Mishlei (Proverbs) 24; 16 For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, but the wicked stumble in time of calamity.
Shlomo doesn’t say “if”, it is a reality that even the most righteous aren’t without sin. Yom Kippur searches the depths of the person. Not only evaluating the evident and willful sins, as well as the offenses that are harder to acknowledge, but probing the hidden inner reaches that no one else can see- the heart and mind. Sins committed in thought and the will of the heart.
Mark 4; 22 For everything hidden is meant to be revealed, and everything concealed is meant to be brought to light.
Ecclesiastes 12;13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden,whether it is good or evil.
Sefer Tehillim (Psalms) Perek עח Pasukim לה – לט When He killed them, then they sought Him, and returned and searched diligently for God; and they remembered that God was their rock, and the Most High God their Redeemer. But they deceived Him with their mouth and lied to Him with their tongue. For their heart was not steadfast toward Him, nor were they faithful in His covenant. But He, being compassionate, forgave יְכַפֵּ֥ר their iniquity and did not destroy them; and often He restrained His anger and did not arouse all His wrath. Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and does not return.
For on that day shall the Kohen make an atonement יְכַפֵּ֥ר for you, to cleanse לְטַהֵ֣ר you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before Hashem.
כִּי בַיּוֹם הַזֶּה יְכַפֵּר עֲלֵיכֶם לְטַהֵר אֶתְכֶם מִכֹּל חַטֹּאתֵיכֶם לִפְנֵי יְהוָה תִּטְהָרוּ
kee va-YOM ha-ZEH y’-kha-PAYR a-lay-KHEM l’-ta-HAYR et-KHEM mi-KOL kha-to-tay-KHEM lif-NAY a-do-NAI tit-HA-ru
#3722 (v) Kapar – כָּפַר – to cover, to pardon, to obtain forgiveness, to make expiation for an offender, to free him from charge, to be covered, obliterated, to be freed from charge, to recieve pardon.
[ The context of Ezekiel is the physical Millennial Temple in Jerusalem 45; 16 “All the people of the land shall give to this offering for the prince in Israel. 17 It shall be the prince’s part the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the drink offerings, at the feasts, on the new moons and on the sabbaths, at all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel; he shall provide the sin offering, the grain offering, the burnt offering and the peace offerings, to make atonement לְכַפֵּ֖ר for the house of Israel.” ]
#2891 (v) Taher – טָהֵר – to be, or to become clean, pure, to purify to cleanse, to declare pure, to become cleansed, to cleanse oneself.
Vayikra 16; 15 “Then he shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people, and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. 16 He shall make atonement for the holy place, because of the impurities of the sons of Israel and because of their transgressions in regard to all their sins; and thus he shall do for the tent of meeting which abides with them in the midst of their impurities…. 34 Now you shall have this as a permanent statute, to make atonement for the sons of Israel for all their sins once every year.” And just as the Lord had commanded Moses, so he did.
These are the two goals of Yom Kippur- atonement and cleansing. He Who knows the hidden thoughts can testify to the penitent’s complete sincerity, that his repentance is worthy of Kaparah, this is God’s decision not to punish us. Kaparah falls ‘short’ of taharah because the person himself has not changed- yet. His intellectual awareness may be strong enough to prevent him from committing a sin but there still remains the impurities built up over a lifetime (exposure to common culture, assimilation into society, daily encounters with cynical media, less than scrupulous customers, clients, associates, etc). So even after we have repented and received atonement we are tempted by the old sin. Let us not be depressed over our inadequacy or hopeless at the remote possibility we can reach the zenith of human achievement. By it’s very nature purity is a goal virtually beyond reach : ” You are not required to complete the task, yet you are not free to withdraw from it.” Rabbi Tarfon Purity is the pursuit of purpose for which God created us. Man is called upon to endow his entire life with the attitude that every deed, morsel, and thought must be directed toward achieving that purpose. To be a wellspring of this purity is the purpose of Yom Kippur, the imbibing of holiness on this day provides the spiritual conditions that make it possible. The confessional on Yom Kippur is meant to call to mind the confession of the Kohen Gadol on that day, when ALL the sins of the ENTIRE people were accounted, confessed and atoned for.
