Ron Sawka Ministries
October 12, 2022; Tishrei 17, 5783
“‘Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.’ So, he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped” (Rev. 14:15–16).
“Saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day’” (Matt. 20:12).
Seven Days of Training Ourselves to Enjoy God—The Feast of Tabernacles
Seven Blessings/Results of Celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles
We’re in the middle of the week-long Feast of Tabernacles. Even though this feast occurs in the first month of the new Hebrew year, it’s kind of a culmination. We’ve already gone through the celebration of Jesus’s salvation and deliverance for us (Passover), as well as the celebration of the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our lives (Pentecost). Now we are in the Feast of Tabernacles. What does the Lord have for us to learn as we celebrate it? Here are several points:
Seven Days of Training Ourselves to Enjoy God—“And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. … You shall dwell in booths seven days” (Lev. 23:40–41). For the Israelites, it was a reminder that God was with them and wanted to dwell with them. While we already know His presence is always with us, this seven-day period of the Feast of Tabernacles is kind of an activation. We too can make some kind of booth in a part of our house and be sure to spend some time in there daily. As I go there and drink coffee, or pray, or talk with my family, it helps me remember the Lord is there with me in my house. It helps my thoughts focus on the correct things. God wants to be part of my (and my family’s) daily life, and He wants it to be very enjoyable. This is why some call it seven days of training ourselves to enjoy God.
Ingathering—“And the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labors from the field” (Exod. 23:16). God wants us to have the mindset of prosperity and blessing. He wants us to have expectation that as we work and do what He gives us to do, that the result will be success, blessing, and increase. He wants to “ingather” our finances. He wants us to see an “ingathering” in our ministries. We should also note that specifically this year we have passed into a time of great ingathering—or harvest—of souls worldwide.
Enlarging—“I will cast out the nations before you and enlarge your borders” (Exod. 34:24). We should expect that He will increase us and enlarge us. The more we are aware of His continual and practical presence, the more our thinking will begin to enlarge. Furthermore, He will enlarge us with new connections and new opportunities.
Blesses Our Family—“That your generations my know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out” (Lev. 23:43). The Israelites’ children needed to know of the prior experiences and how the Lord was with the Israelites in difficult times. It’s the same for our children. But doing the activation of the booth is more than just an object lesson—the more I myself enjoy the Lord, the more His blessing flows to my family.
Reconnects Us to Our Source—The Feast of Tabernacles was a remembrance of how the Lord was with them every day during the forty years in the wilderness. It would also remind them how God was still with them daily—that He was their source whether or not they were in the desert. Likewise, God doesn’t want us to think of Him only when we are in trouble, but He wants us to know that He is our source of and for everything.
Blesses the Work of Our Hands—“Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the Lord … because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands so that you surely rejoice” (Deut. 16:15). What an incredible promise. God wants to bless and increase you in every way. The result will be rejoicing. Not a rejoicing in faith that the blessing will one day come, but a rejoicing because of receiving the increase.
Release of Flow of Holy Spirit in Our Life—Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts let him come to Me and drink. … Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water (John 7:37–38). The Feast of Tabernacles is about drinking of Him. We do this simply by acknowledging Him in our daily lives. Do you want more flow of the Holy Spirit? Do you want more of His power flowing through you? It’s simple—live your days with the Lord in your thoughts and mindset.
Shine Brighter and Brighter—Not only is the Feast of Tabernacles about the Lord releasing the necessary water (of the Holy Spirit), but it’s also about light. Jesus is the light of the world, but He also said, “You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14). The more we train ourselves to live our daily lives with Him, the more we will find His light shining in us. In other words, we will get the revelation we need. Also, His influence through us will greatly increase.
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy
How to Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles Practically?
Every year, I mark off a space on either our deck outside or in our living room. This parallels what the Israelites were to do—to build a booth from branches. It was a twofold reminder. First, it showed God had been with them every step of the way in the wilderness—that He had dwelt with them. And second, it served as a reminder that God wanted to continually dwell/abide as a friend in their homes (Lev. 23:39–44; Rev. 21:3).
So, go into that “booth” you have rigged up. Drink tea or coffee. Talk to the Lord. Converse with Him. Do this by yourself. Better yet, do it with your family members. Of course be flexible. But the idea is to converse with the Lord as your friend. Perhaps the habit you start will get deeper and deeper throughout the year.
Tishrei—The Seventh Hebrew Month and Beginning of the New Year 5783
Tishrei runs from September 26 to October 25. September 26 is called Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year.”
Note the three feasts/special days this month: Blowing of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. Blowing of Trumpets (or shofars)—a daylong event on Tishrei 1 (Sept. 26)—heralds the new year. The Day of Atonement on Tishrei 10 (Oct. 5) is the one day when all the people were enjoined to fast. Then, we enter the Feast of Tabernacles from Tishrei 15–21 (Oct. 10–16). This feast, which emphasizes living each day in the presence of the Lord, is greatly connected to the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. The more we walk with Him in our daily lives, the more He pours the water of the Holy Spirit over us. (See John 7:37–39; Zech. 14:16–18.)
Also note that the new year is a new beginning that the Lord has been preparing us for during the previous six months. When the Lord set His people free from Egypt, He introduced the “cycle of redemption,” and Nissan became the first month (Exod. 12:1). Every year we go through Passover then Pentecost as a kind of a preparation to help us be ready for the new year, which begins in the seventh month. Each year is a new beginning of walking with the Lord, but on a higher level than the year prior. More information on Tishrei may be found here.
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