On the last night of Sukkot this year, many of us sat around a campfire and discussed the kingdom. The Canadian campers, whose camp we invaded, knew exactly how to build an enviable fire. It was self-sustaining. The smoke rose straight up – as it did at the ancient Temple. Everything was set. Then, in the glow of the fire, I led the discussion of the kingdom.
Yeshua’s primary message concerned the kingdom. Near the beginning of ministry, He publicized the fact that He was sent to proclaim the kingdom (Luke 4:43). Near the end of His ministry, He affirmed the kingdom. “I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom,” He explained in Matthew 26:29. The Messiah continued His kingdom talk even after He resurrected. In fact, He spent forty days with the disciples to speak of things pertaining to the kingdom (Acts 1:3).
Our group discussed the kingdom. Did we enter the kingdom through obedience, or by the Ruach haKodesh - the Holy Spirit? Was it the Spirit who kept us in the kingdom, or was it our obedience to the commandments? These questions, and more, occupied our discussion for two hours. Since Yeshua never defined what He meant by the kingdom, we explored all issues.
In our kingdom fireside chat, His Divine Presence was undeniable. We could feel His kingdom around us. Each of us returned home after Sukkot, revived by a fresh sense of Elohim’s reign in our hearts. To understand how the Feast of Tabernacles is our yearly reminder of the kingdom, click here.
Published October 9, 2018