Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Zechariah 14:16

"And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles."
Zechariah 14:16

This is interesting.  I'm not sure if i have ever noticed this before.  This chapter is talking about the second coming, and it tells us that in the last days, the people left alive (at least the ones who fought against God) will be keeping the feast of tabernacles.  Incidentally, the Bible dictionary says that it was kept on the 15th to 21st days of the seventh month... which, at least in our calenderic measurements, puts us right in the middle of it. :)  It also says that the characteristic rite was dwelling in booths made of the boughs of trees... so, guess we should get chopping. :)  Seriously though... or at least more seriously, it is interesting to see some of the things that the Lord requires of us that are symbolic.  And, that that teaching method will continue even after the Second Coming.  It is a remarkable teaching method, and there are so many layers of meaning when you get into really deeply symbolic things... analogies can teach us an awful lot.  After all, the whole point of an analogy is to relate something that you *are* familiar with to something that you aren't.  And, let me tell you... there are a lot of things that God is familiar with that we aren't, so that is a pretty great method. :)  For instance... prayer.  There are many people who are unfamiliar and somewhat uncomfortable with prayer... but if you relate it to a familiar thing... a phone call or a conversation with a friend... then it becomes more real and easier to personalize.  So, if you get a chance today... read up on the Feast of Tabernacles.  And, even if you don't... think about the symbolic lessons that God blesses us with in our lives... you never know, when you start thinking about things like that, what new facet of meaning you might find. :)

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