September 25, 2021 – Sukkot V
- Torah: Exodus 33:1-34:26
- Haftara: Ezekiel 38:18-39:16
- Brit Chadasha: John 7:31-43
וַיְדַבֵּ֨ר יְהוָ֤ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה֙ לֵ֣ךְ עֲלֵ֣ה מִזֶּ֔ה אַתָּ֣ה וְהָעָ֔ם אֲשֶׁ֥ר הֶֽעֱלִ֖יתָ מֵאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרָ֑יִם אֶל־הָאָ֗רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֣ר נִ֠שְׁבַּעְתִּי לְאַבְרָהָ֨ם לְיִצְחָ֤ק וּֽלְיַעֲקֹב֙ לֵאמֹ֔ר לְזַרְעֲךָ֖ אֶתְּנֶֽנָּה׃
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Set out from here, you and the people that you have brought up from the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your offspring will I give it’—
וְשָׁלַחְתִּ֥י לְפָנֶ֖יךָ מַלְאָ֑ךְ וְגֵֽרַשְׁתִּ֗י אֶת־הַֽכְּנַעֲנִי֙ הָֽאֱמֹרִ֔י וְהַֽחִתִּי֙ וְהַפְּרִזִּ֔י הַחִוִּ֖י וְהַיְבוּסִֽי׃
I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites—
In our last reading of Torah this week we read in Vezot Ha’Bracha the Blessings over the 12 Tribes of Yacob by the Prophet Moshe. “This is the blessing (Vezot Ha’Bracha) that Moses, man of God, bestowed on the Israelites just before his death.”
In them (the Bracha) Moshe prophesies over Judah. “Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah. Bring him in to his people. With his hands he contended for himself. You shall be a help against his adversaries.”
When Moshe makes this statement he literally says bring Judah to his people. He says “Hear, Adonai, the voice of Judah.” as if Judah is pleading to be sent to his people for a purpose, and cannot wait to be sent forth! The purpose is revealed in the latter part of the blessing where He will contend with His adversaries with divine help. We know that Mashiach ben David from the tribe of Yehuda will overcome His adversaries and establish his throne (the throne of his father David) when the kingdom of Elohim is in the earth again. He is the Angel of Adonai sent before us to establish us in that kingdom and dwell with us forever.
As we celebrate Sukkot (Tabernacles) this week we look to the promised reign of Messiah over all the earth, and the completion of the promise made in B’resheet (Genesis 6:7) the 4th “I Will” promise of HaShem made as we left Mitsrayim (Egypt) during the first Pesach (Passover): “Therefore tell the children of Israel, ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgments:7 and I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God;” As we dwell in our Sukkah’s (temporary dwellings) we look forward to a eternal dwelling with our Adonai and His anointed one Mashiach Yeshua. The festival will last seven days, thru the seventh day a type for completion and rest. It will continue for a eighth day, Shemini Atzeret, a fractal of a day without the bands of time, eternity with our creator. After ward we celebrate Simchat Torah (the joy of Torah) and we will do so throughout eternity with our glorious creator and King.
May you be abundantly blessed, as you celebrate this Sukkot looking forward to the kingdom of Adonai with us forever. (see Festivals and Events for upcoming fall festivals)
Shalom Mish’pachah from Beth Hallel Lodi