Sefer Vayikra Perek יו Pasukim כ – כב “When he finishes atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall offer the live goat. Then Aaron shall lay both of his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the sons of Israel and all their transgressions in regard to all their sins; and he shall lay them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who stands in readiness.The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a solitary land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.
וִדּוּי Viduy- Admission of sin, first…then confession.
If you have recognized that you have sinned, then step into the presence of God and say: “Oh God, I have erred and sinned, I have been disobedient before you, I am ashamed of what I have done and will not do it again…” Feel in yourself every sin you have committed, however small, even in the mind and heart, [this] immediately brings with it a curse, namely, that it makes you less capable of doing good, and further inclined to sin; and when you have recognized this, then you can lay the future of your inner and outer life in the just and forgiving hand of God.-R’Hirsch
As an intelligent, thinking, imaginative being, man has all sorts of thoughts flashing constantly through his mind. Even sublime thoughts of remorse and self-improvement are not strange to him, but they do not last. For his thoughts to have lasting meaning, he must distill them into words, because the process of thought culminates when ideas are expressed and clarified. That is not as easy as it sounds. It is usually excruciatingly difficult for people to admit explicitly that they have done wrong. We excuse ourselves. We refuse to admit the truth. We shift blame. We deny the obvious. We excel at rationalizing. But the person who pauses, thinks, wrenches from himself the unpleasant truth, “I have sinned,” has performed a great, meaningful act.
Psalm 32:2-5 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
#3045 (v) yada- יָדַע – to perceive, to acquire knowledge, to know, to see, observe with the eyes, to be aware of, to understand, to get to know, to discover, to know by experience, to foresee, to expect, to turn the mind to something, to care for, to see about, to teach, to acquaint, to make oneself known, to reveal oneself [ in several contexts the useage was to PRAISE .]
While confession seems to be on one hand a difficult experience and perhaps a weighty undertaking- it is interesting to consider that it is in fact also an act of worship. The contexts for yada were oft translated as PRAISE. Acknowledgment, confession and praise. Indeed, the Haftarah for Yom Kippur relates the commandment of “afflicting one’s soul” on Yom Kippur, to fasting and the fasting which Hashem desires is one being willing to be broken before Him. “A broken heart is an open heart, and I’m not afraid to feel.”
אֲנַחנוּ נִקְרָא Sefer Yeshayahu (Isaiah) Perek נז Pasuk יד through Perek נח Pasuk יד
“Cry loudly, do not hold back; raise your voice like a trumpet, and declare to My people their transgression and to the house of Jacob their sins. “Yet they seek Me day by day and delight to know My ways, as a nation that has done righteousness and has not forsaken the ordinance of their God. They ask Me just decisions, they delight in the nearness of God. ‘Why have we fasted and You do not see? Have we humbled ourselves and You do not notice?’ Behold, on the day of your fast you find desire, and drive hard all your workers. “Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist. You do not fast today to make your voice heard on high. “Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself? Is it for bowing one’s head like a reed and for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as a bed? Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable day to the Lord? “Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke?
Tehillim (Psalms) 34; 19- 22 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones, not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.
Devarim Perek לא Pasuk כא And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know יָדַעְתִּי their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware.
I find it awesome that this Shabbat we will be reading Parasha Ha’azinu- the song of Moshe- which is indeed a witness, testimony and confessional (if you will) as to the sins of the nation and their justice. The holiness in Yom Kippur and the power of this ongoing striving for purity is extended into this Shabbat as we near the end of the Torah and Feast cycle. This is the last day of Moshe’s life and his final task is to teach the Children of Israel this song. He is commanded to teach it to them and put it in their mouths they in turn are commanded to teach it to their children and place it into their mouths. Moshe complete’s the Torah and places it as a witness against the Children of Israel.
