Thursday, October 18, 2012

Costa Rica Sukkot 2012

Shalom Mispocha in Messiah! I pray that you are being blessed
wherever you are and that YHVH is using you for His Glory. 

It is always a big blessing for Sukkot to come around, physically and spiritually.
Before we go into what we did, let us look into the Scriptures and
see the passages where this great Feast of YAH is found:

Leviticus 23:34-36, 39-43
“Speak to the children of Yisra’el, saying, ‘On the fifteenth day of this
 seventh month is the Festival of Booths for seven days to YHVH.
35 ‘On the first day is a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.
36 ‘For seven days you bring an offering made by fire to YHVH. On the eighth day there 

shall be a set-apart gathering for you, and you shall bring an offering made
 by fire to YHVH. It is a closing festival, you do no servile work.
‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you gather in the fruit of the land,
 observe the festival of YHVH for seven days. On the first day is a rest, and on the eighth day a rest.
40 ‘And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of good trees, branches of palm trees, 

twigs of leafy trees, and willows of the stream, and shall rejoice before YHVH your Elohim for seven days.
41 ‘And you shall observe it as a festival to YHVH for seven days in the year – 

a law forever in your generations. Observe it in the seventh month.
42 ‘Dwell in booths for seven days; all who are native Yisra’elites dwell in booths,
43 so that your generations know that I made the children of Yisra’el dwell in booths

 when I brought them out of the land of Mitsrayim. I am YHVH your Elohim.’ ” 

Deuteronomy 16:13-16
“Perform the Festival of Booths for seven days after the ingathering 
from your threshing-floor and from your winepress,
14 and you shall rejoice in your festival, you and your son and your daughter, 

and your male servant and your female servant, and the Levite, 
and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are within your gates.
15 “For seven days you shall observe a festival to YHVH your Elohim 

in the place which YHVH chooses, because YHVH your Elohim does bless you 
in all your increase and in all the work of your hands, and you shall be only rejoicing!
16 “Three times a year all your males appear before YHVH your Elohim in the place which He chooses: 

at the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and at the Festival of Weeks, and at the Festival of Booths.

In the time of the building of the 2nd temple there
was a great rejoicing when they found this command:

Nehemiah 8:14-17
And they found written in the Torah, which YHVH had commanded by Moshe, 
that the children of Yisra’el should dwell in booths in the festival of the seventh month,
15 and that they should announce and proclaim in all their cities and in Yerushalayim, saying, 

“Go out to the mountain, and bring olive branches, branches of oil trees, and myrtle branches,
 and palm branches, and branches of leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written.”
16 So the people went out and brought them and made themselves booths, each one 

on the roof of his house, and in their courtyards and in the courtyards of the House of Elohim, 
and in the open space of the Water Gate and in the open space of the Gate of Ephrayim.
17 And the entire assembly of those who had come back from the captivity made booths 

and sat under the booths, for since the days of Yeshua(Joshua) son of Nun until 
that day the children of Yisra’el had not done so. And there was very great rejoicing. 
In Zechariah it states that in the end of days that if a gentile(of the nations) does not
 come up to Jerusalem for Sukkot, that person will not have any rain in their land:
Zechariah 14:16-17
And it shall be that all who are left from all the gentiles which came up against Yerushalayim, 
shall go up from year to year to bow themselves to the Sovereign, 
YHVH of hosts, and to observe the Festival of Booths.
17 And it shall be, that if anyone of the clans of the earth does not come up to Yerushalayim 

to bow himself to the Sovereign, YHVH of hosts, on them there is to be no rain. 

Yahshua also came to the earth on the Feast of Sukkot:
John 1:14
And the Word became flesh and pitched His tent(Tabernacled, Sukkot!) among us, 
and we saw His esteem, esteem as of an only brought-forth of a father, complete in favor and truth.

And finally, in the end of days, 
YHVH will send down the New Yerushalayim like a Booth:
Revelation 21:2-3
And I, Yohanan, saw the set-apart city, renewed Yerushalayim, coming down 
out of the heaven from Elohim, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from the heaven saying, 

“See, the Booth(Sukkot) of Elohim is with men, and He shall dwell with them,
 and they shall be His people, and Elohim Himself shall be with them and be their Elohim.

