A Time to Celebrate
Lulav– acrylic on canvas – On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees – from palms, willows and other leafy trees (Myrtle) – and rejoice before the Lord for seven days: ~Leviticus 23:40
Sukkot – The Feast of Tabernacles – Tishri 15-22, 5779 – September 24-30, 2018
Sukkot is a celebration feast, a time for rejoicing and thanksgiving. We look back at how the Lord provided for the Israelites during the 40 years in the wilderness as they lived in temporary dwellings as well as the fact that the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (as promised), and we beheld His glory, glory as of an only begotten of a father; full of grace and truth. ~John 1:14 We look forward to His millennial reign on earth when our temporary dwellings that we know as our fleshly bodies will be changed. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so also we shall bear the likeness of the heavenly man. ~1 Corithians 15:49
Tradition as instructed by Adonai in Leviticus 23 includes making and living in temporary outdoor shelters/booths/tabernacles, waving the Lulav (see art above), singing, eating, dancing and celebrating the end of the harvest season. I cannot tell you enough what a fun holiday this is. Yeshua did celebrate this feast (John 7) and there is a theory that this is the true time of His birth. I would encourage you to research this for yourself.
Then it will be that all the nations who have come against Jerusalem (in the End Times) and survived will go up each year to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. And it will happen that if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem…then there will not be rain for them. ~Zechariah 14:16-17
One tradition that my small prayer group added to our celebration is watching a movie called “Ushpizin” about a sweet Jewish couple, Moshe and Malli and their Ushpizin/guests for Sukkot. It is fascinating to observe Jewish tradition and how it points to Yeshua even though they may not see it. We can also develop a love for the precious people the Lord longs to reveal Himself to and pray for the Shalom of Jerusalem. The movie is in Hebrew with subtitles but well worth watching and again each year. It can be rented on YouTube for $2.99 or you can watch it for free but the quality is not great.
On day eight, after Sukkot, Simchat Torah (rejoicing in the Law) begins. Jews as well as Messianic believers in Yeshua all over the world begin a one year cycle of weekly simultaneous study of Torah beginning with B’reshit (Genesis) 1. There is a link below if you are interested in following along including Brit Chadashah (New Testament) readings.
http://Torah Readings for this week – Hebrew for Christians https://www.hebrew4christians.com/Scripture/Parashah/parashah.html