Dangitt - i just lost my long blog post on my message today - (i am preaching at the Baptist church in Stromness. - 11:15 in the Town Hall)
Ecto crashed and i had not saved it. Danggitt!!!! And i dont have time to repeat myself. But the similarities between the visual and motion aspects of the Feast of Tabernacles and many emerging church/alt. worship events are striking.
Images of branches, fruit, water, wine. Processions to the Pool of Siloam and through the Water Gate, with background ambience of flutes and chanting of Pslam 118 - all very familiar.
Anyway, I will tell the story about when Jesus went to the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) and on the last day, spoke about water. There is a weird parallel - our largest festival has just finished, people are packing up, and I get to speak at the Town Hall to the religious folk. I thought John 7 would be timely and appropriate.
Helpful links are Bible History, Jews For Jesus and TedM adds a nice thought - that Jesus was born in a stable ("sukkah" in Hebrew) which is the singular form of Sukkot. Jesus enters the Sukkot in the same way he enters the world.
We will finish off with Isaiah 12:2-3, which was read out when the water and wine were poured out during the Feast.
"Surely God is my salvation
I will trust and not be afraid
The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song
he has become my salvation
With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation"
Have a great Sunday everyone. Appreciate prayer for this morning.