Devarim 31; 9 So Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to all the elders of Israel. 10 Then Moses commanded them, saying, “At the end of every seven years, at the time of the year of remission of debts, at the Feast of Booths, 11 when all Israel comes to appear before the Lord your God at the place which He will choose, you shall read this law in front of all Israel in their hearing. 12 Assemble the people, the men and the women and children and the alien who is in your town, so that they may hear and learn and fear the Lord your God, and be careful to observe all the words of this Torah. 13 Their children, who have not known, will hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as you live on the land which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess.”….24 It came about, when Moses finished writing the words of this law in a book until they were complete, 25 that Moses commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying, 26 “Take this book of the Torah and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may remain there as a witness against you.
Devarim Perek לב Pasukim מד – מז Then Moses came and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he, with Joshua the son of Nun. When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, he said to them, “Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this Torah. For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life.
What is the stumbling block, obstacle, or hindrance in your (spiritual) life? The experience of these High holidays (Yamim Noraim) has been first and alarm- wake up call- the Shofar blast which remind us of His revelation and testimony, Matan Torah and points us to the Return of the King at the Last Shofar when the dead are raised and Kol (ALL) the world is judged. Yom Kippur took us inside, inside the most holy place, the place that was so sacred it meant death for those who took it lightly. Inside our hearts inside our hidden thoughts and with confession a new value for the atonement we have been granted. It is our High Priest who covers us with His precious atoning blood offering. While Aaron in the Tabernacle would display the blood upon the Ark which housed the Testimony. The Torah. Yeshua, the Word and Wisdom of the Creator, Who came and Tabernacled among us. They are both stumbled over, they are both accessible, they are both light and life, they are Echad (one). To me it is outstanding and wondrous that a King so lofty is so intimately involved in our lives and also the cleanup of the messes we have made for ourselves. This is what Yom Kippur in part is about, the cleaning and preparing of the Bride- that she can come prepared to the Canopy, the Chuppah, the Sukkah at the coming Feast which is a picture of the highest joy. The Kingdom, the Wedding Supper, the Celebration and eternal Shabbat!
#3782 (v) Kashal – כָּשַׁל – to totter in the ankles, shaking in the knees, to stumble, to totter, to sink down, to be made wretched, to cause to fail.
#4383 (Masc. N) Mikshol – מִכְשׁוֹל – that against which anyone stumbles, a stumbling block, incitements to go astray, offense of mind.
Yeshuayahu 57; 14 And it will be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstacle מִכְשֹׁול out of the way of My people.”
15 For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Psalm 119;165 Great peace have they which love thy Torah : and nothing shall offend מִכְשֹֽׁול them.
Isaiah 8; “It is the Lord of hosts whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, and He shall be your dread. 14 “Then He shall become a sanctuary; but to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble מִכְשֹׁול over, and a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 “Many will stumble וְכָשְׁלוּ over them, then they will fall and be broken; they will even be snared and caught.” 16 Bind up the testimony, seal the Torah among my disciples.
Daniel 12; 8 As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, “My lord, what the outcome of these ?” 9 He said, “Go, Daniel, for words are concealed and sealed up until the end time. 10 Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.
Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, and give attention that you may gain ( yada לָדַעַת ) understanding, 2 For I give you sound teaching; do not abandon my instruction. 3 When I was a son to my father, tender and the only son in the sight of my mother, 4 Then he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live; 5 Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! …I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; and if you run, you will not תִכָּשֵֽׁל stumble . 13 Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life. …. 20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body.
Hosea 14; 1 Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. 2 Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity and receive us graciously, that we may present the fruit of our lips….4 I will heal their apostasy, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from them….9 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of the Lord are right, and the righteous will walk in them, but transgressors will stumble יִכָּשְׁלוּ in them.
1 Peter 2; 4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Messiah Yeshua. 6 For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “The stone which the builders rejected, this became the very corner stone,” 8 and, “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.
John 1; 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Proverbs 6; 22 When you walk about, they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you; And when you awake, they will talk to you. 23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; and reproofs for discipline are the way of life.
