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Sukkot Is Here
is year, 5767 in the Hebrew calendar.
Feast of Sukkot starts October 6, 2006 and ends 8 days later.
a good day in His house
is a special holiday. This is
a time when we dwell in temporary booths like the children of Israel did
in the wilderness. This was a
time when the children of Israel needed to count on G-d for all their
supply. Sukkot began on the
15th of Tishri ( October 6th at sundown) and lasts
for one week. The eighth day
added a closing convocation (Lev 23:36).
This is a joyous celebration.
Sukkot is called the Feast of Tabernacles.
It is a harvest festival and a time of thanksgiving for all the
L-rd’s supply. This is a
time of praise to G-d for His protection and provision during the time
when the children of Israel were in the wilderness.
This feast will continue to be celebrated in the millennial Kingdom
Leviticus 23:33-44 NASU]
Again the L-RD spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the sons of
Israel, saying, 'On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of
Booths for seven days to the L-RD. 'On the first day is a holy
convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind. ' For seven days
you shall present an offering by fire to the L-RD. On the eighth day you
shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to the L-RD;
it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work.
'These are the appointed times of the L-RD which you shall proclaim
as holy convocations, to present offerings by fire to the L-RD — burnt
offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each day's
matter on its own day — besides
those of the Sabbaths of the L-RD, and besides your gifts and besides all
your votive and freewill offerings, which you give to the L-RD.
'On exactly the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have
gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the
L-RD for seven days, with a rest on the first day and a rest on the eighth
day. 'Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of
beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of
the brook, and you shall rejoice before the L-RD your G-d for seven days.
'You shall thus celebrate it as a feast to the L-RD for seven days in the
year. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you
shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 'You shall live in booths for
seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall live in booths,
so that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel
live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the
L-RD your G-d.'" 44 So Moses declared to the sons of Israel the
appointed times of the L-RD.
"You shall celebrate the Feast of Booths seven days after
you have gathered in from your threshing floor and your wine vat; and you
shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter and your
male and female servants and the Levite and the stranger and the orphan
and the widow who are in your towns. "Seven days you shall celebrate
a feast to the L-RD your G-d in the place which the L-RD chooses, because
the L-RD your G-d will bless you in all your produce and in all the work
of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful.
" Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the
L-RD your G-d in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened
Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall
not appear before the L-RD empty-handed.
"Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing
of the L-RD your G-d which He has given you.
They celebrated the Feast of Booths, as it is written, and
offered the fixed number of
burnt offerings daily, according to the ordinance, as each day required; and afterward there was a continual burnt offering, also for
the new moons and for all the fixed festivals of the L-RD that were
consecrated, and from everyone who offered a freewill offering to the
They found written in the law how the L-RD had commanded through
Moses that the sons of Israel should live in booths during the feast of
the seventh month. So they proclaimed and circulated a proclamation in all
their cities and in Jerusalem, saying, " Go out to the hills, and
bring olive branches and wild olive branches, myrtle branches, palm
branches and branches of other leafy trees, to make booths, as it is
written." So the people went out and brought them and made booths for
themselves, each on his roof, and in their courts and in the courts of the
house of G-d, and in the square at the Water Gate and in the square at the
Gate of Ephraim. The entire assembly of those who had returned from the
captivity made booths and lived in them. The sons of Israel had indeed not
done so from the days of Joshua the son of Nun to that day. And there was
great rejoicing. He read from the book of the law of G-d daily, from the
first day to the last day. And they celebrated the feast seven days, and
on the eighth day there was a solemn assembly according to the ordinance.
Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations
that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the
King, the L-RD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. And it will
be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem
to worship the King, the L-RD of hosts, there will be no rain on them. If
the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on
them; it will be the plague with which the L-RD smites the nations who do
not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths. This will be the punishment of
Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate
the Feast of Booths.
Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was near.
Therefore His brothers said to Him, "Leave here and go into
Judea, so that Your disciples also may see Your works which You are doing.
"For no one does anything in secret when he himself seeks to
be known publicly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the
For not even His brothers were believing in Him. 6 So Jesus said to
them, " My time is not yet here, but your time is always opportune.
"The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify
of it, that its deeds are evil.
"Go up to the feast yourselves; I do not go up to this feast
because My time has not yet fully come."
Having said these things to them, He stayed in Galilee.
"Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in G-d, believe
also in Me.
"In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not
so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
"If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and
receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
"And you know the way where I am going."
