Biblical Feasts: Tabernacles (Sukkot)

The Feast of Tabernacles — The Holidays of God

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“..During the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, the Jewish people were to gather together in Jerusalem not only to remember God’s provision in the Wilderness but also to look forward to that promised Messianic age when all nations will flow to this city to worship the Lord…

A Feast for all People

Tabernacles is unique in that the Gentile nations were invited to come up to Jerusalem along with the Jewish people to worship the Lord at this “appointed time”. The Lord told Moses to father all men, women and children, along with the foreigners in their land, so they can learn to fear the Lord (Deut. 31:12).

When Solomon later dedicated the Temple at Sukkot, he asked the Lord to hear the prayers of any foreigners that would come there to pray (2 Chronicles 6:32-33). It may surprise some, but Jesus kept the Feast of Tabernacles as well. On the last “great day of the feast”, he stood in the Temple and cried out: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38)..”

What is the Feast of Tabernacles / Booths / Sukkot? gotquestions.org
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Answer: The Feast of Tabernacles, also known as the Feast of Booths and Sukkot, is the seventh and last feast that the Lord commanded Israel to observe and one of the three feasts that Jews were to observe each year by going to “appear before the Lord your God in the place which He shall choose” (Deuteronomy 16:16)….

…. The importance of the Feast of Tabernacles can be seen in how many places it is mentioned in Scripture. In the Bible we see many important events that took place at the time of the Feast of Tabernacles. For one thing, it was at this time that Solomon’s Temple was dedicated to the Lord (1 Kings 8:2).

It was also at the Feast of Tabernacles that the Israelites, who had returned to rebuild the temple, gathered together to hear Ezra proclaim the Word of God to them (Nehemiah 8). Ezra’s preaching resulted in a great revival as the Israelites confessed their sins and repented of them. It was also during this Feast that Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37–39).

The Feast of Tabernacles takes place on the 15th of the Hebrew month Tishri. This was the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar and usually occurs in late September to mid-October. The feast begins five days after the Day of Atonement and at the time the fall harvest had just been completed. It was a time of joyous celebration as the Israelites celebrated God’s continued provision for them in the current harvest and remembered His provision and protection during the 40 years in the wilderness…”

What does this mean to you?

7 of 7 feasts…
Biblical Feast Dates .aroodawakening.tv
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o Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) – (first day – High Sabbath) sundown October 5 to sundown October 6, 2017..”

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Reflection: Thankful for God’s protection while driving

I decided to take some time to reflect on some past “close” car accidents after a recent one this past weekend. I just thought of others as I reflected on writing about this. I just want to encourage you to always pray for God’s protection (e.g. “armor of God“) daily-not just driving, but every time you start your day…

This past Monday (February 15th 2016) after visiting a friend in Wadena, I was driving back home and almost got hit while going down main street in a town called Parkers Prairie. I can still remember a vivid scene of this almost close accident. I was driving through town and this guy in a pick-up truck just ran through a stop sign and somehow didn’t see me. I could even see his face as he just stopped almost hitting me head-on (driver’s side-me). I swerved to my right to avoid him hitting me, but thankful that he stopped. Fortunately, the weather was very nice and road conditions weren’t icy.


“Pic was taken on my way to Wadnea”

After reflecting on this, I started to remember a near head-on-collision close to my hometown of St. Paul sometime in the summer of 2015 with my mom in the car. I was going north on Ruth St. over I-94 when a car was in my lane going head-on. Thank God, that particular drive swerved back to his own lane.

Deer Encounters:

I have had two encounters with hitting a deer , but never had any damages:

My first deer encounter was when I was coming back to Morris after visiting a friend in Wheaton, Minnesota many years go (2006?). I was driving 55mph (speed limit) at night and just clipped deer as I lightly touched my brakes as I saw it “last minute” jumping out of the ditch.

My second deer encounter was coming back to Morris on 59 (state highway) last year with almost similar “touch and go”.

