Feast of Tabernacles, Part 1
Throughout Scripture, time and again God is seen stretching a Helping Hand to His people. His entire Book is a record of His love and care for them. God not only chronicled the many times He provided for the nation Israel but He insisted that they celebrate what He has done for them. You see, it’s not only important to God that His children praise Him for His constant provision but it’s also important for His children to remember the many ways He’s supported and cared for them. It is a lesson for all of us because when we remember the Lord’s tender love and help, we call to mind His abilities and willingness to lift us above whatever is pressing against us.
That is precisely God’s purpose in giving the Feast of Tabernacles. In today’s episode we discuss not only the Scriptural but the traditional details of the Feast the Jewish people call Sukkot (or Succoth). God intended this Feast to be a reminder of the time He provided for the nation of Israel when they were fleeing the Egyptians following the Exodus. It is a celebration of God’s Faithfulness and mankind’s total but joyous dependence on Him. (Of course, there is another reason for this celebration but you’ll have to wait for Part 2 to hear about that. Can you guess? I’m sure you can.)
In this podcast we have decided to go into some depth describing the ancient Talmudic traditions that have grown up around God’s original Feast. We learn that Sukkot is greatly loved by the Jewish people and has been for millennia. In this first part we concentrate on the ancient festivities and see that even tradition can be used to shed Scriptural light on Truth.
I want to remind you that we are discussing matters of eternal importance. You may think that these sorts of things are for the Jew only but everything in God’s Word can be applied to everyone; Jew, Christian…even non-believer. It is all so vital and that is why we urge you each time to take a moment to pray before you begin the study. There is so much to learn and so much to meditate on that we must be certain that God is with us, guiding us and showing us what His Word has to say. So, I strongly suggest that you go to the Father in prayer and ask Him to assist you as you hear His Word taught so that you may glean from it every precious gem that will lead you closer to Him.