Sukkot (also referred to the Feast of Tabernacles) is a biblical feast for all believers. All the biblical feasts, including Sukkot, are in Leviticus 23.
In the last few years our family has come into a fuller understanding of a whole bible belief and our identity in the family of God. We knew we were grafted into Israel (people, not country). A newer friend reposted this on Facebook today and it really captures our story as well and the anonymous author says it better than I could.
"What I wish my friends who don't understand what I believe knew about my Whole Bible Belief:I get asked questions about my faith and why our family does what we do but what I think happens the most is the silent misunderstandings without the questions. So here are a “few” things (loved this idea from Land of Honey blog!) I wish my amazing friends knew about our walk and our obedience to Yah (God) and HIS ways. It’s long but I couldn’t narrow it down easily.
Yahusha (Jesus) is the Messiah!!! Praise Yah!! Yes, we fully believe that He is our Messiah. Our salvation comes through Him. He redeemed us and He is our atonement for our sin, taking away the curse we deserve: death. This has never changed and never will. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.We have many things in common! We are both reading our Bibles and desiring to know Him more intimately! I do recognize and choose to occasionally read the books that were removed from the Canon.We’ve given up a LOT of worldly things. We feel strongly about not mixing our lives with the ways of the world. Not because of judgment of others but because we are called to look and be set apart as HE is set apart. We are not to look like, read like, act like, watch things like, or be like the world. We are a NEW creation.We are NOT Jewish or trying to be. Seriously, if I had a quarter for every time we’ve been asked if we are or told we are Jewish..we’d have a heavy pocket.Truly, we are not. We have not converted to Judaism. Judaism means you are agreeing to the Talmudic teachings and following the oral traditions of MAN and often times not following Yahusha (Jesus) as Messiah. That’s exactly what we are working away from.We believe the WHOLE Bible is FOR today. We are whole Bible believers. We ARE ISRAEL—Israelites! (This was a HUGE game changer!!!) The whole Bible opens up in an amazing way once you understand this! John 10:16 Yeshua is saying that there is ONE flock and ONE Shepherd. There isn’t a flock of Christians and a flock of Jews. ONE FLOCK. When we believe in Yahusha our Messiah and join His covenant—we are GRAFTED IN (Romans 11:16-27) TO ISRAEL. There is neither Jew nor GREEK. There is ONE FLOCK. Ephesians 2 references how we were once FAR OFF (without Messiah) then through Messiah we were brought NEAR (with Messiah) and this bringing us NEAR. We are adoptees INTO ISRAEL. When far off we are EXCLUDED from citizenship of Israel. When we are brought NEAR—we become Israel! The people... NOT the nation state.We are grafted in—which means we are Israel—which means when He says “Hear Oh Israel!” That’s us.Once we have our belief in Messiah, we then “work out our belief with fear and trembling”. We then show our love to Him by keeping His commands (John 14:15, 1 John 2:3). Yahusha said “Follow ME” and "if you love me keep My commands" He wasn't here teaching anything but His Father's ways so His commands are His Father's commands.
So some of the big changes we’ve made is we keep the Sabbath on the seventh day (Friday at sunset to Saturday at sunset), we observe the appointed times, completely gave up man-made holidays, and eat Biblically clean (Lev 11).We are NOT living in bondage or with a burden. I’ve never felt more FREE.
We have an inner peace in our lives we can’t even explain. I’ve never felt closer to HIM than I do today. I have all the abundance I could need—spiritual abundance!! It’s like I was looking for a missing puzzle piece my whole life and it’s FINALLY in place. I still stumble and struggle but it never takes away the completeness I now feel in my life.
We wholeheartedly LOVE this journey we are on.I still love and appreciate YOU. I KNOW there are many people and things that played a role in Him leading me to where I am today. Even things I disagree with now have helped me be where I am today. I am grateful for every person in my journey and just pray to encourage others along the way.Please ask me questions. I won’t try to prove anything to you but I will talk and share scripture! I’d love to! Talking scripture and about Yah fills me with JOY.
I’m incredibly grateful for where we are today. Yah's timing is perfect and HIS mercy and Grace are so humbling! I know we aren’t perfect and we pray DAILY for discernment and for HIM to show us the way and keep us on HIS PATH!"
|Worship jam around our campfire|
|Blessing the children under the chuppah|
|Davidic dance during worship|
|Beautiful scenery at our Sukkot camp|
|Little boy is all about snacks and bare feet|
|The final night and the kids doing their presentation|
|Building candy sukkah|
|Another glorious sunset|
|Our Sukkot site|
|Aidan helping fetch firewood|
|More scenery during my 'walkabout'|
|Reflection of the fall colours on the lake. Gorgeous!|