Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles) is also called the “Season of Our Joy.” After the Season of Repentance and Redemption comes the joy of knowing that your sins are forgiven and the joy of walking with God more intimately.
Historically, Sukkot causes God’s people to remember the days in the Wilderness of Sinai after they came out of Egypt (i.e., the world). Prophetically, Sukkot speaks of the joy of the Messiah’s Kingdom. The joy of Sukkot was so great that it became known as simply “The Feast.”
The Hebrew word for a temporary dwelling place is “sukkah.” It can be a booth, a hut, a covering, a pavilion, or a tent. The sukkah is ultimately built to remind God’s people of the reign of the Messiah.
Just as from Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) to Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles) marks the beginning of the construction of God’s Sukkah in the wilderness, so does it mark the permanent construction of God’s Dwelling Place – the New Jerusalem. According to Hebrew History, Moses ascended Mount Sinai the second time for forty days and nights to receive the second copy of God’s Marriage Covenant (i.e., the Ten Commandments). He descended Mount Sinai on Yom Kippur, as a sign of God’s forgiveness for the grievous sin of the Golden Calf as well as a sign of a lasting covenant of fidelity to His people. The next day Moses shared God’s instructions to build the mishkan – God’s Wilderness Dwelling Place. All the materials needed to build this portable structure was collected during the days before Sukkot with the work beginning on the first day of Sukkot (Exodus 35; 36:1-7).
Always remember that the reason that God’s Wilderness Tabernacle was built is the same reason people build temporary booths to celebrate Sukkot: “Let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8). It’s to establish a personal relationship between you and God as well as between God and His holy nation. Since intimate relationship, which is the reign of the Messiah by the way, is what Sukkot is all about, please allow me to lay on you some “tabernacle” truths:
- Messiah Yeshua tabernacle among us (John 1:14).
- Peter spoke of his body being a tabernacle (2 Peter 1:13-14).
- Paul spoke of our earthly bodies being earthly houses or tabernacles (2 Corinthians 5:1-5).
- Moses’ Wilderness Tabernacle is called a tent of habitation (Acts 7:44; Hebrew 9:2-8).
- Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived in tabernacles (Hebrews 11:8-9).
- The Tabernacle of David was both a tent and a dwelling place (Acts 15:16; Amos 9:11).
- Messiah Yeshua entered God’s Temple in Jerusalem on the Feast of Our Joy (John 7:25-29).
- The Heavenly Tabernacle with the code name, the Lamb’s wife or the New Jerusalem, comes down out of heaven (Revelation 21:1-9).
- Messiah Yeshua entered the True & Perfect Tabernacle of God through His own blood (Hebrews 9:11-14).
Let’s fully enter and embrace the Season of Our Joy!
~ Robin Main
Copyright October 14, 2019 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main
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