Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sukkot - Feast of Tabernacles

Leviticus 23
Yehovah (God) said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites: 'On the fifteenth day of the seventh month Yehovah's Feast of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work. For seven days present offerings made to Yehovah by fire, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present an offering made to Yehovah by fire. It is the closing assembly; do no regular work. (" 'These are Yehovah's appointed feasts, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing offerings made to Yehovah by fire—the burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings required for each day. These offerings are in addition to those for Yehovah's Sabbaths and in addition to your gifts and whatever you have vowed and all the freewill offerings you give to Yehovah.)
" 'So beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to Yehovah for seven days; the first day is a day of rest, and the eighth day also is a day of rest. On the first day you are to take choice fruit from the trees, and palm fronds, leafy branches and poplars, and rejoice before Yehovah our Elohim (God) for seven days. Celebrate this as a festival to Yehovah for seven days each year. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come; celebrate it in the seventh month. Live in booths for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in booths so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in booths when I brought them out of Egypt. I am Yehovah your Elohim.' "
So Moses announced to the Israelites the appointed feasts of Yehovah.


So what is Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles) all about?

Well for us there are a couple of things that we focus on remembering as a family.

1. Yahweh (God) had the Israelites dwell in booths (sukkah) while He led them on a journey to the Promised Land.
He provided for them during that time and sustained them. It is a feast of joy!

2. He tabernacled (dwelt) among them during that time in the form of a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.
He lovingly led them and guided them. We read through Psalms 113-118 during this week.

3. We remember that the 'Word became flesh and dwelt among men' (John1:14) The Word 'dwelt' in the Strong's concordance comes from the Greek work Skenoo which means, 'to fix one's tabernacle, have one's tabernacle, abide (or live) in a tabernacle (or tent), tabernacle'. So the Word became flesh (in the form of Yeshua (Jesus)) and tabernacled among us!
During this feast, we read the birth accounts in the Scriptures of how Jesus came into this World to dwell among us. Sometimes we set up a small nativity scene for the week although we haven't had a chance this year. We do have signs up though throughout the house that the children made which say 'Jesus is our Tabernacle'!

4. We remember that during the end times after Yeshua (Jesus) has returned to earth, that the nations will be called to come and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. This is written in Zechariah 14:16-21. We feel like this is a little dress rehearsal of times ahead to come :)

5. We LOVE to think about John 7 during this feast. You can read it online here. Jesus celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles! During this feast, on the last day, there was a water libation ceremony where water was drawn from the pool of Siloam. This was not apart of the Torah (instructions) that YHWH (Yahweh - God) gave His people but instead it was an 'extra' kind of thing the High Priests, Pharisees and Scribes were doing. The water was apparently poured out on the altar.
Then we read,

In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink .
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." (John 7:37)

Jesus cried (which in the Strong's is #2896 which is Krazo is Greek and it means to cry out like a raven, to cry out in a loud voice! Here they are pouring out the water and Jesus cries out like a raven announcing, "Let thirsty men come to me and drink and they will be filled with living waters!" What a beautiful thing! He is the Living Water!

6. This feast also reminds us of the harvest time (God's bountiful provisions) and about the Great End Times Harvest to come too.

7. One day we shall tabernacle with him for ever

So, I thought I'd share with you some of the photos from our Sukkot week so far...

Getting some toilet paper roll flowers ready as homemade sukkah (tabernacle-tent-booth) decorations. Inspiration FROM HERE. I really love how these activities are apart of homeschooling as well as preparing for the festivals. Makes for some good times. Also makes for some stressful times - I won't kid you. There were tears and tantrums here still but they did get in and do bits and pieces to help...


Brett mowing the lawn (since the very territorial birds that had been nesting in our backyard for the past month flew off only the day before!)

More paper decorations...
I had a crack at making these paper starburst thingys again inspired by THIS WEBSITE but they didn't work properly. They held together for a while but I don't think I did them properly. Anyway, they were fine for just adding a bit of colour to the inside of the tent!



The solar lights getting all charged up for the night ahead...

