About Andrew Blair

Living in Maroubra Australia. Carer for my wife Jessica. Simple web designer and Administrator; photographer, artist and theologian. We now attend the Uniting Church in Maroubra Junction where we are very happy. My greatest desire is to serve God in the capacity of an Interfaith dialoguer since this seems to be my calling since 1997

Hugged by a hut – sukkot

Hugged by a Hut

Sukkot Succoth/sʊˈkəʊt,ˈsʌkəθ/ 1. סוכות

Sukkoth
Exodus 12:37, initially the Name of a place
37 The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Sukkoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. Undoubtedly the High holiday of Sukkoth is named for this place. “Scripture tells us that it is the first station” Numbers Chapter 33 בְּמִדְבַּר gives all of the Stations

Exodus 12:37 New International Version

Leviticus 23:33–44; Zechariah 14:16–21, Nehemiah 8:13ff)

2.A harvest festival – The holiday celebrates the farmer’s yearly harvest, which takes place in the fall. Sukkot also commemorates the biblical story of the Jews’ escape from Egypt. They wandered for 40 years through the desert, living in temporary shelters.

https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/sukkot-a-jewish-celebration-of-fall

13 On the second day of the month, the heads of all the families, along with the priests and Levites, gathered around Ezra the scribe to study the words of the Law. 14 And they found written in the Law, which the LORD had commanded through Moses, that the Israelites were to dwell in booths during the feast of the seventh month. Nehemiah 8:13

https://biblehub.com/bsb/nehemiah/8.htm#13

Just a smattering of texts here;the week of Sukkot during which Jews dwell in sukkah, a visible sign of God’s disposition, is a time when the divine embraces the mundane. Yet it signifies that life outside of Sukkah can become a divine embrace.

Is Jesus the divine Embrace

KJV + Strong’s The Word Made His Dwelling among Us (Psalm 84:1-12) 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt ( Tabernacled) among (in, on, at, by, with)us,(hémin: our, for us, we.)

John 1:14 – Καὶ ὁ Λόγος σὰρξ ἐγένετο καὶ ἐσκήνωσεν ἐν ἡμῖν  , There has always been a tendency to seek parallels, alliterations’ within the First Testament – the Hebrew Scriptures that connect Christians to them.

Indeed I hypothesise that since Jesus was the first and and final dweller in a Tabernacle, therefore he is the Divine Embrace, he came and lived among them and they knew him not. God incarnate was not to be recognised by a people struggling with obeying the One they knew as ‘the Name’. The one whose Name was above every Name – confused yet.

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross. Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name above all names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,…

Philippians 2:9 https://biblehub.com/philippians/2-9.htm

Sorting God out is something Christians have struggled to do since he walked the earth (one becoming two for simplicity’s sake)with his disciples, prior to the incarnation God was pretty simple there was God, the generic term for deity, which for the Jews slowly became the One and the Spirit the Agent in the world.

God had various titles and attributes over the centuries until the People recognised the all in the One. God revealed the Personal Name to Moses, “Ehyeh asher ehyeh (I will be what I will be), yet did not wish the Hebrews to say it, hence the explanation from Rashi

“I will be who I will be:(אהיה אשר אהיה:) I will be with them in this trouble that I will be with them in bondage” Tell them Ehyeh (I will be, אני אהיה) has sent you. As David elucidates ( “O Lord, Your name is forever; O Lord, the mention of Your name is for every generation” (Ps. 135:14). — [from Pes. 50a]) this is to mean LORD. The Tetragrammaton,(YHWH) short for Yahweh, is written without the vav , the W, meaning the LORD’s Name is to be hidden, secret, unspoken.

This may seem complicated to us or even unnecessary yet it reveals to us the LORD who is mystery and whose name we must not speak aloud because it is ineffable and to call someone by their full name is as though to ‘Own’ them. The LORD who is indivisible whose became incarnate as Yahshua, Yahweh (Yah) is salvation (Shua) – The LORD our Salvation, the one and only indivisible God.

So yes, Yahshua is the Divine Embrace who hugs us when we draw aside to remember our History, our own Stages of emergence from the wilderness of Egypt to the Promise of lIfe everlasting because Yahshua embraced a Tree and the LORD died that we might live.

LORD = Yahweh

Reading: Shemot – Exodus – Chapter 3 with Rashi’s Commentary