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Psalm 91:1 (HNV) “He who dwells in the secret place of Ha`Elyon will rest in the shadow of Shaddai. (2) I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in whom I trust.”

This may sound like a strange scripture for Tabernacles, but this is where we need to live (rest, abide) live right now!!

The custom of the Jewish people is to build a small tabernacle (succot, booths) outside their house and spend time in that temporary building. As they rest in the tabernacle, they would recall how the Hebrew children were taken care of for 40 years in the Wilderness journey. But today I don’t want to look back, but to be totally aware of our protection for today.

To understand where I am teaching today you will need a little understanding of the Law of First Mention. The “law of first-mention” is the principle in the interpretation of Scripture which states that the first mention or occurrence of a subject in Scripture establishes an unchangeable pattern, with that subject remaining unchanged in the mind of God throughout Scripture.

The first time we find the word shadow is in the story of Lot in the city of Sodom in Genesis 19. The angels of the LORD (who looked like men) had come into the city to bear witness to the wickedness. Before God can pass judgment there has to be 2 or 3 witnesses. Lot urged them to come and stay with him and his family for their safety. While they were in Lot’s house, they broke unleavened bread with Lot (the first mention of unleavened bread in the Bible).

When the men of Sodom came to demand to have sex with the angels, Lot’s reply was “See now, I have two virgin daughters. Please let me bring them out to you, and do you to them as is good in your eyes. Only don’t do anything to these men, because they have come under the shadow of my roof.”

First of all, I know what you are thinking.  Why did Lot say they could have his daughters? Lot knew they were not interested in women, but they were only interested in sodomizing men, a word that came from the sins of the city of Sodom.

But don’t miss the best point!  The angels came under covenant with Lot when they broke bread, which is a custom still held in the East. When you are in covenant, the other party will protect you no matter what it costs!!  The covenant made with bread and wine is stronger that your natural bloodline family.

This was God’s way, and it is the best way.  When Jesus broke bread with His disciples at what is now referred to as the Last Supper, He took the wine and said, ” and having taken the cup, and having given thanks, he gave to them, saying, `Drink ye of it — all; for this is my blood of the new covenant, that for many is being poured out — to remission of sins.” (YLT)  The Blood Covenant is still in force today, is still able to protect all who come under it and has never lost its power!!!

TODAY, MAKE YOUR ETERNAL SUCCOT UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY.  Allow Him to be your refuge and fortress. That eternal covenant will always be your safest place of safety in the midst of a storm!

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

Leviticus 23:39, “Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land,  shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day [shall be] a sabbath,  and on the eighth day [shall be] a sabbath.”

During the times of the Temple, Jerusalem was known at “The Light of the World”. In the Court of the women were 4 enormous candlesticks with 4 golden bowls at the top of each. They were 75′ high! They used worn out priestly garments for wicks that they had cut into strips and would pour in oil from 7 gal buckets. Four young priests-in-training would climb to the top, carrying immense oil jugs with which they would fill the bowls. Once lighted, there was not a courtyard in all of Jerusalem that did not glow with the light that emanated from the celebration in the Temple courtyard. (In another reference it says each bowl held 10 gallons of fresh oil)

For the cememony of the 7th Day, the Priests were put into 3 groups: The First group was responsible for the daily sacrifices.

The Second group was headed by the High Priest went out the Water Gate to the Pool of Siloam which had “Living Water”! One assistant had a silver pitcher of wine (silver representing redemption). At dawn, the assembly proceeded with melody and song to the spring of Siloam, at the foot of the walls of Jerusalem.  There the high priest had a golden vase (representing royalty, divinity) and drew the water known as the living water (mayim hayim) and held it in the vase. His assistant held a silver vase containing wine. The high priest took the special golden decanter and filled it with the living water.

This ceremony with prayers represents asking God, who is in charge of the rain, would grant the rainfall for the next  year. When the water was being poured they would sing, “When the water was poured they would be singing, “Save now, I pray, O Lord, O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Psalm 118:25-26) The day is named after thier cry, Hosheana (“save now”) which was repeated 7 times.

The Third Group of priests went out to the Beautiful Gate to the Matzah Valley and cut willow branches 25-30′ in length. Like a parade they would form rows of priests 30′ apart waving the branches. At the same time both groups would meet with the water and branches and march back to the Temple. This was symbolic of the Spirit coming to Jerusalem (the living water and the spirit were coming at the same time)

Then certain priests would blow their trumpets and all the Levites and people waved palm branches while singing from Psalm 113-118. Those carrying the long branches would make a “swishing sound” as they waved them back and forth. This represented the Ruach (spirit) wind.

Once they arrived at their gates a priest known as “the pierced one” played a flute calling for the Wind and Water to enter the Temple. (Zech 12:10; John 19:34)

Then the congregation with the Second Group of Priests ascended again to the Temple, led by the high priest who bore the golden vessel. Arriving at the Temple, he brought the decanter up to the altar, and poured the water into the silver cup at its corner. Another priest poured out wine from the other decanter into the cup at the opposite corner. 

Before they reached the altar with the water they turned to face the altar and remembered Ezekiel 8:16, “So He brought me into the inner court of the Lord’s house; and there, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east.”

Special Commandment of the Willow

The worshipers would place exceptionally long willow branches from Motza, on the outskirts of Jerusalem all along the foundations of the altar with the heads bent over the top.  This daily ritual was accompanied by trumpet blasts and the sounding of the shofar by the priests and Levites.  The priest would circle the altar once each day holding the lulavin and praying to the Almighty, the 7th day they would circle 7 times remembering the walls of Jericho.

We find a record of what Jesus said on Hoshana Raba, as the water was being poured out on the altar. John 7:37, “On the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. (38) He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”(39) But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet [given], because Jesus was not yet glorified.” 

Here Jesus is making a bold statement, “I am your Hosanna, I am your Salvation. I will give you living waters of the Spirit. Jesus came to satisfy a spiritual thirst that could be quenched no other way. The Pool of Siloam is called “sent” and Jesus was the “sent one”.  John 7:16, “Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.” (John 7:28, 29, 33)  (The word ‘sent‘ is the Greek word Apostello, where we get the word apostle)