Read Leviticus 23:33-44
Sukkot at ARIEL is one of the most joyous festivals of the year – and is essentially a time of camping and celebrating with one another. Several families and individuals pitch their tents at ARIEL and stay for some or all 7 days. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!” – Psalm 133 (NASB)
Sukkot was, and is, a time of rejoicing – a commanded feast to YHVH. It is a time of celebrating YHVH’s great provision and protection over the children of Israel, during their trek through the wilderness. The people were commanded to build for themselves a sukka, or “tabernacle”, which is a temporary dwelling place in which they would live for 7 nights. Often times, these were makeshift lean-to’s made of tree limbs, branches, walls of lattice, and covered with shrubbery. As the week progresses, the once green shrubbery and sturdy branches become weak, dry and brittle. Building and living in these “sukkot” teaches us the practical life lesson that our earthly dwelling place (our body) is frail, weak, and temporary. We are to trust in YHVH for protection and provision, not in any man made concoction (gods). How wise and compassionate is our great Elohim!
Here at ARIEL, folks celebrate the festival of Sukkot with a week long time of feasting, fellowship and camping, similar to the way the children of Israel would have done. Some have built sukkas in a similar fashion as described in Torah, and others pitch their more contemporary tents. Some stay for a night, many stay for the entire 7 nights. Either way, it is a joyous time of food, fellowship and much fun and laughter for all throughout the week. From impromptu praise and worship, scripture reading and sharing, tzit-tzit making and games and activities for the kids, Sukkot at ARIEL is one of the most anticipated festivals of the year.
Through this season, one of the many blessings we experience is how the congregational family grows closer to one another. Some have come away from the festival saying their lives have been changed. In any case, YHVH does all things well, and when brothers and sisters come together to worship Him in spirit and in truth, the blessings will continue to flow.
There are also prophetic implications of Sukkot, in that YHVH’s Word, which is eternal, came to dwell among us in the flesh, which is temporary. As such, we at ARIEL believe that the Messiah in coming to earth and dwelling among us, is a direct fulfillment of this festival.
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