Those who know me, know that I love to celebrate the Hebrew feasts. In celebrating the Hebrew feasts I have learned so much about the God we serve. In the Hebrew calendar there are many feasts, however there are three major feasts. The yearly cycle begins with Passover. In the third month is the feast of Pentecost and finally in the seventh month is the feast of Tabernacles.
Tabernacles is a cluster of feasts:
1. The first is the Feast of Trumpets, also called Rosh Hashanah. The trumpet or shofar is sounded marking a New Year. It is a time to celebrate God as King. This year the Feast of Trumpets begins at sundown on September 24th in our Roman calendar.
2. The Days of Awe, which is a ten-day period of time, set aside to seek God. The ten-day period begins with Rosh Hashanah and ends on Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement. (You may want to meditate upon Jeremiah 29:12-13; James 4:8)
3. The Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur is a time to repent and be restored. The Jews celebrate God’s forgiveness. It is the time to deal with anything that would hinder your fellowship with our God. Hebrews 12:1 is a perfect description of the Day of Atonement: “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” This year the Day of Atonement begins at sundown on Oct. 3rd.
4. Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot is a week of celebrating God’s glory living with His people. This year that week begins at sundown on October 8th. God dwelt with His people in the past, the Word of God became flesh and tabernacle with us, and He tabernacles with us. You may want to meditate upon the following scripture: Leviticus 23:34-43; Ex. 40:33-35; Ps. 63:2; John 1:14; Rev. 21:3-4; Acts 15:16-17.
Dear one, I encourage you to embrace this season. Seek the Lord your God, repent, get clean, and throw off all those things that hinder your walk with Him. Celebrate the joy of God’s glory and tabernacle with Him. Be blessed!!
Patricia L. Wenzel
Some material from:
1. The Messianic Church Arising by Dr. Robert Heidler, Glory of Zion Ministries, 2006
2. www. Chabad.org