Seven years ago we built our first Tabernacle and began learning what God had to say about the Feast of Tabernacles. At first, it was kind of awkward trying to tell my children why we were building this “tent” and eating meals out there without really understanding it myself. But in those days, they didn’t care too much, it was just fun. Through the years, God has revealed so much about His heart for this feast and I have come to LOVE it! I am always excited to put up the tabernacle and to have the chance to fellowship with God out there under the stars. We usually invite friends over and eat most of our meals out there (if the mosquitoes don’t eat us first!)
We also “do school” out there and enjoy the cool fall mornings worshipping outside. Today was the first day of this seven-day feast. The kids were excited even though they struggled to remember why we do this! So that’s where we began, back at the beginning…… God initiated the Feast by having the Israelites build booths to commemorate their time of in the wilderness, their temporary dwellings while they were on their way to the Promised Land. The second major theme was the time to celebrate the end-of-the-year harvest. It was the most joyous festival of the year. Likewise, today we can celebrate this Feast giving thanks that we are still in our temporary dwelling places but on our way to our eternal home in the Presence of Jesus. This Feast takes on great significance now in the end-times because we are also anticipating the great end-times harvest of souls. There is so much to look forward to and it is important to remember these eternal truths in the midst of the hardship we face day-to-day.
We are called into joyful celebration this week, lifting up praise and thanksgiving to the One Who has prepared for us a glorious future.