Nu? News September 2009 – Sukkot as a Picture of the Two Comings of Messiah
By Rabbi Barney Kasdan
We have all heard the questions from our Jewish friends or family: If Yeshua (Jesus) is the real Messiah, why didn’t he fulfill all the promises of the Scriptures? Why are there still wars and problems if the Messiah has already come? Good questions indeed if you stop and think about it! Yet many of us have found sufficient answers as we began to study the Scriptures more carefully. Although many of our people presume that Yeshua cannot fit the description of the Messiah, even the classical rabbis could see that the larger question of Mashiach was not so easily answered. The fact is that there appears to be two contrasting pictures of what the Messiah would do when he comes to Israel. No doubt, the Mashiach would establish an everlasting kingdom of peace and blessing with headquarters in Jerusalem (cf. Isaiah 11; Micah 4). Yet, in seeming opposition to this, many other Scriptures speak of a suffering Messiah who is rejected by many people (cf.Isaiah 53; Daniel 9).
Many of the early rabbis were puzzled by these statements and wondered how could these two aspects could possibly be reconciled in one person. A proposed solution is put forth various times that there must be in fact two different Messiahs coming to fulfill the two differing job descriptions. They called the King Messiah “Mashiach Ben David” since he would be the greater son of David. The suffering one was designated as “Mashiach Ben Yosef” since he appears to suffering much in the same manner as Joseph (Jacob’s son) in the book of Genesis (cf. Babylonian Talmud Sukkah 52a). As we approach the High Holy Days, I believe there is some important evidence that is often overlooked in regard to Messiah’s two-fold ministry. Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles), besides being a celebration of the fall harvest, is also understood to be a prophetic picture of
the Kingdom of Messiah. We build our Sukkot/temporary huts to remind us of the great truth that the day is coming when Messiah will “dwell or tabernacle” in our midst and fulfill the promises as the son of David. This must be the reason that Prophets foretell of the kingdom celebration of this feast among all the redeemed, both Jew and non-Jew:
“Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles” (Zechariah 14:16).
It makes sense that Sukkot will be the preeminent feast in the kingdom since Messiah is now dwelling with his people!
Yet within this Fall feast is also hidden the secondary aspect of Messiah’s work; namely his suffering for the atonement of our sins. This means that there must be some kind of connection between Sukkot and the first coming of the Messiah as we Messianic Jews would see it. I find it interesting that there has always been some debate about when Yeshua was actually born in the world. Most Western Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25 as the designated day to remember the Messiah’s first coming. Perhaps many people, both Jews and Gentiles, have overlooked the important holy day of Tabernacles as God’s time to celebrate the first coming of Messiah as well? As the Jewish believer wrote in the first century:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with G-d, and the Word was G-d…And the Word became flesh and dwelt (literally, tabernacled) among us…” (John 1:1,14).
How perfect! As the writer thinks of the first coming of Yeshua, he makes the connection to our ancient feast of Sukkot. Indeed, Messiah dwelt with his people at his first coming to Israel as Ben Yosef. Through his death and resurrection, Yeshua of Nazareth is able to fulfill the other aspect of the Messianic call as Ben David. He is returning soon to complete the whole plan of the Father.
So which is it? Two Messiah’s fulfilling the two missions or one Messiah coming two different times? As we wave the Lulav (palm branch) and dwell in the Sukkah this year, may G-d confirm the answer in our hearts. We at Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue invite you to join us in a joyous celebration of our High Holy Days in light of the fulfillment through Yeshua
HaMashiach. Hag Sameyach!
Sept 12 Saturday, 6:00pm. Israeli Surf Movie Fundraiser. The Walking On Water ministry is presenting a family surf movie event that will also be a fundraiser for their next project in Israel. Special guests, a raffle and refreshments. $5 at the door. Invite any friends who love surfing and/or Israel!
Sept 18 Friday, 7:30 pm. Erev Rosh Hashanah Service. Usher in the spiritual New Year celebrating the goodness of Messiah! This will be a traditional service including a special message on the importance of the holiday for all believers in Yeshua. Special Note: All High Holy Day Services are free but reservations are required for non-members. Call the KA office.
Sept 19 Saturday, 10:30 am. Rosh Hashanah Morning Service. We will continue in prayer and meditation at this traditional service.
Sept 20 Sunday, 2:00 pm. Tashlich Service at La Jolla Shores. Join us for this beautiful time as we cast bread crumbs into the sea to remind us of the important truths of the High Holiday season, “Thou will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19). We will also have an immersion service for new believers in Messiah. Bring your chair (and bread crumbs) and meet us on the grassy area by the main lifeguard tower.
