And the Word became flesh . . .
Most people think of the above reference from John 1: 14
And the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of an only begotten of a father, full of grace and truth.
in relation to Yeshua’s birth. What most people don’t realize is that Yeshua (Jesus) wasn’t born on December 25 or they know it and choose to celebrate His birth at that time anyhow. Scientists have been able to determine the time of His birth as being closer to the Feast of Sukkot which is generally celebrated in September or October.
Sukkot means ‘shelter’ and is one of the three week-long Feasts of the Yahweh (God). The first Feast of Sukkot was instituted by the Father along with the sacrificial system and other holy days. It follows Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur. At this time the Israelites were to build temporary dwelling places, or sukkahs, to live in for the week. This would help them remember the time they spent dwelling in tents after their exodus from Egypt. It would also remind them that this world is not our home and we’re much like the Israelites looking forward to the Promised Land.
We’ve never really celebrated Sukkot but we’re going to make an effort to do so this year. Since we don’t live in Israel we won’t be able to make our sukkah out of the traditional materials so we’ll be using our EZ-Up tent as a frame. We will be putting a roof with branches so we can see the stars through it as commanded. We will eat as many meals out there as possible. We’ll also spend some time out there studying the Word. I look forward to it.
So, does Yeshua have a place to tabernacle or dwell within your heart?