the Biblical feast of Sukkot! We celebrated the feast by camping on the roof of a building with other believers. It has been an amazing time, and we have experienced and learned so much.
This feast of Sukkot is indeed multi-facetted. It is a festival of rejoicing before YHVH for His provision. At the same time, we experience a taste of the millennial Kingdom, in that we dwell together with brothers and sisters in love and unity. We also get to live in booths in order to remind us of the Israelites dwelling in booths, while wandering through the wilderness. There is even more to this feast, but it is on this last mentioned facet, the dwelling in booths, that we would like focus in this post.
It is Friday; the sun is almost setting and a family gathers in their home all dressed up and ready to start their Sabbath celebration. The aroma of the prepared dinner is mouth-watering and the children giggle in anticipation. Mother and Father are getting the last things arranged. Everybody finds their places at the beautifully set table, while mother gets the challah and candles ready. The candles are lit by her while she prays the traditional blessing. The Shabbat has begunâ€¦â€¦
I have used this traditional Sabbath setting as an example, as it is such a familiar scene, but how are we to view traditions as believers in Y’Shua? Is it good to follow traditions? Some Torah observant followers of Y’Shua condemn all traditions, whether it be Jewish, Christian or something in between. Is this the approach we are to follow?
I want to show you both sides of the scale. Traditions are not to be viewed as evil or deceptive in general, although like with so many other things, we are to follow a wise and balanced approach.
It is almost time for Sukkot, the Festival of joy! Going to Israel for Sukkot is an unforgettable experience! All around you see Sukkah’s; the streets are filled with people, and you hear cheerful celebration deep into the night (not always so great, if you want to sleep). There is an atmosphere of jubilation all over. The shelves of the vegetable and fruit vendors at the markets are filled with fresh fruit: pomegranates, figs, grapes, olives and watermelons. What a feast of color and sweetness! What makes it so extraordinary in Israel, is that the feast is celebrated by the nation. Almost everybody participates. It gives you a little taste of what it will be like after Y’shua’s return, when all the nations go up to Jerusalem to celebrate this appointed time with YHVH. Yes, that is what it is, a special appointment with YHVH.