Brethren, as we approach the Fall festivals and make preparations to go to the Feast of Tabernacles, we are reminded in Deuteronomy 14:26 that the two primary reasons for going to the feast are “that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always” and “that you and your household may rejoice.”.
In these challenging times when fear and anger are growing due to financial stress from the loss of jobs and failed investments, when acts of terrorism and wars fill our television screens, when diseases are on the increase, and when marriage and family are under threat, we have reason to rejoice in the coming Kingdom of God portrayed by the Feast of Tabernacles. Satan and his demon hosts will be destroyed forever and soon we will be rulers of the world with Christ in the Kingdom of God.
In Leviticus 23:41-43 God commands us to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. He says: ….41 You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 You shall dwell in booths for seven days.
God made Israel live in booths for forty years in their wilderness journey to teach them and us valuable lessons about how to live our lives as sojourners on this earth. These lessons are portrayed in keeping the Feast of Tabernacles. A booth is a tent, a temporary dwelling – unlike a permanent home made of brick that has a permanent foundation. It can be folded up and taken to another location— taken because the person who owns it is on the move.
Having received the Spirit of God and a part of God’s spiritual purpose, we have to understand ourselves as temporary dwellers on the earth. Even though we do not live in a tent that we can fold up and carry to another location, we are to understand that we are temporary dwellers on the earth. We are a people on the move toward the Kingdom of God which is the reign of Christ, the Millennium, and the permanent dwelling of God that is going to begin when Jesus Christ returns and establishes His government.
Christ came to the earth and tabernacled among us as a human being and He had to deal with life the same way we do. He had the same time and space constraints as we do. He had all of the experiences we go through. He was subject to the futility of this world. He was subject to decisions made by others. He was subject to persecution. He was subject to pain. He got tired. He was treated unfairly by the court system. His life was taken away as a result of it. When He was on the stake, He suffered pain unjustly. He had to deal with the same challenges we do! He was surrounded by sin despite His righteousness. He was subject to the futility, vanity, and meaningless of this world. But what did He do? He rose above it because He believed what Romans 8:28 tells us: “all things work together for good to them that love the Lord and are the ccalled according to His purpose.”
Do not lose sight of a major reason why we are keeping the Feast of Tabernacles. It has to do with this pilgrimage and endurance. It has to do with the suffering that we go through on the pilgrimage on the way to the permanent dwelling of God while we are living in this temporary world! Romans 8:18 says For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Let us consider this eternal hope of our calling as we approach the fall festivals and prepare to go to the Feast of Tabernacles.
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