Sept 27 Sunday, 7:30 pm. Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Service. We will have a special assembly for this holiest day of the biblical calendar. We are encouraging a day of congregational fasting starting sundown Sunday through sundown Monday as we pray for our spiritual lives and for our people of Israel. Special Note: In the spirit of “tzedakah” (helping others), we are suggesting that all worshipers bring to service some package food items or a check donation which will in turn be given to help a ministry to the homeless. It would be fitting to donate the value of the amount which we would normally would have eaten when not fasting.
Sept 28 Monday, 10:30 am. Yom Kippur Morning Service. We will continue in prayer and fasting at this traditional service.
Sept 28 Monday, 5:30 pm. Neilah Service. The closing service followed by a potluck at 6:30 pm to “break our fast.” ring your favorite dairy dish to share with all.
Oct 3 Saturday, 10:30 am. Sukkot Service. Join us for this exciting praise service as we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. We will construct our own Sukkah (please bring greenery and fruit to decorate) and there will be a great time of Davidic worship and praise. There will also be a special message on the significance of the holy day for all believers in Messiah.
Oct 10 Saturday, 10:30 am. Simchat Torah Service. This will be a fitting close to the fall Holy Days as we “rejoice in the Torah.”There will be plenty of music as we celebrate God’s gift of the Word.
Nov 14 Saturday, 7:30 pm. Kehilat Ariel Fundraiser Celebration. Mark this date for this fun celebration as we reflect on G-d’s faithfulness to our messianic synagogue over the years. A special dramatic play will be presented with music and refreshments. More info coming.
Shabbat Morning Services: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “The Messianic Jewish Walk” which is a study of the New Covenant book of First Corinthians from a Jewish perspective.
Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for ages 2 through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.
Dance Ministry Dance workshop every other month at 1:30 pm meeting upstairs. Contact our office for the latest information.
Midweek Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego: Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 on Tuesday. From 7:00-8:30 Current class : “Beginning Hebrew–A Study in Zechariah” through Sept. 15. New class starting October 6 “Biblical Archaeology.” The MJISD classes can lead to a certificate of Messianic Jewish Studies. Call for information.
Adult Shabbat Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This “Survey of the Torah” class will take you through the Parsha in one year. Currently in Devarim/Deuteronomy. There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time.
Rabbi Barney Kasdan
Kehilat Ariel Zekeynim/Elders
Barney Kasdan Barney Kasdan
Valerie Cooper Rome Remigio
Luis Garibay Frank Rosas
Luis Garibay Paty Garibay
Donna Jacobson Murray Jacobson
Eric Kragenbrink Mark Rantz
Joanne Kragenbrink Debbie Remigio
Joan Savarese Tony Savarese
Jeannie Stinton Michael Stinton
Audio: Gabe Pacheco
Dance: Diana Martin
Facilities: Jim Scarborough
International: Joseph & Yrena Rollins
Library: John Dorsey
Music: Eric and Joanne Kragenbrink
Newsletter: David Kasdan
Office: Donna Jacobson
Oneg: Maria Montelongo
Outreach: Tony Savarese
Singles: Ken Nilsen
Resource Center: Alice Hoover
Translation: Paty Garibay
Tzedakah: Elisabth Sant’ana
Ushers: Mark Rantz
TV Program: Lety Levi
Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton
Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, (619)501-7778, every Fri, 6:30 pm.
Carlsbad, Joseph & Yrena Rollins, (760)931-1298, 1st & 3rd Thurs. 7:00 pm.
Encinitas, Michael & Jan Folb, (760)436-8828, 2nd & 4th Weds. 7:00 pm.
Escondido, Mark & Kathy Rantz, (760)294-9619, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm.
Hitlakdut (age 18-25), Jami Robins, (847)209-3353, every other Thurs, 6:00pm.
Men’s Club (at KA), Rome Remigio, (858)279-4073, 1st & 3rd Mon, 7pm
Singles, Ken Nilsen, (619)618-9705, 1st & 3rd Fri, 6:30pm.
KA Youth Group: The KA Youth (All teens) meet weekly on Shabbat for study and fellowship. They also meet on Tuesday nights, 6:30-8:30 pm, to hang out and have Bible study. Talk to the Stinton’s about some great upcoming social outings.
Messiah TV: Check out Kehilat Ariel outreach TV program which has been shown from San Diego to New York! Mondays, 6:30pm. Check your local listings on Time Warner cable.
Mazel Tov to Ellis Stele on his beautiful Bar Mitzvah August 8. The synagogue was filled with many family and friends.
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