Festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles)
Chag HaAsif (Festival of Ingathering)
On this first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, God speaks of His having chosen our heart as the place to reside in. What a thought on this day…that we, whom are the Temple of God, are filled of the Holy Spirit, and harbor The Lord Almighty in our hearts and minds. Is this a figure of speech or the real deal?
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
As Moses descended Mt. Sinai with the very finger of God inscribed on Stone, so was the beginning of the Law; instructions given in order to make the ways of God known to men. A means of creating healthy boundaries, of providing a safe barrier from the enemy. This Law would create a clear division from right and wrong, Holy and evil. There needed to be a manual of Life and Truth bestowed upon the people in whom God so Loved. Without this rearing, discipline, and teaching, there would be no insight into what is considered living outside of the Kingdom of God. Separation from the great I Am would have no definition, there would be no clue into what enables real and true intimacy with the Creator.
Upon Moses descent was the uproar of a Life without God. The Israelites were showing and exemplification of a Life without Faith, without the One True God; they practiced idolatry. In an effort to feel good and comforted they took in what was in front of their eyes, they took in what was trapped in their mind; the brainwashing of slavery in Egypt. Moses thrashed the tablets upon the ground; casting the first stone. At this time and place Moses had the authority to do this; he was extending the wrath of God, a God He just communed with, a God He experienced personally. The Law of God would make a definitive entrance into the lives of those who sought freedom. Freedom does NOT come without cost.
Moses then ascended the mountain to seek the Grace of God. Interesting how Moses is seeking Grace and receives the Law. After a 2nd 40 day interim, Moses descends once again, yet this time he arrives to the Israelites on Sukkot; the Day of Tabernacles. Not only would the commandments be given again, but the instructions on building the tabernacle would ensue. Law and Grace in harmony; God provided a place for His very presence to dwell amongst His people. These people, a people He Loves and has chosen before the foundations of the earth.
God was so detailed and specific on how the tabernacle should be built. Much the same as how specific He was in instructing the Israelites on how to live, behave, and be. Could it be that He was preparing two tabernacles? Would one or both be a rehearsal for the other and another? Thoughts to ponder on as we do more study within the next 7 days of this Feast time.
When God sent His Son Jesus; God made flesh, we see the greatest representation of God tabernacling with us thus far, here on earth. His Love brought to us in a way that would make a way for Him to enter our hearts.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
“…that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
These are no joke Words from God. When Jesus “left”, he left to leave us something so important that we have never, as a people, been the same since.
“But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate (Holy Spirit) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.”
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind
them on your foreheads.”
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
“”I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.””
If not for the Grace of God, would our hearts be hardened and our minds corrupt. Struggling each day to remain pure and to do good deeds to amount to something. But all, in our own effort, is in vain. For The Lord is Holy to a degree we cannot fathom. His righteousness can never be reached through our human efforts. But the Blood of the Lamb! When we look on the “things” of God, when we fill our minds with the Word of God, when we surrender our life and expectations to God, when we accept His never ending unfailing Love in our hearts, we are made righteous. We become the Righteousness of God in Christ. Then, when He searches our hearts and minds, He finds His Son in us. We are atoned for and become sons and daughters of the Most High.
Because of all this, we have created a dwelling place for The Lord. Obliterating the separation created at the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Shekinah (Sh’chinah) Glory cloaks us yet again, as His presence grows in us. Our hearts and minds inhabited by a Consuming Fire. A place that is protected, directed, provided for, that manifests the glory and power of God; something to take very serious. His Love endures forever; His Love within us. An Eternal Salvation that does not wait for tomorrow…it exists today. Take hold and be bold. Thy Kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
He is here in our midst. As this Moadim is upon us; Sukkot, so is His Love. Windows of opportunity, Divine alignments of every sort. As we celebrate this Feast of Tabernacles let us remember, it is all about His presence being made known. He provided the means for an intimate relationship through His Son Yeshua Hamashiach. There is a future in this Feast that is made brighter by the Son. Rehearse it, live it, embrace it!
Chag Sameach (Happy Holiday)
Z’man Simchateinu, the Season of Rejoicing!