• William T. Howe Ph.D.

February 8, 2021

Daily Reading: Leviticus 22-23

Leviticus 23:40

And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.

The Feast of Tabernacles is observed on the fifteenth day of the seventh month when crops were gathered. This year it will be held beginning September 21, 2021. This is a time of remembrance of the miraculous deliverance of the Hebrew people from Egypt. During this sacred week booths are constructed from branches and boughs and wood. Natural born Jews are to observe this annually by abiding in their "booths" for seven days. It reminds them of the hardships and difficulties of the Exodus and memorializes God's strong hand of deliverance.

For the believer in Jesus Christ this Feast foreshadows an often-overlooked truth about our lives; we are sojourners, not permanent residents of this earth. We are pilgrims living in tabernacles of flesh. As the old hymn says, "This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through, my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue, the angels beckon me from Heaven's open door, and I can't feel at home in this world anymore."

The Apostle Paul stated it like this in 2 Corinthians 5:1: For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. The Apostle Peter said it like this in 1 Peter 1:17: And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

Yes, at our finest, today we simply live in tabernacles, rejoicing in the fact that God through Christ has delivered us from the scourge and stain of sin. For seven days, the Israelites are to dwell in booths while rejoicing in the Lord on an annual basis. Every day, believers in Jesus Christ dwell in booths and are to rejoice in the Lord throughout all the years of our temporary life on this earth.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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