How do I say this in a way that isn’t blasphemous? We serve a, um, unique God!
To be completely honest, I think He is just plain unpredictable at times. Want proof? God sets up a series of celebrations and ceremonies each year, most of them including feasts and fasts and sacrifices. Normal religious stuff. But one of them includes everyone in His nation building little tents and shelters and living in them. For a week! Arts and crafts as part of the Torah? What?
I can only imagine how the dialogue might have gone:
God: “EVERY YEAR THOU SHALT BUILD LITTLE TENT SHELTER THINGS AND LIVE IN THEM FOR SEVEN DAYS!”
Moses, “Um, oK……Are you being serious, or are you messing with me?”
God: “YES, I’M SERIOUS! QUIT LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT OR I MAY SMITE THEE!”
That’s definitely not how it went, and I mean no disrespect. But it still strikes me as strange that the holiday was an arts and crafts project. But there is a method to this silliness. This feast, like all of the Old Testament fasts and feasts, reveals that God is a masterful teacher. His lesson plans have a clear scope and sequence, with a multi-sensory and experiential tool kit designed to promote comprehension in both remedial and advanced learners. (If you are a real teacher you probably know that I just made that sentence up. My point is that He uses experiences and our 5 senses to drive a point home and make it interesting to young and old alike.)
God was passionate about helping His people to remember. To remember Him, first and foremost, but also to remember the slavery and suffering from which He freed them. Each of the fasts and feasts became a lasting object lesson as part of their year-long curriculum.
What are you doing to help your kids remember? Does it engage all 5 senses? When they grow up, what will they remember? Use these Old Testament holidays as part of your curriculum.
Here is another post about the Feast of Tents:
It’s All Temporary
Do you see the world around you as temporary, or permanent? Don’t let the temporary ebbs and flows of this life captivate you, or get you down. On this feast of tents, let’s celebrate the fact that we can look forward to a permanent home!
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