Car Stalled

I had a loose battery in my car and finally got it fixed after getting stalled in the middle of I-94 (going back to Morris from St. Paul) in a hot summer of August of 2015. Fortunately, I was able to start my car after a quick adjustment of the positive wire. Luckily, it started right away during a 10mph bumper to bumper 2 lane only slow traffic. It was kind of embarrassing, but would laugh and grateful to God getting me of this situation safely.

Car Accident(s)

I’ve had to at least share one (“only”) car accidents…so far (God willingly..no more). My freshmen year in college, I was driving back to Morris during a winter storm with some friends. This was a time that we didn’t have any social networks of alerting us “no” school. I was driving back to UMM with some college friends. Interstate I-94 was pretty slipper and this semi truck was nearing my bumper going fast. Being a “rookie” driver (1st year driving), I was scared, so I pushed the accelerator to avoid this near semi-truck getting close and suddenly the car ahead of me pushed their brakes. To avoid a head on-collision of this vehicle’s bumper. I swerved to the right immediately avoiding this car’s back. However, I didn’t want to go to the ditch, so I swerved to the left back to traffic. Unfortunately, I hit this car’s side door and caused a dent (my car insurance went up after this 😦 ). I was thankful that the accident didn’t get as worse that it could’ve been (e.g. no one got hurt-“things can be replaced, but lives can’t”). After this accident, I’ve learned to not get stressed out when a big semi-truck driver is behind me or I just try to avoid getting close to them if possible. Sometimes, you can’t avoid certain situations, so I usually just trust in God with prayer as I listen to praise music on the radio during “challenging driving circumstances”.

-Fatal (Others) 😦

What Would You Say If Your Wife Was Ripped Away?
Article by Marshall Segal Topic: Death & Dying February 19, 2016 desiringgod.org

“..Nine short months later, now an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Monty Williams found out last week that his 44-year-old wife had been killed in a head-on car accident. The other driver was driving 92 mph (in a 40-miles-per-hour zone) when she crossed the center line and careened head-on into Ingrid Williams’s SUV. Three of their children were in the car with her; each survived with serious injuries…”

Any others that your willing to share?

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Disney Character: Jafar-“Why M-E?”

I’ve been practicing the last month or so the lines of Jafar from “Aladdin” (theatrical play performance), which our performance (see “My first theatrical experience (Aladdin the Musical at the Park)”) will be this coming weekend (Friday & Saturday evenings) at a local park. It’s been a challenging character as I’ve had to act “selfishly”, which is something I’ve been trying to do the “opposite” since I became a Christian in my early college years. However, it’s been a fun role as I can relate to this character in various ways when I was younger.

We all can relate somehow to Jafar. Here is some lines that I thought of myself during my “junior high/middle school” years..

“…I was unappreciated by my peers. As their slings and arrows flew. I would ponder. Why me? Why Me?…broadwayjr.com

“Why Me?” Cut Song from Aladdin

Instead of “slings and arrows”, they were “spitballs and spit (a.k.a. “gleaking”) from my peers/bullies. Anyone ever been bullied?

Another song I made relating to this theme…

“It’s About Me” (Parody to “It’s All About You”) by Jafar


(see Music: Parody-“Creepy Old Cave” (originally from “I Can Show You the World” from Aladdin) by Jafar)

Instead of “pondering/dwelling” on how bad you might’ve got it growing up in your “earlier” years. I encourage you to think about others that might’ve got it “worse/more challenging”. This has helped me overcome my frustration of my “past”, which I feel has been a “cake walk” when I compare it with others that have had more difficulties…

Nick Vujicic on how life without limbs is no obstacle – Songs of Praise – BBC One

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I currently work with physically-mentally challenged adults and have been since I graduated from college. This job experience has really changed me to be a “better” person and it has taught me to take my eyes off of “myself” (e.g. own problems). Before I go to bed, I write down a list of “needs” I’ve read/watch/heard as a prayer request and then I jot down a list of what “I’m thankful” for. This nightly routine has also helped me to take my eyes of myself/me too!

What are your needs? Can I pray for you? What are you thankful for? Feel free to share down below to encourage others..

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*I would like to thank J.A. (see her Choose Joy blog) for inspiring me to finish this blog with this theme!

