Nothing that God does is by accident. I know you know that, but I just HAD to say it...
For all those who still carry the feeling that God is mad at them, that they might just do that last, final thing that will make His anger roar against them...THIS is the Holy Day He made to take away that fear...
You know how we are in the season of the new year in the Jewish Calendar? Well, at the end of the seven-day celebration of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) we are to add an extra day (see Leviticus 23:39). While this eighth day is designated as an "assembly," it may also be translated as "abiding or waiting."
"You may compare it to a king who had a festival for seven days and invited all the nations of the world to the seven days of feasting. When the seven days were over and the guests had gone, he said to his friend (Israel), 'Let us now have a small meal together, just you and I.'" (Bamidbar Rabbah 21, Sukkah 55b)Today, for the year 2014 in our calendar, is the EIGHTH Day of these feast period...
It is as if, even after all the wonderful fall Holy Days, God himself is pleading with his people to stay in his presence just a little longer...such is the purpose of Shemini Atzeret (the name of the day after the Feast of Tabernacles).
Our incredible God prepares such a
wonderful, abundant life for us!
He desires to speak with us, to be a part of our lives,
to lavish His great love on us...
He finds us desirable...
Hear His heart for you,
Before we have entered into His presence,
He invites us to "Come!"
After we have spent some quiet moments with Him,
He invites us to "Stay!"
He said to them,
"Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."