A Feast for All Nations
by Moshe Morrison, Teaching Elder, Tents of Mercy
It was while I was building my own sukkah (tabernacle/booth) for the first time as an adult at the age of thirty that the full force of John 1:14, hit me. "The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us." I had been a follower of Messiah Yeshua for six years. I already had an intellectual understanding that the Greek word for tabernacled was the same word used for sukkah. Yet, suddenly in the midst of building one, the reality of that verse exploded in my mind and heart. Here was a real fusion of the heavenly glory and the earthly container. The revelation was so overwhelming that I became physically weak and had to go and lie down and absorb it before I could resume work on the sukkah.
Though my experience occurred while building a physical sukkah in the context of the holiday, it was the eternal reality that I touched (or that touched me) to which the earthly sukkah points, that was the essence of the encounter. The same thing doesn't happen every time I build a sukkah, but the deposit remaining in my soul from that time will never go away.
The sukkah (tabernacle/booth) is a picture of Yeshua, who is "the Word (who) became flesh and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14).
"... who, although He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond servant, being made in the likeness of men" (Philippians 2:6,7).
Yeshua came from the most solid and secure permanent place. He chose to come, to a place of suffering, as a person, as one of us, in order to share in our experience. By taking on a human body He took on that temporal frame, susceptible to all the afflictions of humanity. What could be a more tangible picture of this than leaving the security and comfort of our homes in order to dwell in a temporary structure, exposed to the full range of the elements?
An Experience for the Whole Family
"You shall dwell in booths for seven days ... that your generations may know ... that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt ..." (Leviticus 23:42-43)
The week of dwelling in the sukkah helps us to realize the frailties of this life. It encourages us to remember God's provisions for us in the wilderness journey, and to look forward to the time when He will be our permanent dwelling place.
Sukkot1 - the Feast of Tabernacles - is, and has for many years been, my family's favorite holiday. Everything about it resonates with a life and vibrancy that, I believe, excels anything else in the annual Biblical festival cycle (and that's no mean feat). Sukkot is the culminating festival of that yearly cycle. Rich themes, symbols and activities make it a feast for spirit, soul and body.
A Feast for All Nations
The above are excerpts from a book I wrote about Sukkot, which is now being made available for the very first time – free of charge.2 It is our desire to provide you with tools by which you can both understand and celebrate this grand festival of God in a manner that will be a great blessing to you and your families. We pray that it will be a foretaste of the ultimate celebration in which Israel and the nations will participate together in the presence of the Lord in Jerusalem at the end of this age.
"And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles" (Zechariah 14:16).
1 This year the biblical Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is celebrated in Israel from sundown October 16 to sundown October 23.
2 To find and download Moshe Morrison's Sukkot book, please go online to:
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