It’s Sukkot! Time to celebrate!
I don’t think I ever really understood what Sukkot was about until this year. There’s several themes.
First, you’ve come out of “Egypt.”
You’ve been delivered from slavery. Egypt. Echoed in Christ’s deliverance from our sin. “For you are no longer a slave to sin.”
Ask yourself: What have I been a slave to?
Another way to say this is, what has mastered(controlled) me? What has made me say, “I can’t help it.”
It’s time to get out of that Egypt and come into the desert. Leave your slavery behind.
Second, break down the walls and come to the alter/tabernacle/whatever-you-want-to-call-it.
We are called to dwell in tents. To come to the table with YHWH like Moses did.
When was the last time you went camping? Can you hide anything you’re doing while you’re in a tent? No. No, you cannot. (Believe me, I’ve tried.)
Which is the whole point. God wants you to come up the mountain, he wants you close, to come to dinner with him. Break down the walls you’ve built between you and him and come to the altar.
Ask yourself: What walls have I built between me and God that need to be taken down?
Third, Ceeeelebrate good times, c’mon!
Sukkot is/was also the time that we bring our harvest before God and thank you for his bounty! Celebrating the blessings and bounty in your life by hanging out with good people, eating good food, and having a good time. Dancing, singing, playing games. You know what to do!
Ask yourself: How has YHWH blessed me this year? How can I show my appreciation?
It literally says in scripture, celebrate with JOY!
So my parting thoughts for today the first day of Sukkot…
Come out of Egypt. Break down your walls. And celebrate!