October 09, 2017

Jews in Israel and around the world remember the past and look at the future as well as they sit in a thatched hut for seven days

Listen to Today's Program Play

JD: Why is there a celebration of what happened in that 40 years? Is it just to have the Lord remind you of how it was and how his provision took care of the Jews for those 40 years?

WM: In authentic Judaism based on the idea of the children of Israel living in booths or in huts is based first of all some sort of shelter. But of course there’s always a deeper message and the fact that in a certain sense what we know as the clouds of glory were also thought of as a companying the children of Israel throughout those 40 years and they were the heavenly booths. In Amman, which reminds us of that period both in a physical but also in a spiritual sense of our connection and our history, which is always combined in true Judaism.

During this holiday in the fall period and actually some people actually sleep in the Sukkah. But they try to take their meals and this reminds them that with the physicality there’s also the spirituality. 

JD: The fact that God’s word, Zechariah 14 says that there will be this Feast of Tabernacles on an annual bases and it seems to indicate there even into the future and as long as we can see ahead in the future. 

WM: If I’m not mistaken in Amman it’s mentioned that there are Sukkah booths or Tabernacle on Temple Mount when the Temple was rebuilt during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. Judaism is keeping memory alive. Redemption is in memory. If you don’t have a memory, if you don’t recall what went on and why you are doing certain things or not doing things you will not be able to precede into your own or your national future. In fact, the two days of the New Year is also called the days of memory.

Myself sitting out here on the porch with a not very strong structure because the Jews that things on earth some times can be very weak, and very fragile, and even dangerous and one must place ones trust in God above that he will direct you in the right direction.

JD: Winkie Medad from his Sukkah in Shiloh Israel explaining the Jewish Feasts of Tabernacles.

The Jews look to the past and their wonderings in the wilderness for 40 years as they live for seven days in a Sukkot. However, at the same time they look to the future and the kingdom period when the Messiah will rule and reign from Jerusalem in the Temple, that’s Zechariah 6:12 & 13.

God made the promise of the kingdom to come and the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles is evidence that the Lord will keep his promise.