Friday, September 24, 2010

The Festival of Booths Part 5

We continue our study of The Festival of Booths by examining the spiritual significance of Tabernacles. We saw yesterday that Yeshua participated in the celebration of this holiday and used it as a teaching lesson. There are a number of spiritual lessons to learn from the feast. For example, Elohim is our shelter. This holiday reminds us not to hold too tightly to material possessions. We live in an age that is very materialistic age. Television commercials try to control and dictate our desires. They tell us what we should want to make our lives happy and complete. Tabernacles reminds us that all we see is temporary. It is the things of Elohim that we are to cling to. It is ADONAI's faithfulness and provision that will bring real joy. Isaiah 25:4 reads: "For thou hast been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the blast of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall...." Let us rejoice in Elohim's faithfulness to His people.

Just as the Israelites lived in booths or tabernacles, we also live under the shelter of Elohim. In our fast paced world, it is easy to forget the essential role ADONAI plays in each of our lives. We need to really thank Him for all the good things that are in our lives. If you look around, you will find plenty to be thankful for. Things may not be perfect, and you may be facing struggles in relationships or finances, but you have the blessing of Elohim on your life if you are living in obedience to His Torah.

The reason this holiday is so joyous is that the emphasis is on His faithfulness, and not on yours. During these seven days, focus on what he has done for you in the past. It is by looking to the past that we may have confidence for the future. Keep looking back while you are walking forward. The Festival of Booths is a great way to do just that.

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