We began our keeping of the Feast of Tabernacles this week. It is during this festival that we think Jesus-Yeshua may have been born. If you want to know more about the birth of our Savior, I recommend:
When Was Jesus Born? ~ a wonderful audio that answers the following questions:
"Have you ever wondered when Jesus was really born? Was he really born on Christmas day? This teaching starts off by first finding out if it really matters at all when the Messiah was born and whether or not the Father cares when and how we worship Him. From there, we will take a walk through the scriptures to see if we can determine exactly the month, day and year of the birth of our Savior."
The 1st day and 8th day of this feast are holy days that are set apart for worship and fellowship.
During the Feast, a tabernacle or temporary dwelling, called a sukkah in Hebrew, or booth is built to remind us of our ancestors who dwelt in booths (tents) in the wilderness. So, for fun we made edible sukkahs with butter cookies, wafer cookies, and homemade frosting.
We each built our own and then we had hot chocolate or a glass of milk to go with and read together about the Feast in the Bible.
We enjoyed the next day by baking challah bread and cinnamon rolls, reading the Scriptures and then we had a couple families over for fellowship.
We also worked in our Grapevine Biblical Feasts and Holy Days notebook and completed the lesson for the Feast of Tabernacles.
Highlights from the study:
- The Feast of Tabernacles is to be observed from the 15th to the 21st of the 7th Biblical month, plus an Eighth Day. (Lev. 23:33-44)
- Throughout the Feast, offerings were made to the Father. (Numbers 29:12-40)
- All males were required to appear before the Lord as it was a time of giving thanks and remembering God's blessings. (Deut. 16:13-17)
- The law was to be read to all the people on this feast every 7 years. (Deut. 31:9-13)
- The exiles of Judah celebrated the FOT when they returned from their captivity in Babylon. (Ezra 31:1-4)
- Ezra read the law as commanded and they celebrated the feast with joy. (Nehemiah 8:13-18)
- Jesus-Yeshua kept this feast and taught in the temple during the Feast. (John 7:1-14)
- That God's (YHWH's) desire to dwell/tabernacle among His people is found all throughout Scripture and one day He will return to tabernacle with His people forever.
This is our 4th year remembering the feast, and each year we learn more about our Savior. :)
If you want to learn more, I reccommend:
Sukkot and Shemini Aretz (The Feast of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day)
Truth or Tradition (Do not listen to this if you do not want to know the truth)