A celebration of harvest, and of thanksgiving for the provision God has given

The fall Feast of Tabernacles is an “ingathering,” a celebration of harvest, and of thanksgiving for the provision God has given. In Israel, families will spend the week of celebration living in, or at least gathering in, temporary dwellings, rejoicing together while remembering the days of old.

Often people do forget about all the good things that come over them each day. Nearly every day we hear in the news so many bad things in the world happened somewhere on this globe. But when we look around us, we may not complain.

All Jews, both observant and secular, look back fondly to the season in history when Moses led their forefathers out of Egyptian bondage. They encountered many difficult moments during their trip, to which no end seemed to come. More than once they forgot how the Adonai had taken care of them, saved them from the bondage of the Egyptians, let them pass the see and provided food in the wilderness, How often we also do not forget how the Elohim provides us with food and happiness in our life? In the wilderness, of this present world, how does the God of Israel does not make it easier for us to find our way?

Rejoicing together while remembering the days of old, we also remember how Jehovah God provided a man who was willing to give himself for us. We are thankful that God wanted to accept the ransom price that Nazarene paid to whitewash us from our sins.

God instituted the seven major feasts as a calendar of His plan of history. Already in Gan Eden He had spoken of the one who would bring an end to the curse of death. Whereas the first four annual feasts of the Lord (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and Pentecost — Leviticus 23:1-22) are celebrated in the Spring season and point to the first coming of the Jewish Messiah and the Gentile’s Saviour, the last three feasts (Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles — Leviticus 23: 23-43) are celebrated in the fall. Being associated with its harvest season, they may also point us toward the Messiah’s second coming! Jesus was the Passover Lamb who also became the personification of the other spring Feasts of Unleavened Bread and First Fruits. The Helper, God and Jesus had promised, was the Holy Spirit given to the closest followers of Christ. That way the church was born fifty days after God had taken Jesus out of the dead, on Pentecost. In Colossians, Paul describes festivals as shadows of the substance, Jesus Christ! (Colossians 2:17)

The Israelites made their way to the Promised Land. We too still have to make our way to the Promised Land. There shall come a time that we shall come to see the end of our walk through the wilderness of this world and shall find the beauty of the Land of God, the Kingdom of God. It is the looking forward to that moment that all the righteous shall be able to enter that promised Land and Kingdom of God, that should make us glad and be thanking God for the promises He made, kept and shall keep.

As the fall feasts also represent future events and shall find fulfilment at Jesus’ Second Coming (Feast of Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Israel’s national salvation) and the Millennial Kingdom (Feast of Tabernacles), we have good reason to thank the Bore for His grand Plan that shall come in fulfilment!

Let us not forget, these days, to look at all the good things we have received already and be pleased and thankful that we may look forward to better times to come.



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Additional reading

  1. The Exodus Story: History or Myth?
  2. Let them thank the Lord for …
  3. Give thanks to יהוה! For He is good, For His kindness is everlasting
  4. Today’s thought “Therefore nations will praise you forever …” (January 25)
  5. Today’s thought “Rejoice in the Lord” (April 9)
  6. Today’s thought “As the scripture has said” (April 15)
  7. Today’s thought “Yet I will rejoice …” (December 14)
  8. Being thankful for the Word spoken to us by God
  9. Coming to Thanksgiving day 2020
  10. 12 Verses: Where Is the Promised Land? and 4 Other Questions
  11. Biblical Yeshua/ Jesus or Another European Greco- Roman Jesus ??
  12. The Sukkah and a Harvest Festival in Newbury and in Leuven
  13. A Meaningful Thanksgivukkah
  14. Vox populi anything but Vox Dei
  15. Pray to thank God
  16. Praying and acts of meditation without ceasing
  17. a Helpful salutation to God
  18. Memorizing wonderfully – Additional verses: Psalm 34 Tasting and blessing Jehovah God

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