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’”Matthew 25

Can you identify yourself with Jafar or any other Aladdin characters? What about any others from different theatrical performances?

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How the songs for Sunday’s worship service lived out for me during the week

It’s been about a year now since joining my local church worship team as I’ve previously loved singing to the Lord. My passion singing praise music to Him as grown over the years as I’ve grown in my personal relationship with the Heavenly Father. There has been ups and downs as this is part of life. However, my longing to please my “Heavenly Dad” keeps me going through the good and bad. It’s been a year now and I feel like it’s important to share what my experience has been like so far. There is so much to share, so I’ll just condensed to my reflection on just a week’s worth on how preparing for the songs this past Sunday (March 15th 2015) touched me last week.

When we sign-up for the local church worship team, we commit to at least a Sunday service to be part of an assigned team. It’s not just that Sunday we need to take our schedule off to be available, but we need to also take time on a Thursday (half our to hour and a half depending the amount of time needed for preparation) and an hour or so prior to that Sunday service. Well, last week, the worship team leader (Seth B.) emailed all of us on the list of songs we need to practice prior to Thursday’s “group” practice. The song that really touched me during the week was…

…the reason was because I was going through a particularchallenge” during the week. It was a “challenge” I was starting to get overwhelmed as it’s been almost over a decade in the making. Well, on Thursday afternoon prior to evening practice, I was listening to this song and God was really speaking to me on one of the lines…

“…light that is coming
for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You
Still I will praise You
-from worshiptogether.com

….He was speaking to me about “not giving-up” (e.g. see Book of Job) in this particular challenge (or any others) and to keep persevering (e.g. 1 Thessalonians 5:17) in faith and to NOT let any circumstance that will stop me from “praising” Him. I then started to sing this particular song louder with joy and was “pumped-up” prior to practice. After a good practice, I went home and there came a “breakthrough

…” as I got an email that was an answer to prayer, which was just another step to a “brighter” light (not the end, but a step closer ) :)…Praise the Lo-d!!!!

I was touched more with the other songs Sunday morning during the practice session “before” service as I would write down in my notes …

“Grace Like Rain

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see so clearly
christianitylyricsonline.com

“I Lift my Hands”

“Let faith arise
I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart, these things I remember
You are faithful, God, forever

Be still, there is a river”Klove.com (great “faith-building” online radio station)

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“All is Well

“He lowers us to raise us
So we can sing His praises
Whatever is His way all is well

He makes us rich and poor
That we might trust Him more
Whatever is His way all is well

O Taste and See

“O Taste and see that the Lord is good(2x)
O Taste and see that the Lord is good to me
You have turned my mourning into dancing
Put off my rags and clothed me with gladness
And I will arise and I will praise you
I’ll sing and not be silent
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How has God been good to you? What are you thankful to God for today, yesterday, last year, etc..? Share your answered prayers or blessings and NOT be silent to encourage others! Ever night, I reflect on these questions and write them down, so by the end of the month-I try to summarize them in a monthly blog. This helps me to over weigh the challenges I go through and remember the “blessings” instead, which gives me a more peaceful rest at night.

What songs touches you? Which lines/lyrics sticks out the most?

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Road Rage Behind the Wheel Reflection

I go to the “big” Cities almost once a month to visit my family in St. Paul (Twin Cities-3 million population) . I “try” to avoid going there during rush hour because I just disliking waiting during rush hour. However, it’s sometimes hard to avoid due to construction at times between my departure and arrival destination.  I usually pray and put the Armor of God almost every morning when I get up, but I try to remember to do an extra prayer for God’s protection prior to long distance driving. What has helped me over the years since becoming a Christian (back in 1996-see story) is my love for Christian music-particularly praise and worship. I love playing this type of music when I drive, which has made me more calm and relax during the intense driving situation (e.g. particularly stormy weather).

I’ve seen countless “road rage” driving going to the Cities and through the Cities. Some that I can think from the top of my head is during rush hour going to the Twin Cities, I saw this car drive on the “emergency side” of I-94. I’m guessing it was for an emergency, but whatever the reason was-it was a crazy scene!


