What a joy it was, after the Feast of Trumpets, to know that there was a whole week of feasts and celebrations… The young adult was ecstatic and wanted to clear her whole calendar to make time to be there. My heart was convicted, because that is the heart that God wants. One that will seek Him, no matter what. Nothing else matters. Nothing else is as important. We made it to Sukkot, and after watching a video by Rabbi Fohrman (who is not Messianic, yet has some amazing insight into the Torah), my heart was broken by the significance of Sukkot to Gods heart. You have to have a license to watch this video… if you are lead… this video broke my heart because the explanation of Sukkot was so beautiful in relation to how moved God was, as our greatest lover! The gift of trust… what lover doesn’t want to be trusted by their beloved? What lover would not leave everything for the one they love?
This was the sukkah we experienced. What’s funny, my first Pastor after getting off the streets was a Messianic Jew. And he would build a sukkah, and celebrate the feasts… why was i so blind?
A major category of Jewish holidays is the pilgrimage festival. Described in the Hebrew Bible as celebrating both agricultural festivals and historical events in the history of the Jewish people, these three holidays were set aside in biblical times for people to travel to the ancient Temple in Jerusalem to. These three holidays are Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot.
This is a holiday that people return to Jerusalem for. Why Sukkot? The Jewish people put their lives in Adonai’s hand, He reciprocates with a cloud to direct them… and then the clouds of glory became protective on the 7th day. On the 7th day, the sea was split… He would provide, He would take care, He would provide… Is Pesach (Passover) and Sukkot the celebration of the same day? Pesach was about what they ate Sukkot was about where they stayed
Exodus 12:29-39 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) (vi) 29 At midnight Adonai killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh sitting on his throne to the firstborn of the prisoner in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. 30 Pharaoh got up in the night, he, all his servants and all the Egyptians; and there was horrendous wailing in Egypt; for there wasn’t a single house without someone dead in it. 31 He summoned Moshe and Aharon by night and said, “Up and leave my people, both you and the people of Isra’el; and go, serve Adonai as you said. 32 Take both your flocks and your herds, as you said; and get out of here! But bless me, too.” 33 The Egyptians pressed to send the people out of the land quickly, because they said, “Otherwise we’ll all be dead!”
34 The people took their dough before it had become leavened and wrapped their kneading bowls in their clothes on their shoulders. 35 The people of Isra’el had done what Moshe had said — they had asked the Egyptians to give them silver and gold jewelry and clothing; 36 and Adonai had made the Egyptians so favorably disposed toward the people that they had let them have whatever they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.
37 The people of Isra’el traveled from Ra‘amses to Sukkot, some six hundred thousand men on foot, not counting children. 38 A mixed crowd also went up with them, as well as livestock in large numbers, both flocks and herds. 39 They baked matzah loaves from the dough they had brought out of Egypt, since it was unleavened; because they had been driven out of Egypt without time to prepare supplies for themselves. The farthest point experimentially… after the harvest, when we feel the most provided for and secure… we leave everything and remember how we depended fully on Adonai and left the comforts and luxuries behind.