The Jewish Feast of Tabernacles-A Time to Rejoice
The Feast of Tabernacles (aka Sukkot) began last Friday and is complete on this Saturday at sundown. 7 full day’s with an Eighth day sabbath.
“And the Lord said to Moses, Say to the Israelites, The fifteenth day of this seventh month, and for seven days, is the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths to the Lord. On the first day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no servile work on that day. For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord; on the eighth day shall be a holy convocation and you shall present an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a solemn assembly; you shall do no laborious work on that day. These are the set feasts or appointed seasons of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to present an offering made by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering and a cereal offering, sacrifices and drink offerings, each on its own day. This is in addition to the Sabbaths of the Lord and besides your gifts and all your vowed offerings and all your freewill offerings which you give to the Lord. Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month [nearly October], when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days, the first day and the eighth day each a Sabbath. And on the first day you shall take the fruit of pleasing trees [and make booths of them], branches of palm trees, and boughs of thick (leafy) trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year, a statute forever throughout your generations; you shall keep it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths (shelters) for seven days: All native Israelites shall dwell in booths, That your generations may know that I made the Israelites dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God. Thus Moses declared to the Israelites the set or appointed feasts of the Lord.” Leviticus 23:33-44 AMPC
Sukkot is a time of thanksgiving, harvest and returning to God as our absolute source of life. It’s a Time to rejoice in our God as provider, protector and the fact that he is always present with us. This feast also inspired our American Feast Day of Thanksgiving.
Every major event in Jesus’ life was on a feast day-an “Appointed Time” of the Lord. He was also most likely born around this feast time:
“And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth. [Isa. 40:5.]” John 1:14 AMPC
Understanding the Jewish feasts gives us more insight and a better understanding of the work Jesus did while here on earth. Much of his life and ministry were surrounded by these feasts times-as the gospels reveal. We receive a more complete picture of Jesus when we grasp these appointed times.
Click on the link below as I offer a short teaching on my YouTube channel on the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles.