And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14, ESV)
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. (Revelation 21:3, ESV)
Second day of Tabernacles. So much meaning filling and overflowing a simple celebration. Praise God the Father and our Messiah Jesus the Anointed for giving us such wonderful and intimate ways to connect!
Coming up on Monday – the Feast of Tabernacles. Eight days of parties and camping. We will be pitching a tent in our back yard Sunday afternoon and sleeping in it all week long. We’ll have fires in our fire pit, roast wienies (all beef of course) and marshmallows (s’more, please), singing and blowing the shofar for joy.
This feast causes us to remember what God did for Israel in bringing them out of slavery, rejoice in our freedom in Christ, and look forward to a time when He shall reign and the earth will have peace. Do we have a great God or what? Party, party party, all the time party. This is what He gives us when we stay within the loving boundaries of His wonderful, living Word.
Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths. And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them. And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain; there shall be the plague with which the LORD afflicts the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths. This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths. (Zechariah 14:16–19, ESV)
“And it shall be a statute to you forever that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict yourselves and shall do no work, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you. For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you. You shall be clean before the LORD from all your sins. (Leviticus 16:29–30, ESV)
Thanks be to God for the atoning sacrifice of His only begotten son Jesus our Messiah, who appeared in the presence of God on our behalf and will appear a second time to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him. We afflict ourselves by fasting today to remember what He did for us, what He is doing for us, and will do soon. Even so, come Lord Jesus!
The Day of Atonement is coming up on Wednesday. We will be having a day of fasting and blowing shofars. Excellent for reflection and prayer. At the end of the day we will celebrate with a nice dinner at a restaurant. A solemn day; a day reminding us of the coming wrath for the unrepentant; a day of smoke and burning.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (Lamentations 3:21–26, ESV)
When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue. (Proverbs 28:2, ESV)
Can you guess which one is the U.S.?
These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good. Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,” will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations, but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them. (Proverbs 24:23–25, ESV)
With an eye on the current president, and his habit of excusing the ill-intent of Muslims the world over.
For the LORD spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.”(Isaiah 8:11–15, ESV)
Whoever walks in uprightness fears the LORD, but he who is devious in his ways despises him. (Proverbs 14:2, ESV)