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The End of the Festival Cycle

Updated: May 25


Our tent and trailer

Well, I missed getting a blog post out last week. Al and I were attending Feast of Tabernacles in northeast Texas in a beautiful campground on Lake Bob Sandlin.


The weather was perfect, our children and grandchildren were with us, and we had a fabulous time. The only downside was that we had to leave a day early because severe thunderstorms were forecast for later that night. We have torn down in the rain before, and it is not a pleasant experience.


I call this the week we go "off planet." We leave the modern-day world behind. I admit I check my emails once a day, but that is all. Otherwise, short of a family emergency, everything will wait until we get back to. . .I almost said "reality." Honestly, the time we spend at Tabernacles is the reality. The daily grind is a something else.


This feast is commanded in Leviticus 23:


"Speak to the people of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths to Yehovah.

On the first day shall be a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work.

For seven days you shall present food offerings to Yehovah. On the eighth day you shall hold a holy convocation and present a food offering to Yehovah. It is a solemn assembly; you shall not do any ordinary work.

These are the appointed feasts of Yehovah, which you shall proclaim as times of holy convocation…”

On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the produce of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of Yehovah seven days. On the first day shall be a solemn rest, and on the eighth day shall be a solemn rest.” Leviticus 23:34-37, 39 ESV


The Jewish world generally celebrates Sukkot by putting up a sukkah (booth) somewhere on their property and eating their meals there. In Jerusalem, many will put up a tent or sukkah on a flat rooftop. Here is a link to a very interesting group of non-Jews from all over the world who came to camp in Jerusalem:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6ZFChKj2PI


Those in the Hebrew Roots/Messianic movement, usually assemble at an encampment somewhere with others like we did and camp out in a tent or RV. There are two such groups in our home state Oklahoma which have over 1,000 people attending for the entire eight days of the festival. We’ve been to both of them. It’s quite an experience.

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Our Home Away From Home

Years ago, we and our children invested in Cabela Alaknak outfitter tents which measure 10’x24’. It’s kind of like a tiny house. I could absolutely live in it all the time. This year we had one night in which a hefty thunderstorm hit us for an hour or so. We made it just fine except for the large tree branch which fell between our son’s tent and his kitchen. Good thing it didn’t hit the tents where we were sleeping (or trying to sleep with all the thunder and lightning).


Again, sorry for no post last week. We will get back on track next Thursday.


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