In Leviticus 23:42 the generations of
Israel are commanded to dwell or "sit" in temporary shelters
("tabernacles") for one week of the autumn season to identify with the
existence of the children of Israel when they lived in temporary shelters
("sukkot") in the wilderness.
I like God's experiential approach to things. He knows that memory is
linked to celebration is linked to activity. Sometimes just sitting in a
sukkah and drinking coffee in the shade provided by the thatched roof,
helps achieve the frame of mind the Lord is after. And just what is that
frame of mind?
Bottom line, it's a frame of mind free from worry and full of trust.
In Deuteronomy 8, Moses reminds the people of Israel that God who took
care of them for forty years in the wilderness. One of modern life's
most besetting plagues is "worry." How can we pay all of our bills, put
our kids through school, support our aging parents, pay our taxes and
give our tithes and offerings? What about urgent repairs? Medical costs?
Not surprisingly, Yeshua also addressed this essential issue. "...do not
worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about
your body..." (Matthew 6:25)
Celebrating the "Feast of Tabernacles" is meant to free us from worry.
It's a seven day opportunity to return to the essential ingredient in
our relationship with the Most High-trust. If I am not trusting Him to
provide on the material level, how can I possibly trust Him on the
spiritual plane? If He was able to provide for a few million people
tromping through the Sinai desert, He can certainly provide for me.
Let's face it - we need reminders. Building a sukkah out of
simple wood framing, hanging blankets for walls and resting branches
overhead for a roof, we remember the vulnerability of our past-but also of
our present. We are indeed vulnerable, as the natural disasters and
sudden wars of our era brutally demonstrate. So how, in a world we cannot
control, shall we gain any security, any peace of mind, any sense of
promise for the future?
While I sit in my sukkah and give thanks for all that God has given me, I
can see the stars through the not-fully-covered "roof" over my head. I
enjoy the early autumn breeze that blows in off the Mediterranean Sea
after the heat of summer. I heave a deep sigh, releasing the accumulated
pressures of modern life: rapid transportation, busy streets, pumped-up
stores, and digital communication. Where does my focus need to be? On this
never-pausing, pulsating, technology-driven rhythm? Or on a more
elemental, Creator-oriented approach to life? During Sukkot we are invited
to slow down, to return, to consider, to re-evaluate life in light of
eternal truth. Am I really so much in control of circumstances? Am I
emphasizing those aspects of existence that will endure beyond the next
meal, the next work day, the next day off?
Here is the genius of God. He knows how to take mundane stuff like wooden
boards and branches and blankets, to bring us back to Himself. It's a
heart thing. He's always after our heart. By taking seven days and
disrupting our normal routine, the Lord says "Hey, aren't you
forgetting something in your mad rush to function in this world? Remember
me? I'm the Author of all this. You will not succeed in the truest
sense of 'gaining a satisfying life' by acting as if you are
responsible for all that you have and use. I'm the Supplier. I'm
the Source. Look to me and be at peace. Come back to me and I will give
you true rest."
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15:05 29Aug13 S Lewis -
The Season of our Joy and Rejoicing! PRAISE HaShem, for He
"tabernacled" & continues to dwell & live among us. Even
in our wilderness and wanderings. EloHiM is in Himself, the
Master Builder of all things, our Source, our Provision, our
Supplier, our Peace, our Sar Shalom. May He Grace us to enter
into the Promise of His Sabbath Rest (the Millennial Reign of
Christ & His Coming Kingdom). May He Always bring us back to
15:47 29Aug13 Samuel -
Very well written and valuably introspective in an aspect of
GOD'S Design for Rest
21:25 29Aug13 LP -
The way you describe Sukkot is like a fast from society. I could
use one! What an encouragement to pursue the Lord's rest.
23:56 29Aug13 Florence Berg -
I love this article. Thank You for writting it. I know I need
to be reminded. I also need to get away and be with God during
this set aside time. Help me Lord to simplify my too confusing,
complex, cluttered life.
-- Eitan Shishkoff replies: I fully agree with your prayer and need to pray it for myself!
07:56 31Aug13 Don Knebel -
Such deep words of truth, In Devarim 30:19-20, we hear those
words to choose life, hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your
Life. Thank you as always for your Godly counsel.
18:35 01Sep13 Anon -
I love this article. It speaks to my heart, mind and emotion.
Unless we learn to rest in the Lord, we will never find true rest
07:46 25Sep13 P Bryant -
Baruch HaShem! This article is a wonderful confirmation to me and
a blessed reminder of who G-d is, was and forever shall be!