God commanded Israel to keep
certain appointed times. During one of these holidays we are even
supposed to make temporary dwelling places and yet again remember leaving
Egypt. It's been an awfully long time since we left Egypt. And
Passover is all about remembering our deliverance ... so WHY?!
Why do we need the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) and what relevance does
it have to you and me? Let's first remember that it had several
purposes even in the days of Moses, as set out in the following three
Cancelling of Debts
"At the end of every seven years, in the set time of the year of
cancelling debts, during the feast of Sukkot ..." (Deuteronomy
Coming before God
"When all Israel comes to appear before Adonai your God in the place
He chooses ... Gather the people ..." (Deuteronomy 31:11, 12).
Reading the Word
"... you are to read this Torah before them in their hearing"
In congregation Ahavat Yeshua we have gathered together during Sukkot as
a congregation every year at least once to celebrate. But this year in
addition to coming together and reading from our Torah scroll we took
another step in fulfilling the Biblical significance of Sukkot.
The prophet Zechariah foretold of a time when all nations will ascend to
Jerusalem every year to "worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to
keep Sukkot" (Zechariah 14:16).
Last year we noticed that so many visitors came to join us during this
appointed time that we could hardly fit in our meeting hall. This year we
took a leap of faith and rented a facility more than twice as large as
our normal space ... with great success! We estimate about 300 people
attended our service which normally has about 100-120 people. We departed
from our normal practice of only speaking Hebrew from the stage by
providing English translation from the front. It was an amazing privilege
to host the nations and see an expression of prophecy fulfilled. So while
Israel may not need another holiday to remember leaving Egypt, we do see
that this holiday is meant for connecting the nations to Israel and
giving us the opportunity to host all our friends!
Maybe you will join us next year?
This article was previously published on October
on the Revive Israel website