The sukkah memorializes God’s faithful provision in the past as Israel wandered in the wilderness. Waving the lulav joyfully acknowledges His bountiful supply in the present. But, there is also a future element to Sukkot.
The momentous 24-hour event of Yom Kippur draws attention to God’s provision for the annual covering of Israel’s national sin. A profound message, however, is embedded in the ancient ritual for all who live in the 21st century.
May the year 5778 be filled with abundant blessing and peace!
All who espouse a Judeo-Christian worldview must be aware of not just the traditional significance ascribed to the sounding of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, but the biblical relevance to life in the 21st century.
As you celebrate Pentecost Sunday, take a moment to consider what the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit means to you, to the success of your local church and your responsibility to impact the world.
Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD. You shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to the LORD.
And the descendants of the captivity kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.
Recounting God’s provision in the wilderness, coming to Israel’s defense against enemies and providing the Davidic Dynasty to furnish leadership for the nation, the 78th psalm provides vital instruction to future generations.
That the Jewish people have carefully adhered to God’s requirements to communicate the message of Passover to successive generations authenticates the historic event that marked the founding of the nation of Israel.
Sukkot is not only a joyful commemoration of God’s dealings in the past, it also exuberantly typifies the fulfillment of everything God has purposed through His covenantal relationship with Israel.
“For Jews who have lived through the Yom Kippur War, the holiest of the High Holy days will never be the same. For us, it stands not only as a day of atonement but as day of gratitude to God for the miracle of survival.” Itzhak Brook, MD
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying: “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.”
Shana Tova—A Good Sweet Year to You!
Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth, O seed of Abraham His servant, you children of Jacob, His chosen ones!