I can hardly sleep I’m so excited. This evening at sundown marks the beginning of The Feast of Tabernacles (or Sukkot)!
No, we are not Jewish. My husband was brought up in the Southern Baptist church, and my background consists of a mix of Catholicism, a Pentecostal-like environment, and a more contemporary church. I became much more conservative after marrying my husband, and for about five years now our feet have been firmly planted in the reformed camp. I think John MacArthur’s teachings is where it’s at. So why do we celebrate several of the Biblical feasts?
Studying about how glimpses of the Messiah are evident throughout the Old Testament was a game changer for me. I honestly wanted to celebrate Him in the way He laid out through Scripture.
My heart yearns for the “old paths.” I know most people take this to mean a more fundamental church environment, but I want to go back even farther. Back to Biblical times; back to where God made His will known to us.
Thus says the LORD, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls.
Jeremiah 6:16 NASB
The Feast of Tabernacles was fulfilled through Jesus Christ. While decorating our booth, I’m reminded that this world is not my home. I’m reminded of how Jesus left the heavenly realm to dwell in the flesh with us. I’m reminded of how He most likely was born in a lowly sukkah.
The Feast of Tabernacles is the equivalent of Christmas to us. We pull out our Nativity set and eat a shepherd’s meal. We decorate a “sukkah,” or booth. The Israelites dwelt in booths while in the wilderness, which was a sign of God’s provision…our sin was erased by the provision of His Son. We also focus on Christ and the sacrifice He made by dwelling in an earthly body for a time. How great is He! What a Savior!
I know how different we must look from the rest of the world, but truly, all I want is Christ. Celebrating in this way has been such a blessing to me. I had grown so weary at Christmas-time, while celebrating Christ like the rest of the world. I began to question if this is what He really wanted. The things of God are foolishness to the world, and so if the world embraces something of “God,” I do begin to question if it ever was truly from Him.
Sisters, I definitely do not know all the answers about this. I am learning as I go! Sadly, one of my favorite blogs about this topic is no longer around. The author had spoken with such love, conviction, and grace. Feel free to take a look at how my family celebrated this Feast last year here. Again, we don’t have all of the answers, but we are always learning, always growing, and always looking for new ways to best serve our Savior.
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