Day 2 began at sundown on Saturday 10/3/2020.
On This the Second Day of Sukkot, Nehemiah Era (6th Century BC Jerusalem)
Chag Sukkot simchat, shalom mishpocha. We give a shout of praise up to Father Adonai today. May joy fill you on the second day of this seven day long feast of YHVH.
V’Yiqara 23 (Leviticus)
33 Then[bh] Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the Israelites,[bi] saying, ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, this shall be the Feast of Booths for seven days for Yahweh.
It is His moed (feast day) He says. Feast days also mean in Hebrew appointed dates. We come together in joy to honor our Father Elohiym. For all seven days, the worshipers are to present an offering made by fire to YHVH. In the New Covenant, it does not mean a barbeque by fire. It means for us to present clean and sin-free offerings to God for Him to inspect and grade as we go about Father’s business. Christ has already made it clear that the real food is His Father’s business. And as a people set apart for His purpose, it is our pleasure to long for Father to grade us upon our presentation of our assignments.
That is why we all must be worshipful during these seven days to honor Adonai by checking our deeds and esp. those deeds that we carry out in the command of Christ.
According to the biblical narrative, Zerubbabel was a governor of the Achaemenid Empire’s province Yehud Medinata and the grandson of Jeconiah, the second to last king of Judah descended from the House of David.
While Yom Kippur was all about affliction of the soul, Sukkot is all about having that joy coming to know that we emptied our soul 5 days ago for Father to pardon all of our confessed sins in the name of Y’shua our Redeemer. We are very grateful with thanksgiving for all that our Redeemer Y’shua accomplished on the cross and in His resurrection. So today, let us be reminded of Governor Nehemiah in the 6th century BC. The scene was in Jerusalem. Our ancestors were settled back in Judah and began to pick up the pieces by building the second and a more modest Temple. It is called the Zerubbabel Temple. According to the Tanakh, the glory of God, Kevod Adonai had never entered this temple construction until the days of Herod The Great, Yosef and Maryim brought the 8 day old Child to the Temple for dedication and for the Brith Mila (circumscision of the flesh).
9 Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all of the people, “This day is holy to Yahweh your God. Do not mourn nor weep.” For all of the people wept when they heard the words of the law.[f] 10 Then he said to them, “Go, eat festive food and drink sweet drinks, and send a share to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our lord. Do not be grieved because the joy of Yahweh is your refuge.” 11 So the Levites silenced all of the people, saying, “Silence, for this day is holy. Do not be grieved.” 12 All of the people went to eat, to drink, to send a share, and to have great joy because they understood the words that they had made known to them.
Festival of Booths
13 On the second day the heads of the families[g] of all the people, the priests, and the Levites gathered together to Ezra the scribe to study the words of the law.[h] 14 They found written in the law,[i] which Yahweh had commanded by the hand of Moses, that the Israelites[j] should live in booths during the festival of the seventh month, 15 and that they should proclaim and give voice in all of their cities in Jerusalem, saying, “Go out to the hill and bring olive tree branches, olive oil wood branches, myrtle shrub branches, palm tree branches, and other leafy tree branches to make booths, as it is written.” 16 So the people went out and brought them and made booths for themselves, each on his roof, in their courtyards, in the courtyards of the house of God, in the public square of the Water Gate, and in the public square of the Gate of Ephraim. 17 And all of the assembly of those who returned from captivity made booths and lived in the booths because the Israelites[k] had not done it from the days of Jeshua son of Nun until that day. And there was very great joy.