Thomas said to Him, "L-rd, we do not know where You are going,
how do we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and
the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;
(for he is faithful that promised;)
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good
forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is;
but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day
above verses are about G-d being the supply in the wilderness of life.
Sukkot is a time when we dwell with G-d in booths.
This is a celebration of His supply.
The L-RD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet
restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I
fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort
prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed
my head with oil; My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of
my life, And I will dwell in the house of the L-RD
dwell in His house we must be His child, His possession and under His
now speak of the place in us where G-d can dwell.
Man has a spirit. G-d gave man a spirit. This
spirit is a the part of man where G-d can dwell.
We have the choice to have Him dwell in us.
Ask and ye shall receive. Ask
that the Ruach HaKodesh to dwell in you.
Ask that your spirit be continually filled with the Ruach HaKodesh.
Ask Adonai Yeshua to dwell in you.
Yeshua and Ha’Aba (The Father) are Echad (one).
Sukkot is a time when we remember G-d dwelling with us.
Thus declares the LORD who stretches out the heavens, lays the
foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him,
all of the sacrificial offerings of this feast are to take place in the
Jerusalem Temple. This Temple
is no longer standing and these offerings have all been fulfilled in
Mashiach Yeshua. Any
sacrifice outside G-ds Temple are against the Word of G-d.
That is why He came in the form of Yeshua to be the eternal
sacrifice for sin to those who believe in Him.
In other words, no Temple, no accepted sacrifice.
His desire is to dwell in us and us in Him.
looks forward to the day when He dwells in us and us in Him.
G-d has prepared a place in each of us where He can dwell.
He has given man a spirit.
we repent our sin, ask forgiveness and receive His Son as our Messiah, He
gives us a gift. He gives us
the Ruach HaKodesh. He
occupies our spirit with His Holy Spirit. Remember G-d is Light. Light
disperses the darkness. He
fills a dark and empty spirit of man with the Light and Life of His
Spirit. If we truly receive
His offer of Salvation in Mashiach Yeshua, no power can remove G-d from
His dwelling place in us. Hence
the words eternal salvation apply.
comes by faith. Once we ask
Yeshua to be our savior, believe in Him as Mashiach, repent our sin, we
are saved. This is salvation.
At this point He enters us in the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).
This is an eternal promise given by G-d.
This eternal Salvation is not about correcting our physical
situation in life, but an eternal promise of Salvation from dwelling
without G-d for eternity. With
the Sacrifice of Yeshua, offered for our sins we are now acceptable to
faith in G-d. Ask Him to show you the truth.
Now faith is the assurance of things
hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of G-d.
of it this way. Here is a
short illustration. You have
been charged with a felony theft. You are guilty of this offence.
You come before the judge in court.
The judge acts righteously in finding you guilty.
You repent this wrong doing. You
know that you will not survive the incarceration in jail.
You know that you should receive any judgment the judge offers.
Just as the judge is about to sentence you, a friend (someone who
really loves you) comes forward and tells the judge that he will serve
your sentence, pay your fines and suffer the verdict of the judge for you.
The judge seeing this act of love releases you as your friend will
serve your sentence. That is
what Yeshua can do for you.
Now that we
understand how to get there, we can move on.
Once we return to a relationship with G-d cleansed in the blood
offering that He has supplied, He wants us to grow in Him and to be filled
with His Ruach HaKodesh. This
part is about growth after Salvation.
It is up to us to remain filled to overflowing.
Being continually filled is a matter of faith and fellowship, not a
work of Salvation. There is
one ministry of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) that is not a one time
event in our walk with G-d. This
is not a work to gain favor. It
is His work in us. This one
supplies a continual filling or continually being filled.
This is called the filling of the spirit.
This is a moment-by moment ministry of the Ruach HaKodesh that is
continually deposited into our spirit by a submissive will and an
[Romans 8:1-4 NASU]
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in
Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you
free from the law of sin and of death.
For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh,
G-d did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an
offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement
of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the
flesh but according to the Spirit.
We must be
filled with the Spirit of life in Mashicah Yeshua (Jesus Christ).
To grow in our relationship with Christ we need to continually
receive the Spirit of His life. The
Spirit guides us in our every day walk.
The Spirit is the Truth of the Law.
The Law becomes part of our life and nature.
