Friday, 25 September 2015

skēnoō and Sukkot 2015???

From 28 September to 6 October 2015, following Yom Kippur, the Jewish feast of Sukkot will be celebrated. 

The enemy likes to deceive followers of Jesus into believing that they have to celebrate and take part in these legalistic feasts as if they were not fulfilled.

Join us in this post to discover how Sukkot was indeed fulfilled in the finest of details and let's behold the finished work of Jesus on the cross!
Remember our previous posts on some of the Jewish feasts hereherehere, herehere and here?

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Sukkot is the feast of tabernacles during which the Jewish nation erect temporary shelters (sukkah) at their homes to stay in during the feast. It is reminiscent of the temporary structures erected by the nation of Israel during their 40 year tenure in the wilderness.  During the 8 day feast God's redemption of the nation of Israel from slavery out of Egypt is celebrated along with the 40 years they wandered in the wilderness until Joshua (meaning- God saves as in Yah'shua) lead them into the promised land - today, from the perspective of 20-20 hindsight, celebrating the shadow of things to come ... eh, of things that already came. That is why Jesus says these people look and look but do not see, - listen and listen, yet do not hear, John 7:33-39

All the law, the prophets and the other books, including the feasts are fulfilled in by Messiah Yah'shua ...
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, Luk 24:44-45
Sukkot follows Yom Kippur (day of atonement, five days earlier) which is the one day of the year that the high priest traditionally entered the holy of hollies to bring an atonement offer for the whole of the Jewish nation.

By making use of the dates of temple service of Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist, the exact date of the birth of Jesus Christ can be calculated. No coincidence then that Jesus was born during the feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) and it was for this very reason that the Gospel of John very accurately records that the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Joh 1:14 

The word translated dwelt here in the Greek is: skēnoō  meaning to: fix one’s tabernacle, have one’s tabernacle, abide (or live) in a tabernacle (or tent), tabernacle. Jesus tabernacled amongst man. And even today He indwells the tabernacles of His elect by His Spirit. Wow!

Let's see how Jesus fulfills even the finest details of this feast:

The Gospel of John (7:37-38) captures the scene:
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
It was on day 8 of the feast of Sukkot and during the priestly rituals that Jesus cried out these words.

Jesus, Yah'shua, was in Jerusalem during the Sukkot (John 7:32-39). On the last day of the feast the Jews would break free from their melancholy and reenactment of being freed from slavery in dancing and singing.

At this point Isaiah 12 is traditionally recited over and over. The actual fulfillment of this scripture is astonishing!

The chief priest (Kohen Gadol) performs a ritual which, in essence, is a prophetic action. Even today rabbis are unaware of the pure symbolic fact acted out in this ritual. 

With a golden vessel the Kohen Gadol would draw water from the pool of Siloam, just outside the walls of Jerusalem. Whilst doing so he recites Isaiah 12:3: 
"...with joy I draw water out of the wells of salvation ..." 
What he says here gives glory to Yah'shua, Jesus Christ. From Isaiah 12:3 he is in fact not pronouncing the word normally used in Hebrew for "salvation" - "yasha", but instead the full Hebrew word יְשׁוּעָה or yeshû‛âh  - the very name of Jesus (Yah'shua)!

Thus the priest had just uttered and used the full name of Jesus in the Hebrew whilst drawing the water and during the shouts and Isaiah 12 recital of the people!

The priest would now make his way, taking much care not to spill the water, towards the altar.

At the altar two things happen. The priest would simultaneously pour the water from the vessel and wine from another vessel onto the altar each from separate corners of the altar.  The water and the wine flows together at the opposite end of the altar. This is a perfect picture of Yah'shua on the cross, the Ultimate Offer! 

When Jesus uttered these words in John 7:37-38, His timing was perfect. As the priest was going through these rituals, Jesus spoke of Himself ... Life Himself spoke about Life! 

Not only does the priestly rituals show prophetically what He did on the cross, but it also points to the outpouring of His Holy Spirit! 

Go ahead ...

Draw your life from the depths of the wells of His Love, He is Salvation!

Celebrate Him Who is called Yahweh is Salvation!

Celebrate Yah'shua!

Celebrate Jesus!

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