Sunday, 7 October 2012

My Favorite Sukkot Story

It is the last night of Sukkot. Sadly, this year we weren't able to setup our own Sukkot or share a meal with others, it was still an amazing time.
On this raining last night of Sukkot, I would like to share my favourite Sukkot story:

Yohannan 1: 14And The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of The Only Begotten of The Father, full of grace and truth. Yohannan bore witness of him and cried, saying, “This was he of whom I spoke: 'He that comes after me is preferred in honor before me, for he had priority over me.' And of his fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For The Law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Yeshua The Messiah. No man has seen God at any time; The Only Begotten God Who is in the bosom of The Father, he has declared him.”

Luke 1: But it occurred in those days that a command also went out from Augustus Caesar that every nation of his empire would be registered. This census was the first in the government of Quraynus in Syria. And everyone was going to be registered in his own city. But Yoseph had come up from Nazareth, a city of Galilee, to Judea to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was from the house and from the lineage of David, With Maryam his bride when she was pregnant, that he might be registered there. And it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she brought forth her firstborn Son and she wrapped him in swaddling bands, and she laid him in a manger because there was no place for them where they might lodge"
Yes, Yeshua, Ha Messiah was born during the Feast of Sukkot.
Does it matter when Yeshua was born? Yes, for the Bible clearly points to when Yeshua was born. While we don't have the actual date, we know what season He was born in.
How? Simple math.
Yeshua was 33 and1/2 years old when He was put to death on Passover. This would have been early April. Now forward six months. If He had lived, Yeshua would have celebrated His 34th birthday in October, during Sukkot. This means that the angel Gabriel would have appeared to Maryam (Mary) in December and she would have conceived Messiah during Hanukkah. Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah made His appearance during one of the Feast of the L-rd.
The Inn. While the greek word for inn, Kataluma, is often written as inn, the word carrys many meanings, including 'guest room." An example of this can be found in Luke 22:11, when Yeshua is looking for a place to hold the Passover meal. "Say to the owner of the house, 'the Teacher asks: where is the guest room (kataluma) where I might eat The Passover with My disciples?"
Consider; Yeshua was born in the 'sukkat' because there was no room in the guest room."
Yes, I know this turns Christmas plays on their heads. But think my friends; while this doesn't make sense to us in the West, many homes in Israel have changed little in the past 2,000 years or so. In a simple village, the homes would be what we call split-level. The family would live in a larger room, maybe two rooms, the second being for guest. Under the house, the animals would be brought in at night, to keep them safe and warm, their body heat rising up to keep the family upstairs warm during the cold seasons.
Think of it: Yeshua wasn't born in some cold cave, but in a family member's home. That there was family celebration of a Son!
This is why so many of us who believe Yeshua is Ha Messiah celebrate His birth, not on December 25th, but during the Feast of Sukkot.
Truly the Season of Our Rejoicing.
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