[1 Cor 15:45
NASU] So also it is written, "The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A
LIVING SOUL." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes
Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I
want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the
Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the
Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many
things in vain — if indeed
it was in vain? So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and
works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing
The Spirit is
given to us as a gift from Christ. When
we receive Him as our Savior, He begins a work of the Spirit in each of
us. Christ dwells in us in
the Spirit. G-d dwells in us
in the Spirit. When G-d
begins a work in us He will finish what He has started.
His intention is to fill us with Him so that we take on His
appearance like a mirror reflecting an image. [ Soon
I will be teaching about the three parts of man that are mentioned in the
[Phil 1:6 NASU]
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good
work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
NASU] But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the
desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and
the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another,
so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by
the Spirit, you are not under the Law.
Paul tells us
in Galatians to walk by the Spirit. His
intention is to get us to turn to the Spirit for guidance in all things. If the Holy Spirit is guiding us, we are in other words not
condemned under the Law, but filled with the Spirit of the Law.
NASU] Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as
wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do
not be foolish, but understand what the will of the L-rd is. And do not
get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the L-rd;
always giving thanks for all things in the name of our L-rd Jesus Christ
to G-d, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of
with the Holy Spirit is about growth in our relationship with G-d.
Being filled with the Spirit is about being filled with His life
and nature. Being filled with
the Spirit is about Christ and reflecting the Christ within us to others.
Remember our salvation is sealed with His promise of the gift of
grace by faith. Being filled
with the Spirit is part of that new life that we are given at the time of
Salvation. Being filled with
the Spirit is how we continue to walk the walk of life that brings a good
testimony of His life in us.
about eternally dwelling in the house of the L-rd, in Psalms 23. G-d is looking for a man after his own heart in each one of
us, male and female alike. G-d
has promised that he will send a Redeemer to us.
He has promised a New Covenant with us in that Redeemer our
Messiah. The Redeemer will be
the bridge that will bring us back to Him.
The redeemer will bring us new life and intersession for our sins. These promises are all foretold in the Tanach (Old Testament)
G-d has never told a lie.
NASU] Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler
of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "
Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do
these signs that You do unless God is with him."
Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you,
unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old?
He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can
he?" Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is
born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
" That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is
born of the Spirit is spirit. "Do
not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
" The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it,
but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone
who is born of the Spirit."
Nicodemus said to Him, "How can these things be?"
Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel
and do not understand these things?
"Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and
testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony.
"If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will
you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
" No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from
heaven: the Son of Man. "As
Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man
be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
"For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the
world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
" He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not
believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name
of the only begotten Son of God. "This
is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the
darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. " For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and
does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
"But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that
his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."
[John 15:1-11 NASU]
I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
"Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away;
and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more
fruit. " You are already clean because of the word which I have
spoken to you. " Abide
in Me, and I in you . As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it
abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in
Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do
nothing. "If anyone does
not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they
gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever
you wish, and it will be done for you.
"My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and
so prove to be My disciples.
"Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide
in My love. "If you keep
My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My
Father's commandments and abide in His love.
"These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in
you, and that your joy may be made full.
starts in the Heart of man (The Spirit), filling up like a vessel
overflowing from the inner vessel outward to the Soul and then again out
to the Body. This makes us a
new being who overflows the Holy Spirit to others. We receive, fill up, overflow and spill out this Water Of
Life to others. We act as
Yeshua would act, illustrating His Love and proclaiming His promise to all
that will hear. We, who are
found in Mashiach, are the harvesters, planting seeds and watering with
the water He supplies.
shema (hear and receive) what G-d has for us we must submit and surrender
to His will.
But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted
as loss for the sake of Christ. More
than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value
of knowing Christ Jesus my L-rd, for whom I have suffered the loss of all
things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be
found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law,
but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes
from G-d on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His
resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His
death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Shepherd knows His sheep and His sheep know Him.
He provides for His sheep.
Shout joyfully to the L-RD, all the earth.
Serve the L-RD with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the L-RD
Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We
people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the L-RD is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all
with Him every day 24-7-365. Choose
Yeshua as Savior and you will dwell in His house for ever and ever.
Remember to give thanks to G-d for all that He has provided to you.
When he calls to you hear His voice.
'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My
voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him,
and he with Me. 'He who
overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also
overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
one who is knocking is Mashiach Yeshua. Will you dwell with G-d? Sukkot
is about dwelling with G-d and having Him dwell in you.
Choose Life - Call Upon Yeshua as Mashiach.
Call upon His Name (Qir'oo Bi'shmo).
is worthy of all honor glory and praise
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shine on you, And be gracious to you; The L-rd lift up His
countenance on you, And give you peace. [NASU Numbers
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