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We conclude the Feast of Tabernacles in our study today. The prophetic view of the Feast of Tabernacles reflects the millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ. We saw that He will be crowned King of the earth as part of the prophetic fulfillment of Yom Teruah (aka Rosh HaShanah) as HaMelech (The King). He will return to the earth in His Second Coming fulfilled on a Yom Kippur, and His millennial reign will begin in a fulfillment of Sukkot,  a temporary housing/living situation until the new heaven and the new earth are created,  wherein God will then always be with, live among, His people.

Revelation 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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Study for  October 22, 2016

We are amid the Feast of Tabernacles which is a seven day celebration during which the Jewish people are to live in small booths which they construct out of tree branches just outside of their homes. It is a festive time of fun and joy for the families and especially the children – a seven day “camp out” so to speak. The day following the seventh day is a day referred to as Shemini Atzeret – or the eighth day of assembly. Numbers 29: 12  And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work, and ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: (Emphasis added). Following this verse is the outline of the sacrificial offerings to be made each of the seven days in the Temple, then Numbers 29: 35  On the eighth day (of the feast) ye shall have a solemn assembly: ye shall do no servile work therein: (Also Leviticus 23:36), in other words, the eighth day was to be a Sabbath also. Coming from a Christian perspective, we focus on how the festivals or feasts relate to our Lord Jesus Christ. As afore said many times, Jesus is the Word which means that all the Word of God is about Jesus. We have observed all of the Feasts of the Lord in terms of Jesus Christ our Savior, and so this special day is no exception.

What God is saying to the Jewish people, especially those who have made the journey to Jerusalem as commanded by law, regarding this last festival Shemini Atzeret is to “tarry” one additional day with Him. If you just pause and think on that – what a wonderful concept for us as Christians – “to tarry” or pause or “wait” on God for a day! (Not for just this special day – the eighth day but how about one day every week – which, of course, is what the Sabbath is all about.) But we are here at the eighth day of Sukkot. Now consider what would be happening with Jesus on this day related to last study where we outlined how Jesus was born of Mary on the first of Sukkot; here we are at the eighth day.  Leviticus 12: 2  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean. 3  And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. In other words, this day of Shemini Atzeret – this day of assembly, Jesus would have been presented to the priest or to someone for circumcision.  Now why would that have particular significance for us? Genesis 17: 10  This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11  And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. 12  And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations,… Circumcision was an outward sign/token of God’s Covenant. The circumcision of Jesus was the token of His covenant with the Almighty God and God’s covenant with Him- a blood covenant between the two members of the Godhead – God the Father and God the Son. The obedience of Jesus to that covenant required God’s obedience/adherence to the words of that covenant. To break one small portion of that covenant was to break it all; both members of the Godhead were obligated to adhere to every jot and tittle without the smallest transgression. Luke 16: 17  And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

From the time He was a small child, Jesus fulfilled the law without a single mistake or deviation from the law; Jesus was completely obedient to the law/covenant and therefore was totally without sin/transgression until such time as He, in obedience to the will of God, took on our sin in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was then that His identity with common “man” was complete - taking on all sin – every single transgression ever committed or ever would be committed encapsulated upon Jesus such that God could then judge sin – all sin for all time. Hebrews 10: 9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. It was most necessary for the blood covenant to be established between Jesus and the Father – just as it had been for Abraham, Genesis chapter 17, – and with His circumcision, His life  began in commitment and dedication to God and to God’s Torah.

There is one more day following Shemini Atzeret and it is called Simchat Torah which means “rejoicing in the Torah” or as we would say, “rejoicing in the Word of God”. To put it all together this Feast of Tabernacles: 1) Jesus was born on the first day of the Feast, 2) He was circumcised on the eighth day, and now 3) from that time on, we rejoice in Jesus, The Word of God made flesh  John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt (tabernacled) among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Isn’t it marvelous how the Word of God comes together in a wonderful magnificent meaningful whole!!!! Glory to God!