Sundown this evening marks the end of the Feast of Tabernacles and the start of the Shemini Atzeret or Eighth Day Sabbath (literally "assembly of the eighth [day]"). It is symbolic of our eternal rest (end of the seven-day cycle of time) in the New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem. According to Jewish tradition, after the Tabernacles, God invites His people to stay on for another day/Sabbath (eternity!) for a more intimate celebration.
The Simchat Torah ("rejoicing of the Torah") is also celebrated on this day to mark end of the Torah reading cycle. It is therefore apt that our next lesson will bring us through the rest of the Pentateuch or Torah as well as the book of Joshua as we look at "Israel the Kingdom of God."
As we continue our study of God's Word, may we discover true fellowship with the King!
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