Psalm 119; 89 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. 90 Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. 91 They stand this day according to Your ordinances, for all things are Your servants. 92 If Your Torah had not been my delight, then I would have perished in my affliction. 93 I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have revived me. 94 I am Yours, save me; for I have sought Your precepts. 95 The wicked wait for me to destroy me; I shall diligently consider Your testimonies. 96 I have seen a limit to all perfection; Your commandment is exceedingly broad. 97 O how I love Your Torah! It is my meditation all the day. 98 Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever mine.
Devarim 30; 10 if you obey the Lord your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul. 11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.
1 John 1; 1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us….
Romans 10; 5 For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on Torah shall live by that righteousness. 6 The righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down), 7 or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” 8 What does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
The notion of considering, upholding, teaching, granting value, exposing the meaning and applicability of the Torah of Hashem (His Wisdom-Teaching-Instruction) is one that is central to me. Why? With no salvific value what use is the Torah and its’ extensive recollections to remember the Feasts and Sabbaths of the Lord? Kadosh- how to be a Holy set a part nation of Priests- these are our job descriptions, edification, tutelage, this is the manual and summary of the Master’s requests. The training and application we undertake in actuality in our very lives. Why? Relationship. Closeness. A drawing of light down into the world. Sanctifying God’s Name (Who He is, What He has done, What He ‘stands’ for) in this world. All the light we recognized, and drew into the world at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur now finds a home in the Vessel that is Sukkot. The Sukkot is the “house” for that light. One of the traditions of Sukkot is to invite into your Sukkah the “Ushpizin” (Guests). This is the one time a year every single person of the assembly, regardless of age or status was called together to hear (and be taught- helped to understand) the words of the Torah. There are many reasons behind each and every Feast. Pesach- an Od – testimony- to remember the deliverance of Hashem and perhaps the past road of trial and division which led us into our “egypt” place. Shavuos- an offering of the First Fruits of our crops and lives, remembering the gift of the Torah, the Ketubah (Wedding document) of the Divine Who sought marriage with us at Sinai. Rosh Hashana a wake up call for the whole body Yom Kippur a journey inside- all with meaning all with value yesterday, today and forever. Sukkot, Sukkot is outright called “THE Feast of the Lord.” And the command? To celebrate with Him, a clean and readied bride.
אֲנַחנוּ נִקְרָא Sefer Yeshayahu Perek סא But you will be called the priests of the Lord; you will be spoken of as ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. 7 Instead of your shame you will have a double portion, and instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, everlasting joy will be theirs. 8 For I, the Lord, love justice, I hate robbery in the burnt offering; and I will faithfully give them their recompense and make an everlasting covenant with them. 9 Then their offspring will be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples. All who see them will recognize them because they are the offspring whom the Lord has blessed. 10 I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Vayikra 23; 39 ‘On exactly the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the Lord for seven days, with a rest (Sabbath שַׁבָּתֽוֹן) on the first day and a rest (Sabbath שַׁבָּתֽוֹן) on the eighth day. 40 Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. 41 You shall thus celebrate it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 You shall live in booths for seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall live in booths, 43 so that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.’” 44 So Moses declared to the sons of Israel the appointed times of the Lord.
The Sukkah is a “temporary” structure set up outside the home, it is meant to draw one out of the comforts of every day life and remind us what it was like to be a “new born” people, totally relying on God for our every need. The Sukkah is meant to remind us of the Glory clouds which protected us and led us all along the wilderness journey. We reside under His Glory, safe neath His outstretched wings. One root of a word related to Sukkah is Sakak. Sakak refers to the covering on the Ark of Testimony and indeed we are to be the vessels that house the Torah of our King a witness and testimony unto this world that our Rock is Perfect, and we are a part of that work having been fashioned together by His hand.
#5526 (v) Sakak- סָכַךְ – to hedge, to fence, to cover, to hide oneself, to fence round, to protect, to cover with armor, to arm, to weave.
Shemot 25:20 “The cherubim shall have their wings spread upward, covering the mercy seat with their wings and facing one another; the faces of the cherubim are to be turned toward the mercy seat.
