Bethlehem' Secret
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In the New Covenant, just before the crucifixion, Yeshua not only used bread as a symbol for His flesh in the Lord's Supper, but He also compared himself to the manna God sent from heaven to the Israelites in the desert (John 6:32-33, 48-51).

The flesh or meat of the animal sacrifices of the Levitical priesthood also symbolized Yeshua's sacrifice on the cross as fulfillment of the Torah's requirement for the remission of sin. John the apostle said that Yeshua was "the Word (that) became flesh and dwelt among us ..." making Yeshua both the bread from heaven and the word that became flesh (John 1:14).

The prophet Micah foretold that the birthplace of the Messiah would be in Bethlehem of Judah (Micah 5:2). While Bethlehem in Hebrew means "House of Bread", in Arabic it means "House of Meat", or "flesh."

Coincidence?


Bethlehem' Secret
by Jonathan Moore, , Ahavat Yesua Congregation

God commanded Israel to keep certain appointed times. During one of these holidays we are even supposed to make temporary dwelling places and yet again remember leaving Egypt. It's been an awfully long time since we left Egypt. And Passover is all about remembering our deliverance ... so WHY?!

Why do we need the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) and what relevance does it have to you and me? Let's first remember that it had several purposes even in the days of Moses, as set out in the following three consecutive verses:

Cancelling of Debts

"At the end of every seven years, in the set time of the year of cancelling debts, during the feast of Sukkot ..." (Deuteronomy 31:10).

Coming before God

"When all Israel comes to appear before Adonai your God in the place He chooses ... Gather the people ..." (Deuteronomy 31:11, 12).

Reading the Word

"... you are to read this Torah before them in their hearing" (Deuteronomy 31:11).

In congregation Ahavat Yeshua we have gathered together during Sukkot as a congregation every year at least once to celebrate. But this year in addition to coming together and reading from our Torah scroll we took another step in fulfilling the Biblical significance of Sukkot.

The prophet Zechariah foretold of a time when all nations will ascend to Jerusalem every year to "worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep Sukkot" (Zechariah 14:16).

Last year we noticed that so many visitors came to join us during this appointed time that we could hardly fit in our meeting hall. This year we took a leap of faith and rented a facility more than twice as large as our normal space ... with great success! We estimate about 300 people attended our service which normally has about 100-120 people. We departed from our normal practice of only speaking Hebrew from the stage by providing English translation from the front. It was an amazing privilege to host the nations and see an expression of prophecy fulfilled. So while Israel may not need another holiday to remember leaving Egypt, we do see that this holiday is meant for connecting the nations to Israel and giving us the opportunity to host all our friends!

Maybe you will join us next year?

This article was previously published on October 4th 2017 here on the Revive Israel website

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