This last week our church celebrated the Feast of the Tabernacles - Sukkot. This is something we do throughout the year; we incorporate the Feasts of old to take pause during our busy lives and to remember all the Lord has done for us. As we have begun to take the time to reflect on all God's provisions for our lives, it has brought new meaning to our Christianity and brought us to greater depths of Christ's Love.
The Feast starts with, of all things, a fast. This was a time in which we are to remember God's provision by giving up something of value to us. During this Feast, even to this day, the Israelites would construct tents in order to remember the time of provision as they wandered in the wilderness. For me, I gave up something important, sugar and television. Sugar is something I am technically not suppose to have anyway so I didn't feel that was following the true spirit of the fast so I additionally gave up television.
I would like to say I was a 100% faithful but as we have a television in our bedroom and others come in to watch their programs, I did engage in some 'watching' but I did not turn it on independently, nor watch my Korean Drama's, which I'm addicted to during the feast. Overall I did pretty well with the sugar until my husband bought home some special handmade peanut butter chocolates and I did fail over those. I tried to reason that marital relations were just as important as the fast but I'm not sure it held water with God... What the fast did do for me is give me a more focused prayer life during the week, remembering to thank God for all He has provided and will provide for our family.
After the week of fasting, from Wednesday to Wednesday, there was a Feast at our church. They did a beautiful job of decorating and putting together a delightful spread. We all sat at the long tables talking and enjoying fellowship with each other throughout the dinner and then our Pastor began to explain the Feast and it's significants to us today.
|Branches and Lemons to be used during the Feast.|
|The ladies and our daughter, Victoria, working with the meal.|
|Hot and Cold Cider and beautiful cakes to finish the meal.|
|Our churches' beautiful tent set-up in the sanctuary.|
Our tent set-up to remember God's provision.
Isn't is beautiful?
|Pastor Donna walking us through Sukkot.|
|Andre sang the scriptures beautifully throughout the service.|
|Apples and Honey used in celebration.|
|The lighting of the candles.|
"This was a spectacular celebration. John recorded that it was the day after the Feast of Tabernacles, which was considered a Sabbath, when Jesus returned from the Mount of Olives to teach in the Temple. (John 8:2; 7:2; 37). As the Pharisees came to entrap Him, Jesus proclaimed, "I am the light of the world, He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life." (John 8:12) The Pharisees did not question the meaning of his statement, they knew it was a messianic claim for they immediately called him a liar. His names are "Star out of Jacob, the Light of Israel, the Light of the Nations, a Refiners Fire, a Burning Lamp, the "Sun of Righteousness."
The Light He offered would Light the Whole World. (Isaiah 49:6)"
I took much of my explanations from the Feast from the pamphlet that was given to us during the celebration. There is so much more that I could not fit into this blog but you have a small idea of the significance of this celebration. Our family has enjoyed learning about the Feasts and understanding why God commanded His people to pause and remember. When we get going too fast in life and all that is required of us just to live from day to day, sometimes we forget to take time to be thankful to a truly loving and caring God.
May God Bless and Keep You in His Grace,