This feast is a true blessing from YHVH. This year we were blessed to be able to host it,
 thanks to your gifts, YHVH’s blessing, and the McDaniel’s allowing us to use
their houses here in Costa Rica. May YHVH bless you for all you have done! 

Now, saying that, it does take quite a bit of work to have any type of gathering, especially one
 that lasts 8 days. It can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of months to get prepared, depending on the size. Since we didn’t know exactly how many people would show up,
we got prepared in advance. One of the things that is important, of course, is food. And lots of it.
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For the feast we made a Hispanic meal with rice, beans, and tamales.
It takes a lot of work, especially the tamales, but YHVH has blessed us
 with the bodies and the provision to make things possible!
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Thank you YHVH for able bodies!

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Psalms 111:5
He has given food to those who fear Him; He remembers His covenant forever. 
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Psalms 90:16-17
Reveal Your work to Your servants, And Your splendor to their children.
17 And let the pleasantness Of YHVH our Elohim be upon us, 

And confirm the work of our hands for us; O confirm the work of our hands!

Another VERY important thing is transportation. In our case it is much more difficult
since the people that wanted to come don’t have any type of transportation.
But thanks to YHVH’s provision through someone’s gift, we were able to rent out a man
who had a pickup truck that was big enough to bring all the people. Without that gift, my dad would have had to go down himself, bring some people, and come back up. Then he would have had to do it again,
and probably again. That is a lot of gas, but more importantly it doesn’t give him
 an opportunity to speak YHVH’s word as much as he could because he would
be going up and down all day bringing people up and down the mountain.
But again, we thank you SO MUCH for your gift, not that we had to have it, but rather:
Philippians 4:17
Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that is multiplying to your account.

Praise YAH!
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Micah 4:2
And many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of YHVH, 
to the House of the Elohim of Yaʽaqob, and let Him teach us His ways, and let us walk in His paths.
 For out of Zion comes forth the Torah, and the word of YHVH from Yerushalayim.”
 When we read this verse, the 1st thing that we think of is the physical mountain in Yisra’el. 
But it also has a Spiritual connection as well. And it is really cool to read that verse and think, 
“Wow! These people are from the nations, and they are coming up the mountain to learn YHVH’s Word!”. YHVH has blessed us so much, physically and spiritually!
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Our Sukkah.
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Psalms 67
1 Elohim does favor us and bless us, Cause His face to shine upon us. Selah.
2 For Your way to be known on earth, Your deliverance among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise You, O Elohim, Let all the peoples praise You.
4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You judge the peoples uprightly, 

And lead the nations on earth. Selah.
5 Let the peoples praise You, O Elohim; Let all the peoples praise You.
6 The earth shall give her increase; Elohim, our own Elohim, blesses us!
7 Elohim blesses us! And all the ends of the earth fear Him! 

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2nd Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, 
for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness,
17 that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good work.

YHVH’s Word is always good. He tells us that it is the perfect way(Psalms 18:30),
that it is straight(Psalms 33:4), that it is the Good News(Acts 15:35), and that we are
 blessed by doing and obeying it(Just Read Psalms 119 and you’ll see what I mean)!

He also tells us to teach them to our children in Deuteronomy 6:
Deuteronomy 6:6-9
“And these Words which I am commanding you today shall be in your heart,
7 and you shall impress them upon your children, and shall speak of them when you sit in your house, 

and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up,
8 and shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
9 “And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. 

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Psalms 127:3
Look, children are an inheritance from YHVH, The fruit of the womb is the reward. 

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YHVH’s Word is always a blessing, it restores our souls and makes our minds stronger.
It is the sword with which we use for battle against the Adversary and it is our Daily Bread.
Without the Whole Word of YHVH we could not, we cannot be
what YHVH wants us to be, a servant and emissary for Him.
May YHVH be praised for all that He has done!
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Pray for each one of these men, women and children. Pray that they learn to love,
serve, trust, and obey YHVH and follow the testimony of Yahshua. Pray that they can
 be the messengers of truth and that the whole world can come to know YHVH’s Glory!
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This is where Abba has brought us as we surrendered to do His will and not ours.
Now we do our best with what has been provided by YHVH Yirei, Our Provider.
Pray for our servant family. Without His provision multiplying every gift we can’t continue
 the Journey and teach by our testimony and the Word of Elohim.

Until next time….
The Montanez Family
Servants and Emissaries of Yahshua, Children of YHVH

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