“Then on the second day the heads of fathers’ households of all the people, the priests and the Levites were gathered to Ezra the scribe that they might gain insight into the words of the law. They found written in the law how the LORD had commanded through Moses that the sons of Israel should live in booths during the feast of the seventh month.”
Nehemiah 8:13-14 NASB
It calls my attention how the people of Israel used to live. In the past, since back in Abraham’s time, Israelites used to live in booths or tents. They went to Egypt and eventually got slaved. Later, God set them free again and as they went to the wilderness, they dwelled in booths and tents again.
The three greatest festival commanded by God to the Israelites are: the Passover (Easter), Pentecost and the Tabernacle (tent/booth in Hebrew). And God commanded that during the Tabernacle’s Festival::
“‘You shall live in booths for seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall live in booths, so that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.’” So Moses declared to the sons of Israel the appointed times of the LORD.”
Leviticus 23:42-44 NASB
Living in tents was a reminder. Not for what occurred in the past but it was a reminder about our final destination. When we build houses instead of setting tents, unconsciously we set where we are as our final destination.
“By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”
Hebrews 11:8-10 NASB
Abraham was able to keeping moving, following God’s direction for his life. And even when he was living in the promised land, he lived there in tents because he did not want to live a life with final destination on earth but in heavens.
It is not wrong to build houses or settle down where we are now. But we must be careful. Our houses or possessions should not be a barrier for us to move on.
Don’t be afraid to abandon things that we have built along the way in order to follow God’s plans and promises for us. Live a life where our final destination isn’t here but heavens.
Jesus, today Typhoon Hagibis is hitting Kanto area. I pray for your protection upon the lives of our family and friends. I also pray for those that was damaged to the last typhoon and still recovering and need to face this new disaster. Mayb you give us peace in the midst of the storms.