FEAST OF TABERNACKLES—JESUS CHRIST REIGNS
Sixth of eight devotions in What God’s Festivals Teach series
John 1:17: The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The Greek word for dwelling is “tabernacle”. Tabernacle can be a noun meaning a box, container, or cabinet. But here, tabernacle is a verb meaning to stay.
John 1:1, 3a, and 10 says of Jesus Christ, Creator God of the Old Testament, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … “Through Him all things were made.” … “and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.”
Jesus tabernacled with us. In His physical life, Jesus lived in the world alongside His disciples. He said in Matthew 8:20, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”
Originally, the Father commanded His people to build temporary shelters, booths or tabernacles to live in the week of this Feast. October 5-11, 2017, is the current date. God wanted to remind the original Israelites all His miraculous interventions during, their 40 years of wilderness wandering. See lesson linked below for an explanation for why their wandering was so long.
God commands in Leviticus 23:42: “Live in booths for seven days; all native-born Israelites are to live in booths.” Why? Verse 43 answers with, “so that your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in booths when I brought them out of Egypt; ‘I am the LORD your God.’”
Apostle Paul links the past with the current in 1 Corinthians 10:3-4. The Israelites in the wilderness “all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they all drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.”
At Christ’s second coming, He will again “tabernacle” on earth with those who eagerly await Him. His thousand-year millennium reign will ultimately fulfill what this Feast foretold for centuries. “Blessed and holy is he who has no part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power; but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6).
Take Home Nugget
As ruler of His people with whom He dwells, or “tabernacles,” Jesus will reign on earth. There will be the Kingdom of God!
Thank You Holy Father, for painting this glorious future for us, predicted in Your commanded Feasts! Now we know and eagerly look forward to Christ’s reign on earth. Hallelujah! Amen.
Adapted from God’s Holy Day Plan, The Promise of Hope for All Mankind. ©1966, 1998, 2001, 2010, 2013 by the United Church of Christ. Ohio. Pgs. 57.
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