Another “crazy driving” was actually while driving back to Morris from the Twin Cities. I was driving west bound on I-94. There was this car with “youthful” adults that would drive the “speed lane” (left side) and then slow down intentionally along a car to the right, so no other cars could pass. They would do this repeatedly until I exited from the highway going to Morris. I almost got “rage” and wanted to drive by them and show what I thought of them. However, I was reminded of dangerous deathly stories of people that try to “fight” these “crazy drivers” and take it in their own hands, so I didn’t want to take that chance. Instead, I’ve learned to “pray for my enemies” (e.g. Matthew 5). What would you do in this situation?

There are many other countless stories, which I’ll probably add more as it comes to my mind. The reason for writing this during this particular time is because of my most recent (January 23rd-25th 2015) trip to St. Paul. I was going to pick-up pizza from the Dominoes in Sun Ray Shopping Center after ordering online (I love this feature as it allows anyone to choose their toppings and how much of it in the pizza!) at my parents’ house. While I was driving on Ruth St. pass the bridge over I-94. There was traffic and the car ahead of me just took 2 lanes, so I wasn’t able to get to the right turn lane going east on Hudson Boulevard. Well, the car behind me honk and that got me frustrated. I opened my driver side window and put my hands up showing them I couldn’t get through. Well, the driver in front of me thankfully saw this and pulled forward enough for me to get to the right lane. Well, I continue to my destination (Dominoes) and was still “boiled-up” in my blood as I was very frustrated with this guy behind me as he was going fast and was close to my bumper. The “devil” on my right shoulder told me to hit the brakes and let the guy ram into me. The “angel” on my left shoulder told me to just ignore him and keep going.

Thankfully, he ended up pulling to the left turn lane to go to one side of Sun Ray shopping center parking lot. I continued and went to the next entry (close to the main Sun Ray sign). Well, as I was pulling towards Dominoes, the guy that was behind me was pulling to the business (Boston Market) adjacent to it. I was walking fast to Dominoes to see if he would cross paths with me. He ended up hurrying to Boston Market and I then went to Dominoes with no incident. I saw this as God’s intervention to “hold back” me from saying something to him that probably would’ve got myself in trouble..lol!

The story isn’t finished yet! After I picked-up the 2 medium delicious pizzas from Dominoes, I was driving back to my parent’s house across the interstate. I was on the left turn lane on Hudson Boulevard about to turn left on Ruth Street heading north. Well, 3 cars ahead of me was going slow and the car behind it didn’t have the patience. As that slow car veered to the right to enter westbound on I-94, the impatience driver behind them stuck his left hand out and gave the middle finger! This last incident within a short time span inspired me to write this!

Got any similar stories? How do you deal with impatient drivers? Ever been a perpetrator/victim of road rage?

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Is it really the “Most Wonderful Time Of The Year “?

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
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Is it really the “Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”? I recently “really” doubted this earlier this month while volunteering to do a shift with a couple of my co-workers for the Salvation Army at a local (Morris, Minnesota) store. I grew up passing those bell ringers all the time before my family went shopping each holiday season. I finally volunteered doing this for the first time last year at a local grocery store. My co-worker and I enjoyed it so much that we decided to do it again this holiday (2011) season. It’s an interesting perspective when ringing the bell watching (staying “still” during the “busy” holiday season is a lot different than “participating” in going with the “busy” and “hustle” of the crowds of people in this increasingly “commercialized” holiday!) shoppers pass by. This year my co-worker and I noticed how “sad” people were this year compared to last year. Is it because of the so-called “tougher” economic times (despite better reports this year than last year when it came to shopping??)? Is it because certain individuals going through some personal challenges (e.g. financial challenges, flood victims in the Philippines, those without love ones due to health, past away, or unfortunate circumstances, etc..)?…

George Bailey’s prayer
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Is it because of the “pagan” origins of Christmas (as we are uncertain the date of Jesus’ actually day of birth, but that doesn’t matter)?…

