A few thoughts as we draw near to the culmination of the season of the Fall Feasts/Appointed Times…
The week of Sukkot/Tabernacles is the seventh Feast and the most joyous. It is the goal at which all the others aim (the children of Israel were delivered OUT OF Egypt so they could be delivered TO the Land of Promise). But we can’t get there without experiencing the first six! Obviously we have to partake of the redemption of the Lamb (Yeshua) even to become part of His family. That’s the beginning, but only the beginning. From that point on, we must be faithful servants and watch (Matthew 24:46) in order to enter His rest (Hebrews 4:1, 9-11).
YHWH is specific about how He wants us to live once we enter His family. One of His commands (which the “faithful and wise” servant obeyed, but the wicked servant DID NOT) is to take care of those who are poor, oppressed, and hurting.
Last week, for Yom Kipper (the Day of Atonement), we read Isaiah 58. “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” (v. 6). Yom Kippur was the day when the Year of Jubilee (release and restoration) would begin every fifty years, something Yeshua said He came to fulfill.
If we aren’t willing to join Him in the work of breaking bonds of wickedness, are we worthy to be called His disciples and to join Him when He comes in His glory to “tabernacle” with us?
What can I do this week to break bonds of wickedness, in my life or someone else’s?