Well, this post is going to be different. Not very long at all. A friend of mine asked if I would be her guest “blogger.” In other words post on her page instead of mine. So I hope you will enjoy my thoughts on Sukkot at my friend’s blog: Whispers in Purple. [Note to readers viewing this older post: the owner of that blog, Peggy Blan Pfifer, died on Sept. 28, 2020. She was a precious sister in the Lord. Since the post on her blog is no longer available, I am pasting it in below, for your convenience.]
As I reread my post, I realized that I really needed to be reminded of that lesson which seems so long ago. Thank you Lord that you are ALWAYS with me. I hope you all have a blessed holiday whether or not you actually celebrate it.
(originally posted on the Whispers in Purple Blog as a guest post)
This week the Jewish people are celebrating the last of the high holy days—Sukkot—The Feast of Tabernacles. I love this time of year, beginning with the Feast of Trumpets (Jewish New Year) and followed by Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement).
Each year my congregation goes to Mount Hermon for a few days for the Jewish New Year. This year someone shared that it is possible that the Transfiguration occurred during Sukkot. Why? Because of the unusual working of Peter’s spontaneous response. “It is good to be here.” It carries an idea of pleasantness and joyful companionship. And then Peter says, “Let’s build three Tabernacles, one for each of you (for Jesus, Elijah, and Moses).”
Now a good Jewish man like Peter was not talking about alters (which is what many people think this passage means). Rather, maybe, Sukkot was on Peter’s mind. Let’s build three Sukka’s (tabernacles), so that we can stay here and enjoy this special time together.
Could it be? I don’t know. But there is something wonderful about having a dwelling place with God, here on earth. Something companionable, comfortable, and safe in the thought. And then I realize, God did dwell on earth for a while, among us. He tabernacled with us, in a human body.
Today, as I was driving home from work I was thinking about tabernacles in a different way. I was wishing that I could have my own sukka (booth or tabernacle) and that I would have to depend on God to keep me safe while I stayed in it for the duration of the Feast. Then I caught myself wondering, why?
I realized I’ve been so caught up with the frustrations and worries of life, and the minor inconveniences that disturb me that I’ve gotten my eyes off of God—I seem to be an expert at that.
We are expecting unusually hot weather for the next few days. Sukkot could be quite unpleasant this year for those who observe it properly (literally sleeping outside in their booth, and eating all their meals there). Those booths were to remind us that God took care of us in the desert—and is still taking care of us—despite our seeming self-sufficiency.
Sukkot reminds us all over again that we always were totally dependent on God. And as Peter said, that is a good place to be—if God is faithful, loving, true, gracious, and merciful—and He is.
The surprise is that we no longer need to build booths to remind us that we need Him. Why? Because He is still tabernacled with us through His Holy Spirit. He is living in us—if we are living in Messiah. And if that is the case, well then, I could be no place safer, more secure, and more restful. I realize I had forgotten that He is the one keeping me, not I Him, and that makes all the difference.
If you have never observed Sukkot before, maybe take a few days to read the different scriptures about this special holiday and give thanks for how God has so faithfully cared for you over the years. To learn more, you may enjoy this link that I recently found: http://www.yeshuahamashiach.org/Sukkot.htm
Sukkot 2020: You might like this link as well! https://www.oneforisrael.org/bible-based-teaching-from-israel/holidays/tabernacling-with-god-at-the-feast-of-sukkot/