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This message comes with my prayer for every blessing for you and your family as we continue to celebrate Sukkot, also known as the “Feast of Tabernacles” this week!
I am very grateful for the opportunity PJTN has had this year over the Fall Festivals to bring a bridge of education and understanding on why we, both Jews and Christians, must understand the importance of every event on the calendar that God calls “My Appointed Times.” This week is one of those times.
What have been for so long termed “Jewish Festivals” are actually “God’s Festivals.” Though these days were specifically given to Israel as part of the Sinai covenant, God intended them for all people throughout the ages that honor Him. His instructions were: “Three times a year, you shall celebrate a festival to me.” (Exodus 23:14). It is this festival of Sukkot that Christians and Jews will celebrate together in Jerusalem as an eternal covenant through the future ages (Zechariah 14:9).
In scripture, at Sukkot God’s directions were: “Take branches from luxuriant trees-from palms, willows and other leafy trees-and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days” -(Leviticus 23:40). We were then instructed by God to bind the four elements together and bless them every day of the holiday. According to the Jewish sages, the four species of trees represents four different elements of humankind.
On Sukkot, we take these branches bundled all together, signaling that we embrace all types of people. It also demonstrates that we are only complete when we are united to our fellow human beings.
I am remembering you especially this week and thanking God for you and for the blessing of your financial gifts to PJTN, We truly need each other and we could not accomplish the mission of PJTN without you!
Praying in sukkahs and homes everywhere over this week of Sukkot that you will welcome in the stranger with open hearts, be with those you love the most, and together celebrate the God of the bountiful harvest!
Chag Sukkot Sameach! (Happy Sukkot!)
President/Proclaiming Justice to The Nations