Shabbat Shalom!

 

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This is the Sukkah constructed by the National Park Service at the Qumran site.

Here is a special commentary from Baruch on this week’s Torah portion, which is special.

Parashat Chol HaMoed Succot (Feast of Tabernacles)

Torah Reading: Exodus 33:12-34:26        Maftir: Numbers 29:20-22                                Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18-39:16

This Shabbat is the Shabbat during the Feast of Tabernacles (Succot). This holiday period has great significance in regard to the Kingdom. Jewish tradition associates the entrance into a succah (booth) like the entrance into the Kingdom of G-d. Most of you who hear this would take great exception to such a statement. Nearly anyone can walk into a succah, while only those who are believers in the Gospel of Messiah Yeshua will enter into the Kingdom. This represents a big difference. You are right. The point is that not just anyone who walks into a succah will be in the Kingdom; rather the message is that one should enter into a succah recognizing his or her absolute dependence on G-d’s grace. The succah was a temporary structure and represented one’s life in this world. In the same way that the succah was really insufficient for the forty years in the wilderness, but in the same way that one’s clothes and shoes did not wear out, so too did HaShem cause the succah to last until it was time to enter into the Land of Promise. This was a result of the grace of G-d and only afforded to those who trusted and recognized their dependence upon G-d.

It is very appropriate for followers of Messiah Yeshua to build a succah for the Feast of Tabernacles. Please note that it is impossible today to make the required sacrifices that the Torah demanded for the Feast of Tabernacles without a Temple and a functioning Priesthood. For the sake of this article, let us set aside the question of whether one should make such offerings even if there were today a Temple and a functioning Priesthood. Also, one should be aware that the only place that one could observe this Festival was in Jerusalem. My message to you is that despite all the impossibilities of observing the Festival as the Scripture instructed, one can have a great spiritual experience building a succah52 and studying the Biblical truth surrounding this Festival and applying this truth to one’s life. Being unaware of the Scriptural truth concerning this Festival or any of the Biblical Festivals makes it more difficult to understand the Biblical Yeshua. For example, understanding the Feast of Tabernacles provides the reader with greater insight into John chapters 6-7.

Marking the Feast of Succot and exploring its message can assist one in being prepared for life in the Kingdom. Recently I spoke to a Christian leader who called such Festivals unfitting for New Covenant believers and tied to legalism. This conversation took place as he was discussing with his staff his church’s observance for October 31st. I asked him why they were having a special event on that date. He responded because of Halloween. We want to give our children an alternative. I came to find that this alternative was dressing in “appropriate” costumes and eating candy and a party with Christian music. I remarked, why not teach your children and adults about a Biblical Festival that Yeshua observed and how the New Covenant relates it to a particular time in Yeshua’s life? Why not teach them about an observance that all those in the Millennial Kingdom will observe with Yeshua (See Zechariah chapter 14)? His response was again that I am legalistic and tied to the old and they have the freedom to do as they please.

Sometimes speaking to brothers and sisters in the L-rd can be frustrating.

9 thoughts on “Shabbat Shalom!”

  1. I am not at all surprised to see how many Christian leaders still pander to the world and manage to rationalize the things they do, which are not actually providing a genuine alternative to the world’s pagan celebrations but dressing up what’s already offensive to the Lord in garments and intentions that are sadly, anything but Biblical in nature and spirit and thereby, trying to convince themselves that they are in step with God’s will.
    It is for this reason I refuse to participate in “Christmas” and “Easter” – because of the “manner and spirit” in which they are really being celebrated in churches – once again, more intent on pleasing the world and the sheep who blindly follow them and having no interest in pleasing the Lord God. I don’t think this is what Jesus meant when he said to Peter, “Feed my sheep…”

    1. Thank you Baruch and Rivkah for this lesson and all the lessons you’ve put together in the past for this festival. I have been truly blessed and filled with joy this week as I’ve studied them. You’re so right……. It is frustrating to see the tolerance in the world today and more so in our churches. SO MANY people want thier ears tickled and want to listen to these “prosperity messages” being taught. I just want to say “thank you” for all you both do. I know you bless many people and so I pray Adonai empowers and emboldens you in your mission, watches over you as you run the race, and may we never cease standing on truth and planting those seeds of truth in others lives. With much love in our Messiah Yeshua!

  2. Dear Rabbi: I am a believer in the New Covenant of Grace (Jesus). Thank you so very much for your teaching. I watch you regularly on TV and share the wonderful disclosures with my family and friends. May the Lord continue to bless your ministry. Stay strong in the Word and keep up the wonderful Gospel news you share with so many. Gary Walker

  3. I agree with the above comments and thank you so very much for your teachings! You are surely a blessing from Elohim!

  4. I know it’s frustrating speaking to brothers and sisters in the L_rd sometimes, but I pray that you will be encouraged to keep on. You are blessed with a way of explaining that has blessed me so much. I thank the L_rd often for both of you.

  5. Blessings to you, your wife and family. Thank you for sharing with all of us the nice pictures and your Biblical teachings during this Sukkot season. It is sad that some Christians leaders are misleading many, by trying to please people who are so confused, and haven’t committed yet completely to the Lord. The Biblical Feasts of the Lord are beautiful, and “Blessed be the Name of the Lord” for Jewish Messianic Teachers like you that Love Him and Love His people, being obedient to our Blessed Lord God and King Messiah Yeshua’s instruction/mandate to “feed and tend His Lambs and sheep” keep up, Chag Sameach!

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