I’ve been learning about Jesus through the study of the Biblical Holidays and just realized… HELLO, yesterday was the begining of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkoth) Sheila!
So I opened up my Family Guide to Biblical Holidays and read the chapter on Sukkoth. I was so blessed in many ways.
First, just sensing that testimony in me of, “Yes, this is true,” while reading about the spiritual living out of tabernacles by us as those born again, sojourning through this life, looking forward to our heavenly and eternal city made by God.
I read this excerpt from a commentary by Matthew Henry in the chapter:
It is supposed by many that our blessed Saviour was born
much about the time of this holiday; then He left his mansions of light above to
tabernacle among us (John 1:14), and he dwelt in booths. And the worship
of God under the New Testement is prophesied of under the notion of keeping
the feast of tabernacles, Zec. 14:16. For, [1.] The gospel of Christ
teaches us to dwell in tabernacles, to sit loose to this world, as those that
have here no continuing city, but by faith, and hope and holy contempt of
present things, to go out to Christ without the camp, Heb.13:13-14. [2.]
It teaches us to rejoice before the Lord our God. Those are the
circumcision, Israelites indeed, that always rejoice in Christ Jesus,
Phil.3:3. And the more we are taken off from this world the less liable we
are to the interuption of our joys.
“The gospel of Christ teaches us to dwell in tabernacles, to sit loose to this world, as those that have here no continuing city, but by faith, and hope and holy contempt of present things, to go out to Christ without the camp…” WOW! That rings amen in my soul! I praise God that increasingly I have a holy contempt of present things. The more I walk in the Spirit the more I understand how true it is that in following Christ you must hate your own life ( Luke 14:16). When Christ has been born in you, you sit loose to this world, while at the same time loving and longing for a deposit of that continuing city to be found in the souls around you.
I truly believe it was in the spirit of the feast of tabernacles, that, before even studying out the Biblical holidays, I began desiring to celebrate at Christmastime John 1:14 by pitching a tent in the living room next to the Christmas tree and reading John 1:1-18 to the boys and talking to them about how God came and dwelt in flesh among us kinda like us leaving our beds and houses to live in a tent.
“And the Word became 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.” John 1:14
There’s so much to learn of our Lord, to really get to know HIM! If we search for Him we will find Him. Studying the Biblical holidays has really enriched my intimacy with the Creator of the Universe and the Lover of my soul!