Feast of Tabernacles 2016

The Feast of Tabernacles in one of the “pilgrimage” festivals listed in Leviticus 23 in the Judaeo-Christian Bible.  Besides ‘Feast of Tabernacles’, the festival goes by a number of other names: Feast of Booths, Sukkot (Hebrew for ‘booths’), Feast of the Nations, and of course The Season of Our Joy!

This festival looks back at the forty year period of time when the Israelites lived in the wilderness of Sinai.  During that time the Hebrew people were isolated from the rest of the world in an almost “millennial” setting.  They could see the Presence of God dwelling in their midst. He covered them daily with His cloud, and at night He warmed them with His fiery presence.  During their 40 year “wilderness experience” their needs were taken care of, neither their shoes nor their clothes wore out, and they were judged righteously in accordance to God’s Torah by Moses and the judges.

The Feast of Tabernacles also looks forward to the 1000 year Messianic Kingdom when Yeshua will be dwelling in, and ruling from Jerusalem.  It will be a time when all the nations learn of the great things that happen when people follow the ways of the God of Israel.  As a consequence, shalom (peace) will spread out from the Great City and will eventually encompass the whole world.

A Wilderness Experience:  God’s people are called to observe all of His festivals – Passover, Pentecost, and of course – the Feast of Tabernacles; but during the fall festival of Sukkot, we are also instructed to dwell in “booths”.  Dwelling in booths – little huts that are nothing more than temporary shelters – reminds us that like Abraham, we are “sojourners” in this world; and so for this 8 day period we are to separate ourselves from that world.  The Feast of Tabernacles is to be our yearly “wilderness experience” where we can commune with God and each other in as much of a “millennial” setting as possible.  In a sense, it’s our opportunity to “go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob . . .” so that He can “teach us His ways” whereby we can better “. . . walk in his paths“.  (Isaiah 2:3)

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Our family, including 6 other families just returned from 8 days of Sukkot at a nearby campground. It was an amazing time of fellowship, joy, laughter (boy, did we do plenty of that!), bible study, campfires with kosher marshmallows, bike riding,dancing (and I brought my flags which I danced with) and just plain ole fun!  This is our 5 years of celebrating Feast Of Tabernacles at it is also called, yet only the last three have we spend with an amazing group of people who are choosing to pull away form the normality of life within the church and seek the Father with all our hearts. We are tight-knit group that has a desire to do what Scriptures says. Do we all agree at times, nope, but the common thread of YHVH’s love prevails.

It is good to be back home after sleeping in a temporary dwelling for 8 days with the last two of the days with rain.  But I have to admit, I do miss the technology free environment, gathering with my family and friends, late nights at the campfire, no set schedule, no phone ringing and checking for messages (although when we got home, my inbox was slammed), just simple life living.  I know that this is just a temporary set up for the final production in eternity.  So for now, I’ll deal with the bug bits, leaky tents and burnt bread for the sake of being obedient to the TORAH and my love for the Father and the Messiah.

Till then, here are some of our pictures to enjoy on how we celebrated this commanded Moedim (feast).

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Our Sukkot Tent..We had two of them. One for my husband and three children and then the other for my eldest daughter who wanted her OWN dwelling

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One of our families set up camp right in front of us with lights and the works. Isn’t that beautiful?

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Shabbat mid-day study time. We talked about the parables and celebrating His feast by the moon.  So cool to be able to just share how The Father has revealed to us how to celebrate His feast by how we believe we are to. We are all on a journey to do our best while on earth It was so freeing to just be ONE body with no one “leading it” and just discuss.

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Blessings for the children. Yup that is ME, I was instructed by my husband to be included!

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One body, one table to break bread and a campfire to keep us all warm.

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Some of the finest ladies of this years Sukkot. Love these gals!

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And of course, OUR men who where our covering in so many ways during the 8 days! Amazing men of YAH!

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And of course, the Air-Soft Team, who without them, our campsite would be in ruins!

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The famous crew of ducks and geese and the lake.They made sure we welcomed them when we visited the playground with the children

Sukkot 2016 and amazing time with amazing group of people who I call “family”

Blessings and Sweet Shalom

Mama Bell

 

 

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