- Leviticus 22:26 - 23:44 Exodus 33:12 - 34:26 Deuteronomy 33:1 - 34:12 Genesis 1:1 - 2:3
- Zechariah 14:1 - 21
I Kings 8:2 - 21
Ezekiel 38:18 - 39:16
Joshua 1:1 - 18
Since the eight days of Sukkot extend over a Sabbath, a special Parashah is read on that weekend. A number of other passages are also read during the festival week. From among these, we find the following to be of special significance:
1st Day of Sukkot:
Torah: Leviticus 22:26-23:44
Haftarah: Zechariah 14:1-21
2nd Day of Sukkot:
Haftarah: I Kings 8:2-21
Shabbat Chol haMoed (Sabbath falling within the Festival):
The Book of Ecclesiastes
Torah: Exodus 33:12-34:26
Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18-39:16
Simchat Torah (“The Joy of Torah!”):
Torah: Deuteronomy 33:1—34:12, Genesis 1:1—2:3
Haftarah: Joshua 1:1-18
During this joyous celebration, the Torah Scrolls are opened, the final portion from Deuteronomy is read—then the scroll is rolled back to Beresheet—“In the Beginning.” It is a time for rejoicing in a God who has not remained silent, but has revealed Himself to the descendants of Adam by the release of instruction (Hebrew: torah) and laws by which we are to live.
PLEASE PRAY: That as another year of passing through the weekly Parashot draws to an end and is begun again—the Living Word, through which this Torah was released to Moses, would be revealed to those who read it. That even as Yeshua did to His disciples after he was raised from the dead (Luke 24:44-45), He would open the minds of Jews around the world to understand what is written about Him in the Torah (Genesis-Deuteronomy), the Nevi’im (Prophets), and the Tehilim (Psalms).
It is significant that the Haftarah readings for both the first day of Sukkot and for the following Sabbath include calamitous occurrences of the last days when nations will unite to come against Israel. In the holy, righteous, divine judgments released during those days, the LORD “will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am YHVH, the Holy One in Israel” (Ezekiel 39:7; Emphasis ours). Israel will come to know the holy name of her God in her midst (“Yeshua”—a name which historically most of Israel has refused to know, means “Yehovah—“The LORD” Saves”). Nations will be required to acknowledge that this Holy One still chooses to identify Himself with and in the land and people of Israel. The Zechariah passage teaches that this acknowledgment will be exemplified by the nations coming annually to Jerusalem to participate in the Feast of Sukkot (Zechariah 14:16-19).
As a prophetic anticipation of this, the streets of Jerusalem are filled each Sukkot with thousands of believers from the nations joining together in various places to worship, praise and to pray.
AS WE MAKE OUR WAY THROUGH THIS JOYOUS WEEK OF SUKKOT 5780, PLEASE PRAY:
*For divine protection over Israel during this week of rejoicing. Pray protection both for native Israelis and for those from the nations who are joining us for the Feast.
*That many Israelis discover that in order truly to “rejoice before the LORD for seven days” they must come first into relationship with the One who came that their “joy might be full”.
*For God’s presence to be in the “sukkot” of Messianic believers where many will have their daily devotions during this week. Many will also invite their neighbors to pay a visit there.
*For safety and a great blessing over all the believers from the Nations who are coming up to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast. Pray that they release what God would have them release, and receive what He would have them receive while they are here. Pray for understanding and graciousness on behalf of Israelis to welcome and be thankful for their presence here at this time.
*Many Orthodox Jews follow a mystical Jewish tradition calling for special hospitality: during this festival the spirits of various Patriarchs and rabbis are said to sometimes arrive “spiritually” or unannounced as visitors (Ushpazin) to the sukkot of the faithful. Some streams actually list varying orders in which these visitors will arrive each evening.
We do not hold to this teaching, considering it to be an opening for occult spiritual deception. Yet, we find it in some ways reminiscent of the admonition to early Messianic believers, that they “not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2).
A TRULY HOLY VISITOR
PLEASE PRAY: That this week the awakening, illuminating, convicting Holy Spirit of Yeshua (whom the Patriarchs themselves longed to see) will truly visit many Jews in their sukkot throughout the world!
[Next week begins the reading of the Torah anew! Beresheet—“In the Beginning.” TORAH: Genesis 1-6:8. HAFTARAH: Isaiah 42:5—43:10]