Shemot 33:22 and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by.
Shemot 37:9 The cherubim had their wings spread upward, covering the mercy seat with their wings, with their faces toward each other; the faces of the cherubim were toward the mercy seat.
Shemot 40:3 “You shall place the ark of the testimony there, and you shall screen the ark with the veil.
Shemot 40:21 He brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up a veil for the screen, and screened off the ark of the testimony, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
Tehillim 5:11 But let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy; and may You shelter them, that those who love Your name may exult in You.
Tehillim 91:4 He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
Tehillim 139:13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.
Tehillim 140:7 “O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle.
Another word related to Sukkah is Sok. This word is found only four times in Tanakh. It speaks of shelter from danger and safety in Hashem. As the Children of Israel sought His shelter from the dangers of the Wilderness, so too we may find ourselves in wilderness places spiritually or (Chas V’Shalom) Physically, and at that time we may find ourselves seeking refuge in His Sukkah of protection and peace, all the while praising and worshiping despite whatever may be going on outside.
#5520 (Masc. n) Sok- סֹךְ – a hut, booth, cottage, thicket, lair.
אֲנַחנוּ נִקְרָא Sefer Tehillim Perek כז One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple. 5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; in the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. 6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, and I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
Indeed when we build Him a Sukkah, even if that means visualizing it in your heart and mind’s eye at His appointed time of Sukkot or going outside for a few minutes and basking in the awe of Hashem’s creation under the ‘covering’ of stars each night during the Chag (Feast) , we are making a Tabernacle, a House for Him in our hearts. Dipping into the divine presence and light, a special and sacred light that IS. Believe in it. And believe also that God can take any situation or circumstance and turn it into a place where you can seek and find shelter and refuge. He transforms darkness into Light and calamity into delight. Everywhere we see a Sukkah, we find an experience of the Divine. Providence and protection. What more is a Father and Husband for if not protection and support in love and faithfulness without condition. Don’t miss the Sukkah experience.
#5521 (Fem. N) Sukkah- סֻכָּה – a booth, a cot, a lair [ made of branches, interwoven].
2 Samuel 22; “He bowed the heavens also, and came down with thick darkness under His feet. 11 “And He rode on a cherub and flew; and He appeared on the wings of the wind. 12 “And He made darkness canopies around Him, A mass of waters, thick clouds of the sky.
13 “From the brightness before Him Coals of fire were kindled. 14 “The Lord thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice.
Psalm 18;9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down with thick darkness under His feet. 10 He rode upon a cherub and flew; and He sped upon the wings of the wind. 11 He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies. 12 From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, hailstones and coals of fire. 13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered His voice, hailstones and coals of fire.
Tehillim 31; 19 How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, before the sons of men! 20 You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues. 21 Blessed be the Lord, for He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city.
The reaction of the people, coming out of Exile, hearing the public reading of the Torah, this is how I personally feel when I read the Torah with the Spirit. It’s not even a notion of “is this even for me? “, “this has expired or doesn’t apply”, “I don’t need to do this”, it’s this same reaction….God said to do this, why aren’t I doing this? I want to do this. Let’s do this! And there was great delight.
Nehemiah 8;14 -17 And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month: and that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written. So the people went forth, and brought them, and made themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim. And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths: for since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.
The Sukkah is a picture of the future provision of the Lord in a time of devastation. The remnant will be preserved in a Sukkah build by Hashem. Even the darkness surrounding will become material for His use and inside- the Light, the Delight, the experiencing our King INSIDE His Glory.
A Remnant Prepared
Yeshayahu 4;1 For seven women will take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach!” 2 In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel. 3 It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem. 4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning, 5 then the Lord will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy. 6 There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.
May you be blessed and motivated to tap into the Light and believe in it. To make your life a witness and testimony that one can fall and find God in that low, allowing Him to raise up a canopy over you once more. May you be filled with a growing security and wonder and thankfulness at the promises of God’s provision and protection no matter how dark things become.
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