Feast of Tabernacles
(Leviticus 23: 33-44)
( This is the 'hut' or tabernacle that Bruce built ...........on the back of our garage)
33: Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, (34) " Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ' The fifteen day of this month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD. (35) On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. (36) For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made to the LORD by fire to the LORD. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it. (37) These are the feasts of the Lord which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering and a grain offering, everything on its day - (38) besides the Sabbaths of the LORD, besides your gifts, besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings which you give to the LORD. (39) Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the LORD for seven days; on the the first day there shall be a Sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a Sabbath-rest. (40) And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees and wills of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your GOD for seven days. (41) You shall keep it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. (42) You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, (43) that your generation may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I AM the LORD your GOD.' "
(44) So Moses declared to the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD. (King James Version)
Colossians 1:27 " To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."
Father God, thank you for loving me so much You reveal through your feasts that because of the precious blood of the Passover Lamb, I have come out of 'Egypt' and am now the 'tabernacle' or booth in which you dwell. Today, I rejoice and celebrate You! Halleluyah! Amen!
Feast of Tabernacles, like our Thanksgiving holiday (holy-day), is a season of celebrating the harvest. For believers in Yeshua (Jesus' Hebrew name), it's time to celebrate God coming to the earth in the form of a Jewish man to indwell (no longer are we "dwelling in booth's made with hands") His people - The Church - comprised of Jew and Gentile ('one new man') according to Ephesians 2:14,15. In the spirit of this thanksgiving to God for our bountiful Fall harvest - of souls for the Kingdom, and His blessing of provision
(salvation, and more) - this harvest recipe from my Feasts of Israel Cookbook provides warmth for the Body and soul.
Red Lentil Soup
I chose the most common type of red lentil, the Red Chief, for my Sukkot (Hebrew for "booths or hut's called "sukkuh's") soup. If you remember, Jacob's brother, Essau, traded his birthright for a bowl of this delicious broth.
Red lentils have a lovely salmon pink color but turn golden when cooked. These lentils cook faster than others. They're best in purees` or soups. While it's true that many chefs puree` their cooked lentils in a blender or immersion blender, Bruce and I prefer the rustic look, taste and texture of fresh carrots and tomatoes.
The delectable aroma of these lentils simmering in sauteed` onion, garlic, and cumin bubbling in chicken broth wafting through the air welcomes my husband, Bruce, home for his Sukkot supper. I'm serving the soup with organic salad, tomatoes, chunks of feta cheese and Mediterranean olives. A drizzle of olive oil and Balsamic vinegar works well as dressing and even as a dip for your loaf of warm crusty bread.
Bruce is outside now in the cool fall afternoon building our sukkah out of bamboo stalks he chopped down from our garden near the side of our house. These plants are quite prolific and come back every year. Instead of dining on mince and pieces of quince we ate with a runcible spoon, we'll have our first Feast of Tabernacles meal tonight in our sukkah. Here's my dinner preview of coming attractions:
1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, washed, peeled, rough chopped
5 to 6 cups chicken, or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups ( about 3/4 pound) red lentils
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes including juice
1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice ( fresh is best)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Put oil in large saucepan or soup pot. Over medium heat, saute` onions, garlic until tender ( stir frequently, being careful not to burn garlic.) Add carrots. Stir for a moment. Add 5 cups broth, Worcestershire, lentils, tomatoes, cumin and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer the soup, covered, for about 45 minutes, or until lentils are tender and soup thickens. If soup becomes too thick, add more broth. B'tayavon!