Eighth Day Assembly (Shemini Atzeret) Begins Sundown 9/29/30

Posted: September 29, 2010 in Feast of Tabernacles, Feasts of the LORD
Leviticus 23:36, “Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it [is] a solemn assembly; [and] ye shall do no servile work [therein].”
Shemini Atzeret means “The Assembly of the Eighth (Day); Shemini, #8066 (shem-ee-nee) means eight; Atzeret, #6116 (ats-aw-raw) means an assembly”. Rabbinic Literature says that God came to tabernacle with His people for 7 days and had such a good time He decided to stay for another day.
John 1:14,  “And the Word was made 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.” The Greek word for dwelt is skenoo, and means ‘to fix one’s tabernacle, have one’s tabernacle, abide (or live) in a tabernacle (or tent), tabernacle’. Jesus, being the express image of God, loved us so much that He came to Tabernacle among us and make a way to be with Him throughout eternity. Jesus is the Word made flesh. The Eight Day Assembly is all about ‘dancing with the Word’.  There is a wonderful song called “DANCE WITH ME O LOVER OF MY SOUL.” It is a beautiful song of Ruth and Boaz, and we can see the story of our Messiah & the Bride of Christ.

Josephus records in Antiquities, 3.10.4.24, “On the eighth day all work was laid aside…..”  Even though this is the Eighth day of the assembly, it is a seperate holy day in itself. They do not take the lulav & etrog on Shemini Atzeret

This is the time of the “Rejoicing of the Torah” Today they give a sacrifice of praise! They rejoice in the Lord and dance with the Torah!

In synagogues around the world, men will be dancing carrying the Torah Scrolls, children will be carrying toy scrolls. There will be much rejoicing and merriment as they worship God with their praise & thanksgiving for the Holy Word.

Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

  • The people were destroyed when they had a lack of knowledge of God’s way of doing and being right
  • Deuteronomy 31:10-12, hear, learn, do all the words of the Torah (law, teaching)
  • Micah 4:2, “And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”
  • Read Nehemiah 8:1-3, 8, 13-15, 18

Torah, #H8451 (to-rah) from #H3384, (yaw-raw), a prime root meaning “to flow as water, to rain; to point out (as if by aiming the finger), to teach. The Torah refers to the Books of Moses, the first 5 books of the Old Testament written by Moses during the Wilderness years.

Water is compared to the Torah, which descends from a high place to a low place bringing life, refreshing, blessing.

  • Ezekiel 34:26, cause rain to come down in his season, showers of blessing
  • Psalm 72:6-8, He shall come down like rain on mown grass, like showers that water the earth
  • Habbakkuk 2:14, “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”

In Mark 4 & Matthew 13 the parable of Jesus teaching about the ‘sower and the seed’ is recorded. Matthew 13:19 reads, “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.”

May you rejoice in the Living Word as He teaches you and gives you understanding. Shalom

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