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Sukkot~Festival of Booths

October 13, 2011 by  
Filed under Focus On Israel

The 10 days of “Awe”, or soul searching from the first of Rosh HaShanah to the end of Yom Kippur are over. So is Yom Teruah (the blowing of the trumpets), and the solemn fast of Yom Kippur… now it is a time of feasting and joy. It is the Festival of Booths or Sukkot. . Pictured is a modern day sukkah.

God said to Israel in Leviticus 23: 39-43

39 ‘Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the LORD for seven days; on the *first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the *eighth day a sabbath-rest. 40 And you shall take for yourselves on the first day, the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days. 41 You shall keep it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 You shall dwell in booths (sukkahs) for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, 43 that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.’”

Three of Israel’s holy days required the Jewish men to present themselves before the Lord at the Temple ~ Sukkot, the 15th day of Tishri, is one of them. This was not just to be a casual holiday for feasting…it was to be a day of remembrance of how God brought Israel out of bondage in Egypt, and how they dwelt in tabernacles, or sukkahs, for 40 years. It is a time for remembering how God sustained them with manna, with water, and preserved them so that even their shoes did not wear out.

As with the other feasts established and commanded by God, Sukkot is another illustration of Yeshua to the Jewish people. Sukkahs are dwellings…tabernacles, if you will. There are three tabernacles mentioned in the complete Bible, in which God has dwelt or shown His presence: The Tabernacle in the wilderness, Solomon’s Temple and in Yeshua, His Son:

John 1:14: “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt (the word tabernacled) among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” This passage is also a reference to the birth of Jesus/Yeshua. It is proposed that He was born on the *first day of Sukkot, and circumcised on the *eighth day. There are precise calculations to support this, which I will address in another article.

Understand that God follows a plan for all of His actions. We see it in the mathematical placement of the heavenly bodies of the universe, in the seasons on Earth, and we see it especially in the institution of the Feasts of Israel and how they point to Yeshua. As Yeshua’s death and resurrection was fulfilled in the Spring Feasts, so, too, His Second Coming is alluded to in the Fall Feasts.

Be like the Bereans and search these things out! I assure you, you will be blessed as you see God’s plan unfold in all of the Feasts He commands Israel to keep. The next article will be about the symbols of Sukkot, how they point to Yeshua, and how He used this particular holy festival to reveal His Deity. Until then, Chag Sameach!

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