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James: Take-home lessons of Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret

During this year’s celebration of Sukkot (festival of Tabernacles) and Shmini Atzeret (convocation of the Eighth Day), we’ve been learning from each other and from God’s word and trying to put them together in our hearts. Every feast gives us something a little different. We have to be at first with God before we can be at peace with others. God gives us this שלום shalom.

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Shmini Atzeret: A rehearsal of God making all things new

With the coming of Shmini Azteret (Convocation of the Eight Day), Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) is over. Prophetically, it will happen one time and will never happen again. We stop waving the lulav (four tree species symbols of Sukkot) and parading the Torah around the camp, because the Eighth Day represents a time when all people who have been called and heeded the call will know God.

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‘Feasts to the LORD’ foreshadowed in Genesis 2-5

Sukkot 2011 — day 7

Daniel explores foreshadowing of all seven ‘feasts to the LORD’ in Genesis 2–5. For example, hints of Passover are seen in Adam and Eve’s hiding from God in the garden; Firstfruits, in Eve’s dedicating her firstborn; Atonement, in God’s marking Cain to wander with vengeance taken against him.

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Learning to love fear of the LORD

Sukkot 2011 — day 6

David reminds us from a number of passages throughout the Bible how “fear of the LORD” is healthy for growth in faith and righteous living.

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Lessons from the four species and sukkah in our relationships with God

Sukkot 2011 — day 4

Symbols of Sukkot: etrog and four species of the lulav
Symbols of Sukkot: etrog and four species of the lulav

Daniel reflects on his hasty building of a sukkah for the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) amid sickness in his family. He learned from the four species symbols of Sukkot and the design of the sukkah about God’s dealing with him via his heart, soul, mind, strength and spirit.

I built a סֻכָּה sukkah (booth, tabernacle, temporary dwelling) for the first time for my family and my children this feast. They aren’t difficult to build, but it did take me the entire day to build it.  The sukkah, in a sense, spoke to me, as I was building it. Today I want to share what I learned with you. 

These are not traditional definitions, but are fairly accurate definitions of the four species.

There are five items usually found on all sukkahs: myrtle, willow, date palm, etrog and olive. 

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Bear fruit of righteousness to enter the Kingdom of God

Sukkot 2011 — day 3

God requires us to “bear fruit.” This is not optional. Yeshua got so angry at the Pharisees because of their failure to produce righteousness that he said God would give the kingdom of God to another nation that produces it.

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Purpose amid futility: Lessons from Ecclesiastes

Sukkot 2011 — day 2

Ecclesiastes is customarily read during Sukkot, the festival of Booths or Tabernacles, to pour a bucket of reality on the rejoicing of the promised time when God will dwell with mankind.

We look for an explanation for the misery and battle between good, bad and evil explored in the book of Ecclesiastes both from the beginning of history and the end. Revelation 21–22 assures us that God will wipe away all tears and there will be no death, mourning, pain or frustration. All those things will pass away. That is what we are all looking forward to when Yeshua will tabernacle with men forever.

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