Feast Of Freedom

Though Sukkot, The Feast of Tabernacles (or Booths), is observed every year by devout Jews, Christians, and even non-Christians should see what the Holy Bible says about this feast that will one day be the center of focus for the world (according to Zechariah 14:16).
Feast Of Freedom
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Sukkot was one of the numerous feasts the Jews were to observe each year, but there are some things that were special about this feast, which is called The Feast of Tabernacles (Booths) in the Holy Bible. Deuteronomy 31:10-13 shows that one of those things was that it had a very special purpose whenever the sabbatical year occurred.

“And Moses commanded them, saying, ‘At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, 11 When all Israel is come to appear before YHVH thy God in the place which He shall

choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. 12  Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and your stranger that is within your gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear YHVH your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: 13 And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear YHVH your God, as long as you live in the land when you go over Jordan to possess it.’”

Even though most who are reading this are probably not Jewish, we, especially those that personally know God through Christ, can learn much from this brief passage and greatly benefit from it as we apply it to our lives. Indeed, we can daily enjoy this feast of freedom in the following ways.

I. Releasing 10

“At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles . . .”

Every seven years the land was to be given a rest from agricultural activities. Poole {1} also points out that those who owed money “were freed from debts and troubles, and cares of worldly matters, and thereby fitter to attend upon God and his service.” This release from debts speaks to the fact that those truly in Christ have the debt they owed to God fully paid by Jesus Christ. All sin is rebellion against God, but Christ Who had no sin took our sin and became sin upon the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21) so He might receive our full punishment that we might be redeemed with His blood.

The release also speaks of the rest that is available to the redeemed by fully trusting in the finished work of Christ as well as loving God so much that we naturally do His will. In other words, as a true Christian grows in Christ, they eventually mature to the point whereby, thanks to the grace of Christ, temptations lose much of their pull and any trouble seems lighter than one might experience in the earlier years of their conversion.

But another key phrase is the term “feast of tabernacles (booths).” The Jews dwelt in booths from the time they left Egypt until the time they settled in the Promised Land. Dwelling in such booths foreshadowed the fact that Christians would dwell in the presence of God once they came to Christ, leaving the world (represented by Egypt) and being pilgrims on earth (foreshadowed by the Jews traveling through the wilderness).

Dwelling in the presence of Christ could only be possible because, as already mentioned, Christ paid the penalty for our sins. Futhermore, many Holy Bible scholars feel that due to the timing sequence noted in Luke 1, the birth of Christ took place around the time, if not during, the feast of tabernacles. In noting the incarnation of Christ, the Holy Spirit through the apostle John used the term “tabernacled amongst us” for what is often read as “dwelt among us” in John 1:14, and the apostle presents Christ’s ministry at the feast of tabernacles in John 7. The main point of all is that Christ tabernacled among us in order that we may tabernacle in Him, dwelling in the presence of God though we be imperfect in our own self.

II. Revealing 11

The eight day festival afforded ample time for the reading of the Jewish Law. Knowing what God desires, accepting His power to obey Him, and consistently following through brings about the true peace of God. Freedom from sin through the life of Christ brings us this true peace.

Daily we should be enjoying a feast of tabernacles as we feast upon His written Word, and obediently respond to His spoken word to our heart. The more we lovingly obey God, the more will be revealed to us as we grow in Him.

III. Reaching 11a, 12a

While the first part of verse 11 states that all Israel was to attend, the first part of verse 12 makes it clear that when YHVH said “all” He meant not only the men, but


the women, children and the strangers in their midst. And as every single person in the world is bound to sin, every single person is called to the glorious freedom there is in Christ Jesus.

The inclusion of the “stranger” causes us in the Body of Christ to see that the teaching and proclamation of the Word of God is not only for the saved but for those who need to be saved. All can, and should, benefit from the Word of God regardless of ethnic background, gender, age, or spiritual condition.

IV. Revering (Reverence) 12b - 13 

A main of objective of the revelation of the Word of God is to produce the fear of YHVH (God). The term here means {2} . . .

“1a1) to fear, be afraid 
1a2) to stand in awe of, be awed 
1a3) to fear, reverence, honor, respect”

In the Christian walk it is good to consider all of these, including the one that indicates that we should be somewhat afraid of God. This might seem odd in today’s world when we here much about God being a loving God, but permit me to give an illustration.

My parents loved me and I knew it. My mom was the one that meted out physical discipline when we needed it (except for the time my dad back-handed my sister!). We loved our parents and respected, but we were also afraid to disobey them for we knew we would be punished -- because they did love us.

It is the same with God. He loves us. We need to learn to love Him. If we learn to love fully and completely then, “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. 19  We love him, because he first loved us.” (1 John. 4:17-19)

Even walking with Him firmly in love it is good to at times remember we are accountable to the God of the universe. It is good unto salvation for it is written in Psalm 19:9, “The fear of YHVH is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of YHVH are true and righteous altogether."

The fact that the “fear of YHVH . . .  endures forever” indicates if we fear being left alone to go to hell and instead make Christ our King surrendering our life to Him, and we endeavor to remain surrendered to Him every day of our life, then that fear of YHVH will bless us eternally. By the grace of God through Christ we shall escape hell and truly live forever. 

Notes:

{1} Poole, Matthew - An electronic version of his commentary incorporated into the Online Bible program.

{2} From an electronic version of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong incorporated in the Online Bible program, and so throughout the article whenever the ancient language is referred to and no other authority is cited.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    Jesus affirms that money is a false god, because it offers happiness and security for the future, but ribs us of our only riches, that is, the present time. Caught up in making money, we are unable to live truly and freely: we neglect our personal growth and family life, keep silent before evil and lie.
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