See that’s what Pentecost celebrates. It’s a season for the glory of the Lord to be revealed. Habakkuk 2 says “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” At Pentecost God wants you to open your heart and let His Spirit overwhelm you. He wants the celebration of Pentecost to be a tremendous blessing to you. As you worship God with thankful hearts for His abundant provision your provision for multiplication and increase so as you celebrate Pentecost stir up your heart to thank God. Remember what He’s done. Be thankful. Read His Word. Bring offerings. Share testimonies. Sing praises and be ready to receive the outpouring of God’s blessing. Now you know these are for Christians. Amen? Okay. Now in the seventh month we come to the last feast. That’s “Tabernacles.”

Most Christians don’t know much about Tabernacles. Some Christian writers used to call it the “Feast of Booths.” I don’t know about you but when I hear about a booth I think of something like this. That is not what this feast was about. In Hebrew the feast is called “Sukkot,” and it’s the plural of “Sukkah.” It’s the Hebrew word for a tent or a temporary shelter so this is the feast of temporary shelters but it sounds nicer to call it the Feast of Tabernacles. But the Feast of Tabernacles is a joyful week-long celebration. The primary instruction God gave for this feast, now you got to get this, this is a very important instruction to obey. Just grit your teeth and say I going to do it no matter how hard it is. God says here’s the one thing you need to do on this feast. Rejoice!

AUDIENCE: (CLAPPING) Whooo!

ROBERT: So during the Feast of Tabernacles God wants us to experience the overflowing joy of being in His presence. To understand where we get Tabernacles and what it pictures you need to realize when Israel left Egypt they lived in tabernacles, temporary shelters in the wilderness. And God spoke to Moses and said build a Tabernacle for me too so I can live with My people. And so they made a Tabernacle for God in the middle of their camp and God’s glory came down and dwelt among them and He met all of their needs and they experienced His presence. And so the Feast of Tabernacles is the celebration of God’s glory.

One week a year God asked His people to leave their normal activities behind and tabernacle with Him. They were to make temporary shelters, Sukkahs, as a reminder of how God’s glory walked with them in the wilderness. And God promised a special blessing for those who would do this. He says if you’ll treat this week as special I will meet with you. So what do we do at Tabernacles? Tabernacles is a time to remember. Remember how God came down. Tabernacled with His people. It’s a time to share testimonies and share stories of the times God has met with you. It’s a time to enjoy the fun of celebration with God more than any other feast this is just a fun time! Leviticus 43: “Rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.” Deuteronomy 16: “Be joyful at your feast for Lord your God will bless you and your joy will be complete.” Number 3: Bring an offering. It’s an expression of thanksgiving to God.

Deuteronomy 16: “No man should appear before the Lord empty-handed. Bring a gift in proportion to the way God has blessed you. And then finally it’s a time to anticipate. To call out to God for His glory to come and tabernacle with us again. It’s a week to draw close to God. So in Tabernacles plan to meet with Him every day. Spend relaxed times in His word. Get together with your family, with your friends. Share testimonies of His goodness. Eat your favorite foods. Thank Him for His blessing. And especially if you have children build a tabernacle, a Sukkah. Nehemiah 8 describes when in Nehemiah’s day they celebrated Tabernacles. They said go into the hills and bring back branches from olive and wild olive trees and myrtles and palms and shade trees to make Sukkahs. And so the people built Sukkahs on their roofs and on their courtyards and their joy was very great. So why not build a Sukkah? You know you can be, there can be all kinds of Sukkahs. Wherever you live you can have a Sukkah. Be creative. You can have a model Sukkah. You can have a backyard Sukkah.

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