|Posted by Messiahs Truth on September 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM|
You may be thinking, “I’ve been a believer for a long time and I know my Bible.” Well, we’re admonished to study to show ourselves approved unto God in 2 Timothy 2:15 which states, “Do your best to present yourself to Elohim as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” This is a continuing process and lasts for a lifetime. It’s how we grow from faith to faith and from glory to glory.
There is a very important Festival that’s nearly here. It’s called by many names, the most common ones being “The Feast of Tabernacles” or “Sukkot,” or “Booths.” I’ll refer to it as Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles.
Why is Sukkot so important? It teaches us about Yahweh’s Divine protection. We camp out in the “wilderness” in booths…a very temporary dwelling…and He protects us just like he did the Children of Israel when they left Egypt and camped out in the wilderness.
In this modern world, we have access to many options for self-preservation. However, He said if YOU try to save YOUR life, YOU will loose it. That’s not to say that we should not seek Him for wisdom about how we should prepare as we see danger approaching. However, it seems all too often that we take the reigns out of His hands and go overboard trying to protect ourselves. Yes, we can build a fortress and stockpile it to the brim with food and weapons, etc; but never forget, Dear One, that He’s the only One Who can and will protect us if we are OBEDIENT to His Word. Our fortress can be hit by a bunker busting bomb, and our land can be taken in the twinkling of an eye by eminent domain or redistricting as a flood plain, etc. So don’t put your trust in what YOU can do, put your trust in what HE can do.
The Feast of Tabernacles teaches us to trust him. In our temporary dwelling, He walks throughout the camp speaking words of love, encouragement, and shalom. He’s our pillar of cloud by day and our pillar of fire by night. This feast is training for our wedding day. Not only is it an exercise in trusting His protection, it speaks of the great ingathering.
This ingathering is like no other. It’s greater than the Exodus from Egypt. WOW!
Jeremiah 23:7-8 reads, “Therefore, behold the days are coming, declared Yahweh, when they shall no longer say, As Yahweh lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt, but ‘As Yahweh lives who brought up and led the offspring of the house of Israel out of the north country and out of ALL the countries where he had driven them.’ Then they shall dwell in their own land.”
Ezekiel 37:19-22 states, “…Thus says Yahweh Elohim: Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (that is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him. And I will join with it the stick of Judah, and make them one stick that they may be one in my hand. When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes, then say to them, Thus says Yahweh Elohim: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms.”
A future Feast of Tabernacles will be an ingathering to celebrate Messiah’s rule on the earth.
Romans 12:2 proclaims, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of Elohim, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Deuteronomy 30:1-4, “And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where Yahweh your Elohim has driven you, and return to Yahweh your Elohim, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, then Yahweh your Elohim will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you, and he will ‘GATHER YOU AGAIN FROM ALL THE PEOPLES’ where Yahweh your Elohim has scattered you. If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there Yahweh your Elohim will GATHER YOU, and from there he will take you.”
Remember, Beloved, He truly is our hiding place as spoken by David in Psalm 31:20 and Psalm 32:7.
Ps. 31:20, “In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter [TABERNACLE] from the strife of tongues.
Ps. 32:7, “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.”
Ps. 27:5, "For he will hide me in his shelter [sukkah] in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock."
Keeping the Feasts is important!
Think on these things.