Preaching at the Last Day of the Festival

Dangitt – i just lost my long blog post on my message today – (i am preaching at the Baptist church in Stromness. – 11:15 in the Town Hall)

Ecto crashed and i had not saved it. Danggitt!!!! And i dont have time to repeat myself. But the similarities between the visual and motion aspects of the Feast of Tabernacles and many emerging church/alt. worship events are striking.

Images of branches, fruit, water, wine. Processions to the Pool of Siloam and through the Water Gate, with background ambience of flutes and chanting of Pslam 118 – all very familiar.

Anyway, I will tell the story about when Jesus went to the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) and on the last day, spoke about water. There is a weird parallel – our largest festival has just finished, people are packing up, and I get to speak at the Town Hall to the religious folk. I thought John 7 would be timely and appropriate.

Helpful links are Bible History, Jews For Jesus and TedM adds a nice thought – that Jesus was born in a stable (“sukkah” in Hebrew) which is the singular form of Sukkot. Jesus enters the Sukkot in the same way he enters the world.

We will finish off with Isaiah 12:2-3, which was read out when the water and wine were poured out during the Feast.

“Surely God is my salvation

I will trust and not be afraid

The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song

he has become my salvation

With joy you will draw water

from the wells of salvation”

Have a great Sunday everyone. Appreciate prayer for this morning.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • the blicks says:

    Graham (Ant) and I are praying now that the Lord will have His way and speak powerfully through you in an hour, Andrew. I am meditating on the texts you mentioned. Be bold, be strong, for the Lord your God is with you.
    Tony preached on Exodus 14 and we’re freshly reminded of God’s faithfulness in keeping His promises. One of our homegroup members came to Christ during one of your sermons at NorthBeach and can remember the content clearly. Be encouraged. love from the blicks

  • Adriaan says:

    Woah, wait a minute, ecto crashed? Please send me the crashlog in ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/ cos it shouldn’t crash, obviously…

  • Mike B. says:

    Hoe your preaching went well. Thanks for the useful links.I’m always thankful for knowing some jewish background.
    Be blessed
    Mike from Basel

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    A sukkah may be kosher even if it has less than three complete walls. It is customary to build a sukkah with four complete walls.
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    The height of the sukkah walls
    The walls should be a minimum of 80cm high. They do not have to reach the height of the schach. It is permitted to support the schach on wooden posts. The remaining space may be left open. The schach should preferably reach the line directly above the wall. The walls should not be more than 24 cm above ground.
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    Most of the sukkah roof must be covered with roofing material that is kosher according to the halachic law of the sukkah. One should have more schach than open space. The way to determine if there is enough schach covering is to look at the sky through the roof: if you see more sun than shade then the roof is not kosher.

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