We had been meaning to buy a tent for a while. So, once those birds left we decided to take the plunge and buy the tent...

helping to hammer in the pegs with dad...
finishing off the paper chains outside in the sun while we were putting up the tent...


snacking and playing with the iphone while everyone else was doing stuff - what a life! :)



Some of the decorations in one of the tent's rooms inside and the blankets and cushions set out ready to curl up on...


the three room tent! plenty of room for everyone!


Everyone having arrived, called in to give thanks for the food. We were really excited and blessed to share this special time together with our friends...



Plates were filled up and taken back into the sukkah to enjoy fellowship in there...



some of the kiddos...



the lovely Donna and little Auri...


Keiran + precious Mira...



Enjoying dinner!

Reclining together...

Brett reading aloud from the Scriptures...


 
the kids coloured in their colouring in books that I had made them while the Scriptures were read aloud...



Keiran had a turn at reading from Zechariah...


Mmmmm sweets for desert - icecream, strawberries and homemade ginger bread (thanks Donna!)


Eating desert inside...

Saying goodbye to the Edwards' :) Was a blessing to have you all join us!

 Thsi is what the tent looked like at night with the little solar lights near the ropes so they could be seen...


The next day was an extra Shabbat (Sabbath) rest and we chilled out for most of the day in our pj's. I continued in our Pilgrim's Progress read aloud while the kids continued colouring in their Sukkot books...

Oh and did I mention we slept that night in the tent?! Once we all finally got the kids organised (was a bit stressful at first!) it was fine and fun! Reminded me of school camps I went on!



We snacked on scones with jam...
and vegies...


and a vegie quiche for lunch...


Elijah spontaneously made a Sukkah from paper  that he'd been given as a birthday present this past week. So sweet :) Here he is showing it to Brett...


He said, "Can you see the grass on top? And inside is the box with the stone tablets in it!" I love seeing all the things we talk about around the feasts going into their hearts. This was one little creative expression of some of the info he's hearing. Was a real encouragement to this mama's heart to see that learning is happening all around. Like I know it does but was really lovely for me to see it so clearly!


Pj cuddles :)


So that's about it for now :)
We had a blessed time celebrating Sukkot today with our mates Heiko and Lori and their extended family. Was really great :) More on that some other time.
If you have been celebrating, I hope you've had a wonderful time remembering His appointed time as best you can and keeping it (guarding over it) in your heart.
Sending my love,
Lus x

 

10 comments:

kathy said...

What a great way to learn! It looks like you have been having so much fun together :) I really enjoy reading up on your feasts I hope that next year we will be celebrating these too!

lusi said...

Thanks Kathy! We've really enjoyed learning about the feasts and love how they are creative and family-friendly celebration times. I pray Yahweh will lead you as you continue looking into these appointed times of His.
Much love,
Lus x

frills and spills said...

Love reading all about all the cool stuff you do as a family!

Much love :)
Jas xx

lusi said...

Thanks Jas! I'm glad :) We enjoy learning and celebrating through these times so much.
Hope you are well matey!
Love Lus x

Sarah said...

Wow...this is absolutely fantastic. Well done guys! I really enjoyed the pictures and that vegie quiche just made my mouth water! xxx

lusi said...

Thanks Sarah! We've been finding that celebrating these special appointed times that Yahweh (God) set aside are such a HUGE blessing to our family; learning about Him and His way and His plans more. So exciting! Hope you are doing well mate!
Love Lus x

Daughter to THE King said...

Thank You Lusi for posting your celebration. It really is a joy. I am just now learning about how to celebrate the feasts and festivals. I hope that next year I will be able to plan accordingly and really teach my children and fellowship a little better than we did this year. Thank you for the encouragment and ideas.

Shalom,
~Amy

Miss Jocelyn Tzahala said...

Looks like you are all having a wonderful feast of Sukkot!! Definitely a time of rejoicing! :)

Shalom!

lusi said...

Shalom Amy + Miss Jocelyn!
Lovely to have you drop in and share!
Amy, ours keeps changing and growing each year as we learn more and more about Him and His plans and ways. Praise Him that He journeys with us all!
Love Lusi x

singing mama said...

Lovely Lusi, I cant believe I havent yet commented to let you know what a joy it was to share Sukkot celebrations with you guys!! We are so blessed and had such a beautiful joyous night!! love you :)
Luv Donna

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