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The Spirit of Self Sacrifice in the   Celebration of Succoth (Feast of Tabernacles)
by Marshall Beeber

This   study is a combination of two studies given to a small   group of believers by Marshall Beeber at Congregation Beth Messiah of Philadelphia,   pastored by   Rev. Herb Links in Sept   and October of 1990.  The initial study "The Spirit   of Self Sacrifice in the Celebration of Succoth" is   followed by "The Logic of Self Sacrifice".  I   updated this study with reference links to an online NIV   Bible translation, although you may want to bring your   own Bible if you are more comfortable with your own   translation.


1. 0ld Covenant references to the celebration of Succoth:
a.   Lev. 23: 34-43
b.   Ex. 23: 16
2. Significance of Succoth   celebrations in relation to the right sacrificial attitude:
a. Yom Kippur (5 days after)
b. Gathering of the fall harvest   and a sacrifice of first fruits
c. A day of rest (Sabbath)
d. Joyous celebrations
e. Seven days
f. Holy convocation (trumpet   blown, water poured, singing of Great Hallel (Ps 113-118)
3. Significance of the   tabernacle, booth or succoth
a. Vulnerable
b. Of this earth (temporary)
c. Dependent upon God for food,   water, and shelter.
d. Fruits and plants covering   booth (God's provision)

4. Messiah's teaching during   Succoth
a.   John 7:16-18 Authority to   teach and wisdom are not his own.
b.   John 7: 24 Stop judging by   appearances
c.   John 7: 37-43 "lf   anyone is   thirsty, let him come to me and drink...
5. Significance of Yeshua's   teaching
a. Done one the 7th day of   Succoth, signifying God's perfection, completion and rest from his work. Messiah   Himself is that rest, perfection and completion. Yeshua will bring   rest to the believer (no more striving in in the flesh)       and one day soon He   will bring rest, perfection and completion to this entire world. (Is 35:   1-2,   Zech. 8:23,   Gen. 49:8-16)
b. Succoth has a strong   reference to the Millennium and the reign of Messiah over all the earth. Succoth will   one day be celebrated in the Millennium throughout the earth. (Zech. 14:   16-19)

6.   Summary: In the Messiah Yeshua   (Jesus) we can be confident of our redemption and rejoice, being at rest with   God. Succoth signifies to those believers in Messiah, the joy,   thankfulness and peace we can all have through Yeshua's atoning   sacrifice.

7. The Logic of Self Sacrifice
a.  Self Sacrifice In A World Dying   0f Selfishness
 "He is no fool, who will give up   what he can't keep to gain what he cannot lose"  quote   by    Jim Elliot
b.  Why the world is dying to hear   the Gospel!
   c.    Why believers in the Messiah   Jesus must have the right sacrificial attitude to truly have any effect   on the world.
d.  Counterfeits 0f Godly Self   Sacrifice
   hedonistic sacrifice
secular humanistic sacrifice
luke-warm sacrifice
legalistic sacrifice
impure sacrifice
   vicarious sacrifice
   fearful sacrifice
e. Presenting one's "free will   offering"
f.  Presenting an acceptable   "sacrifice for sin"
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