Welcome to Feast of Tabernacles 2019. For some of us, we may have lost count on the number of feasts we have attended, but for others, this will be our first. Regardless of how many you have attended, on behalf of the Feast Planning Committee (FPC), I just want to extend a warm welcome to everyone. To borrow a cliché we often hear at feast sites, “may this be your best feast ever.” The FPC is working hard to ensure you have that experience.
This year, we have chosen the theme, “Learn to Fear the Eternal.” We are gathered here at God’s command because we fear Him (not afraid of Him), but in reverence for who He is, to honour and praise Him as the ONLY TRUE and LIVING God. We are not, and should not be, like the world that does not fear Him or does not hold Him in high esteem.
As “you rejoice, you and your households,” let us keep our theme in mind. As you hear the messages, as you greet another saint of the coming kingdom, and as you appear before the Eternal in obedience to His command, let us in all humility, learn and grow in grace knowing that at some point in the fullness of time, we will be living out the Feast of Tabernacles in an everlasting environment.
For sure, our sin-sick world holds promises, but they are like broken cisterns. It holds nothing real and everlasting – it whirls a vicious cycle of grief, sorrow and pain. Learning to fear YAHWEH holds all the promises one cannot ever perceive. They are unimaginable, yet they are real. “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him,” (1 Cor. 2:9).
Coming to the FOT is but a mere taste of what lies ahead for those who fear the Eternal. It’s a far stretch, a formidable task, to ever imagine in the flesh to visualize or comprehend what the GREAT GOD has in store for us.
We pray earnestly that all of us, after having spent eight days at God’s festival, will not walk away from here “empty handed,” or void of any spiritual lesson that often comes with feast attendance. We hope lessons will be learned. We hope experiences will teach us some things we did not grasp in learning to fear the Eternal. We hope a common bond of unity, love, and respect for one another; will be our take way from this feast site. When we would have done that, then we can say we have made a giant leap to Learn to Fear the Eternal and experience “the best Feast ever.”
Horane Smith - Coordinator, Feast Planning Committee (FPC)
Hosted by: 2018 Canadian Feast Committee
(Picture Gallery below features some highlights from last year's Feast)