I’m writing this during the Feast of Tabernacles, which is the fall feast mentioned in Leviticus Chapter 23. The feast brings with it two purposes. The first is a remembrance for the Children of Israel of how Yahweh made them to dwell in booths for the 40 years they were in the wilderness prior to entering the Promised Land.
During those years the Children of Israel were provided their daily food by supernatural events. Each morning, they would find that a fine substance had collected on the ground like frost. They would gather this substance and make flour from it for bread. When they asked Moses what it was, he said it was bread from heaven and named it manna.
Yahweh also caused a strong wind to blow flocks of quail around the perimeter of the camp of the Children of Israel each evening so they would have meat to dine on.
This situation went on daily for 40 years. It only stopped once they entered the Promised Land before taking Jericho.
So, when Yahweh tells us that the Feast of Tabernacles is a remembrance of when the Israelites dwelt in booths for 40 years, He is really saying, “I want you to remember that when you walk with me, I will always take care of you.”
The second part of Tabernacles has to do with why it’s called the feast of ingathering. It’s a celebration for when the Children of Israel had finished bringing in all the fruits of their labor for the year. At this time, they would pause for seven days and rejoice, acknowledging that all their provisions had come from Yahweh.
In Deuteronomy 16:15, The I.S.R. Scripture version says in regards to Tabernacles:
“For seven days you shall celebrate to Yahweh your Elohim in the place which Yahweh Chooses, because Yahweh your Elohim does bless you in all your increase and in all the work of your hands, and you shall only be rejoicing.”
Tabernacles is one of my family’s favorite holidays. But this year, we have an increase that is a major cause for rejoicing. It stems from a closing that happened today where we sold a house. This wasn’t just any house. It was one we named “Kaleigh’s House.”
Kaleigh is my younger sister and she has stage 3 Lyme’s disease — the worst it can be.
Lyme’s is a particularly debilitating chronic disease that, left untreated, can become terminal. And it often goes untreated due to lack of knowledge of the disease and the fact that insurance doesn’t cover the non-traditional treatments that have the greatest success at subduing it.
Kaleigh got diagnosed only to find that her treatments wouldn’t be covered.
When we found this out, Ashley and I went to work to find a house that could help pay for Kaleigh’s treatments. We located one and got started on the process of flipping it.
What happened next, was overwhelming.
Friends started showing up willing to volunteer to help Kaleigh out. Matt and Candice Beavers came over and did all the demo work. Then Matt came back when we had a painting party and helped me, my Mom and Dad paint most of the interior. Our congregation even offered to come paint, but because of scheduling issues, we had to let my guys finish it up.
John and Dylan Hyde, some of the best countertop men around, discounted their rate to put the new counter tops in. And one of my best friends, who happens to be a rock star real estate agent, Houston Long, listed Kaleigh’s House at cost.
With all of your help, we were able to put an extra $10,000 towards Kaleigh’s expenses that we had not anticipated. And I have to tell you that that increase is cause for rejoicing.
I’d like to say this to all that helped us. In the words of Aaron the priest, for your selflessness, I pray that Yahweh will bless you and guard you. That Yahweh will make his face to shine upon you and show favor to you. And that Yahweh will lift up His face upon you and give you perfect peace.
Joe and Ashley English buy houses and mobile homes in Northwest Georgia. For more information or to ask a question, go to www.cashflowwithjoe.com or call Joe at 678-986-6813.