Friday, 28 September 2018
It was while I was building my own sukkah (tabernacle/booth) for the first time as an adult at the age of thirty that the full force of John 1:14, hit me. "The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us." I had been a follower of Messiah Yeshua for six years. I already had an intellectual understanding that the Greek word for tabernacled was the same word used for sukkah. Yet, suddenly in the midst of building one, the reality of that verse exploded in my mind and heart. Here was a real fusion of the heavenly glory and the earthly container. The revelation was so overwhelming that I became physically weak and had to go and lie down and absorb it before I could resume work on the sukkah.
Though my experience occurred while building a physical sukkah in the context of the holiday, it was the eternal reality that I touched (or that touched me) to which the earthly sukkah points, that was the essence of the encounter. The same thing doesn't happen every time I build a sukkah, but the deposit remaining in my soul from that time will never go away.
The sukkah (tabernacle/booth) is a picture of Yeshua, who is "the Word (who) became flesh and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14).
"... who, although He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond servant, being made in the likeness of men" (Philippians 2:6,7).
Yeshua came from the most solid and secure permanent place. He chose to come, to a place of suffering, as a person, as one of us, in order to share in our experience. By taking on a human body He took on that temporal frame, susceptible to all the afflictions of humanity. What could be a more tangible picture of this than leaving the security and comfort of our homes in order to dwell in a temporary structure, exposed to the full range of the elements?
This is an excerpt from an Israel's Restoration article by Moshe Morrison and you can read his Sukkot Book too!