Rabbi Schneider - Get Blessed
Chag Sameach, that's Hebrew for Happy Holiday. We are now, beloved, in the midst of the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Tabernacles is a feast of rejoicing and celebration. We've just got done celebrating the Feast of Trumpets, or Rosh Hashanah, where the shofar blows, recalling us to remember that Jesus is coming back soon, and when He comes back, He's gonna judge the world. Rosh Hashanah or Yom Teruah prepares us for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It reminds us how Yeshua gave so much so that you and I could be forgiven for our sins and go to Heaven. It's a day to humble ourselves. It's a day to just really recognize the cost that our sin put on King Jesus who took the nails in His hands and in His feet in order to atone for our sins.
Now that we've taken account of our life, looked to Jesus knowing that He's coming again, repented of our sins, walked through Yom Kippur with Him, recognizing the price He had to pay to forgive us, we come now to this holy day, this holy season, I should say, because it's just not a day, it lasts for seven days, and an additional day at the end, the Feast of Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles. This feast is a feast of thanksgiving and celebration. We've been through repentance. We've humbled ourselves on Yom Kippur.
Now we know our sins are forgiven. We thank God for all He's done for us during the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Tabernacles was actually an agricultural feast, and it involved the greatest harvest in Israel. And all of Israel celebrated to the Lord for the great harvest that He had given them, for all that He had done for them, both spiritually and in the agricultural arena. During the Feast of Sukkot or Tabernacles, we take account of all the blessings in our life, and recognize, beloved ones, that every good thing that we have, even the ability to experience pleasure when you're eating food. Everything that we can experience on Earth that brings pleasure, it's all a gift of HaShem, it's all a gift of God.
So during this season of Sukkot, this feast of thanksgiving, I want to encourage you, just stop for a moment. Count all the blessings in your life. Thank God for your friends, your significant others, if you're married, your husband, wife, if you have children, your children, your grandchildren. If you have a job, if you have a roof over your head. If you have money or the means to be able to have meals that you can eat. Many people in the world aren't in such a great position, they're starving. So stop and thank God. Thank HaShem for everything in your life, during the Feast of Tabernacles. Beloved, we've been called to be thankful, and this is the season to be truly thankful. In Jesus' name.