When my parents immigrated here to the US in the early 70’s, we didn’t have much. We had a small two bedroom apartment in Oakdale, Minnesota. We had one bed that most of us slept together while my younger brother slept in a crib in the other bedroom. As we got older, we got “better” financially and moved to a townhouse in St. Paul. We couldn’t afford a Christmas tree, so I remember finding a big branch of a tree and we took it home to make a “makeshift” (we stuck it in a bucket of toys to stand it easier) Christmas tree. Then as we got older as kids my parents were able to afford to buy “better” gifts. I would look forward to opening Christmas gifts, but would then go “downhill” if I didn’t get the presents “I wanted” (see selfish). Is it because?…

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Have we lost focus of the “true” meaning of CHRISTmas?…

The Christmas Story – as told by the cutest kids! – Cute Video
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Jesus, “He’s” the “real” reason for the season. Find out how He is and this will help all of us find that joy (e.g. “count your blessings” -not just Thanksgiving!-before you go to bed, which I do during my nightly time of meditation) throughout “every” season!

Ever felt you were a dissappointment?

“Son, I’m very disappointed with you!” Ever heard this before or something similar? ..from your parents, authoritative adults figure, etc… A father has a right to be disappointed with you if you did something wrong (e.g. getting spanked for disrespecting my dad in front of my friends as I kid) in his eyes, but does that mean he still loves you? Most “good” fathers will say-“yes, of course”, but there are some or many out there that doesn’t communicate that love. For example, I’ve had friends that were “physically” abused. When I hear stories like this, I get more grateful of my “imperfect” loving father. My father really didn’t tell me he loved me, but he “manly” showed it by his actions (e.g. made me breakfast in the morning before going to school, give me fatherly advice on life, etc..).

What about you? How did your father show his “manly” love to you? What was or has been your favorite father-son time?

They may not be really mad as you think, but they just don’t show that kind of love your looking for. Thus, one might “hide in the cave” thinking their father is still mad at them. Some might stay disappointed with you for the wrong reason, which is where you need to know where your Heavenly Father stands. How would you know where your Heavenly Father think about you? Well, I recommend seeking His answer through His Word. It’s hard to please your father or just anybody because no one is perfect. We all have high expectations from each other. For example, when I graduated from college, my mother shared my father’s disappointment where I was going with my college education. Fortunately, I paid my own way through college, so my father didn’t get too mad. I just shook my head without no sadness and just lifted my head up knowing that my Heavenly Father isn’t. Why, it’s because I remember His Word..

10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. …15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me…-Galatians 1

You see when I became a Christian my first year in college, I became a follower of Christ and not “man”. My mom was “disappointed” when I got water baptized my 3rd year in college because of our “religious” Catholic up-bringing. It’s over 10+ years later that my parents are no longer “disappointed” with my choices I made during college. They learned to accept it as I’m still their son in their flesh. They have seen how I’ve grown “positively” too as I credit my Christian walk. I”m not saying, I do everything “good”, but I’m doing a lot “better” then I was before I became a Christian (see on-going testimony).

However, it wasn’t like this growing-up. When I didn’t know the Lord (I did know “of” Him, but didn’t have that personal Heavenly Father to Son relationship). When a “close one” (older adult) was very critical of things (e.g. my way of dressing ) I did growing-up, I would grow to have a lower self-esteem. However, this “criticism” actually made me “work harder” in things I did. As similar to my dad, this particular “older adult” showed love in a different (e.g. “treated” me out many times) way. I was very quiet and shy most of my years growing-up. I think it was mostly because of my “negative” experience at home, school, workplace, etc.. Each has some long stories, which I can do another blog post for another time. Overall, I didn’t get much affirmation or positive remarks on what I did. I probably got more encouragement from my workplace and playing sports (I had my share of “negativity” too) then at home. My family was great, but it’s a different culture than America. Thus, my expectations through my comparing or envying others made it difficult. We are all blessed in different ways. That is why I’ve learned to list things I’m thankful each night before going to bed. It helps me not focus on my challenges of disappointments in any given day in life as I give it up in prayer. How have you dealt or deal with the “negativity” spoken or acted upon you? Just ignore it (see Chihuahua Puppy Barking Like a Wolf )

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