Remembering the Feast of Tabernacle

God set up this feast as a holy convocation to you.  It is a time to rejoice in the Lord
Yahweh (Leviticus 23:33-44).  “and the Lord Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
speak to the children of Israel, saying, the fifteenth day of this seventh month shall
be the feast of tabernacles, for seven days to the Lord Yahweh.  On the first day
shall be an holy convocation; you shall do no servile work therein.  Seven days you
shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord Yahweh; on the eight day shall be an
holy convocation to you; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord
Yahweh; it is a solemn assembly; and you shall do no servile work therein.  These
are the feasts of the Lord Yahweh, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocation,
to offer an offering made by fire to the Lord Yahweh, a burnt offering, and a meat
offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon its day.  Beside the
Sabbaths of the Lord Yahweh, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and
beside all your freewill offerings which you give to the Lord Yahweh.  Also in the
fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land,
you shall keep a feast to the Lord Yahweh seven days, on the first day shall be a
Sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a Sabbath.  And you shall take you on the
first the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and boughs of thick trees,
and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord Yahweh you God
seven days.  And you shall keep it a feast to the Lord Yahweh seven days in the
year.  It shall be s stature forever in your generations, you shall celebrate it in the
seventh month.  You shall dwell in booth, seven days; all that are Israelites born
shall dwell in booths.  That your generations may know that I made the children of
Israel to dwell in booths; when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am the Lord
Yahweh your God.  And Moses declared to the children of Israel the feasts of the
Lord Yahweh”.

This feast give us guidance and protection.  This feast reminds us of how God
protected the Israelites in the wilderness (Deuteronomy 16:12-17) “and you shall
remember that you were bondman in Egypt; and you shall observe and do these
statutes.  You shall observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that you
have gathered in your corn and your wine.  And you shall rejoice in your feast, you,
and your son, and your daughter; and your manservant, and your maid-servant,
and the Levites, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow; that are inside
your gates.  Seven days shall you keep a solemn feast to the Lord Yahweh your
God in the place which the Lord Yahweh shall choose; because the Lord Yahweh
your God shall bless you in all your increase, and in all the works of your hands,
therefore you shall surely rejoice.  Three times in a year shall all your males appear
before the Lord Yahweh your God in the place which He shall choose; in the feast
of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles;
and they shall not appear before the Lord Yahweh empty.  Every man shall give as
he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord Yahweh your God which He has
given you”.

Observing the feast of tabernacle, the people would recite the covenant between
them and God as it was given to them by Moses (Number 6:22-27) “and the Lord
Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying.  Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, on this
wise you shall bless the children of Israel, saying to them.  The Lord Yahweh bless
you, and keep you.  The Lord Yahweh makes His face shine upon you, and be
gracious to you.  The Lord Yahweh lift up His countenance upon you; and give you
peace.  And they shall put My name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless
them”.

This helps us to remember I our minds the blessings of our special relationship with
God.  From the first day to the last day the book of the law of God was read.

Zechariah prophecies in the future about the consequences of not observing this
feast (Zechariah 14:16-19) “and it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of
all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to
worship the King, the Lord Yahweh of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.  
And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth to
Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Yahweh of hosts, even upon them shall be
no rain.  And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there
shall be a plague, wherewith the Lord Yahweh will smite the heathen that come not
up to keep the feast of tabernacles.  This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the
punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles”.

Jesus Himself observed the feast, and we are commended to be followers of Jesus
as dear children (Ephesians 5:1).  In John 7:2-10 the Bible says “now the Jews’
feast of tabernacles was at hand.  His brethren therefore said to Him (Jesus),
depart from here, and go into Judae’a that Your disciples also may see the works
that You do.  For there is no man that does any thing in secret, and he himself
seeks to be known openly.  If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.  For
neither did His brethren believe in Him.  Then Jesus said to them, My time is not yet
come, but your time is always ready.  The world cannot hat you, but Me it hates,
because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.  Go you up to this feast; I go
not up yet to this feast; for My time is not yet full come.  When He had said these
words to them, He abode still in Galilee.  But when His brethren were gone up, then
went He also up to the feast; not openly, but as it were in secret”.  You see that His
brethren didn’t believe Him.

On the last day of the feast Jesus proclaimed in John 7:37-40 which says “in the
last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, if any man
thirst, let him come to Me and drink.  He that believes on Me, as the scripture has
said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  But this spoke He of the Spirit
which they that believe on Him should receive; for the Holy Ghost was not yet given;
because that Jesus was not yet glorified.  Man of the people therefore, when they
heard this saying, said, of a truth this is the Prophet”.

This feast is not just an Old Testament feast,   Jesus is our tabernacle, John 1:14
says “and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”.  It is an
appointed time that God, Himself have set up for His people to come near to Him.  
We being adopted into the family of God let us draw near to Him (Romans 8:15-16)
“for you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have
received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit Himself
bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”.

Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: October 14, 2011
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