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Voice of the Lord
Devotional: 18th of Tishrei
The Word became a human being and lived with us (John 1:14).
During the days of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles), we are to dwell in the sukkah (hut) as a reminder of our camping trip in the wilderness (Leviticus 23:43). By so doing, we remember that God was faithful to provide for our people on the arduous journey to the Promised Land. The temporary quality of the sukkah teaches us that, though our earthly life is frail, all will be well because God is dwelling with us. As believers in Yeshua, we rejoice that God has sent forth his Son, the Messiah, into our midst.
It is natural that followers of Yeshua would celebrate Messiah's birth. Interestingly, people acknowledge different dates, looking at God's appointed times for clues. As Yochanan (John) was describing the first coming of the Messiah to our people, he used terminology which is simple, yet profound: "The Word became a human being and lived [literally, "tabernacled"] with us."
Could the message of Messiah's coming to tabernacle with us be connected to Sukkot? Yeshua's birth, probably in the late fall, is perfectly pictured in the Feast of Tabernacles. Sukkot seems to be the ideal time to celebrate that God, in the Messiah, was born to tabernacle among his people!
...seek to dwell in God's presence, even as he has already come to dwell in me.
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