Feast Of Tabernacles (Sukkot וכות or סֻכּוֹת)
What is Sukkot?
- Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths, marks the end of the biblical fall feasts.
- Sukkot- Booths it means to dwell in booths during a 7 day festival. Leviticus 23:42.
- It is also known as the Feast of Ingathering. Exodus 23:16. or “the feast”. 1 Kings 12:32.
- It marks the coming together of the people of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to celebrate before the Lord in anticipation for the return of the Messiah and the wedding supper of the Lamb. Revelation 19:6-9.
- It also symbolizes the gathering of the harvest at the end of the agricultural year in Israel.
- Prophetically symbolizing the day when all of Gods people are gathered together in the Kingdom at the second coming of Christ.
- Sukkot represents the final harvest when all nations will share in the joy and blessings of God’s kingdom.
- During that time, all believers will celebrate this feast. Zechariah 14:16-19.
What is a Sukkah, Booth or Tabernacle?
- Sukkot recalls the 40 years during which the Israelites dwelled in booths as they wandered the desert after their deliverance from Egypt.
- A Sukkah, Booth, or Tabernacle is a temporary dwelling place like a fort or a tent.
How do we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot?
Build a Sukkah!
- One of the Commandments of Sukkot is to dwell in a Sukkah during the days of the Festival. Leviticus 23:42.
- Traditionally, it has at least 3 walls and must be build under the open sky.
- It is customary to use branches and leaves as part of the roof of the sukkah. This is so you can see the starts through the roof at night and reflect upon God’s glory and majesty. Psalm 8:3-4.
- To dwell (Yashav in Hebrew) in the Sukkah literally means “to sit” and it can consist of simply spending time in the Sukkah during the day, reading scripture, praying or even sleeping in it at night.
- Invite friends and family over to share in meals inside the Sukkah.
- Many Jewish people erect booths on their lawns or balconies and eat at least one meal a day in them for 8 days.
- Organize a camping trip.
Lulav and Etrog
- In the Torah, we are commanded to take fruits of splendid trees, branches of palm trees, and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brooks and rejoice before God for 7 days. Leviticus 23:40.
- This is a perfect description of some household decorations you could put out.
- Traditionally, this has come to be known as waving the Lulav (a collection of plants that are tied together in a bouquet) and the Etrog (Citron- similar to a lemon).
Sabbath day of rest
- During Sukkot there are 2 high Sabbaths:
- the first day of the festival
- the 8th day
- on which we are not to do any work. Leviticus 23:35-36.
- This means:
- no working at your job. Request time off on this important day so you can completely focus.
- No gardening
- No Laborious work
the 8th day of rest
- Sukkot, especially the eighth day, represents a wonderful time when we’ll be with God in the world to come. Revelation 21:3.
- The eighth day represents new beginnings and symbolizes the world to come in which we’ll spend eternity with out father in heaven.
- “The New Heavens and the New Earth” will be established after Christ’s 1,000 year reign on earth. Revelation 21-11.
Have a Holy Convocation
- We are commanded to have a holy convocation on the 1st and the 8th days of Sukkot.
- It is customary to read the book of Ecclesiastes. Its teachings relate much to the Sukkot. Solomon discusses how our physical world is temporal and fading away, just as a Tabernacle/Sukkah/Booth is merely a temporary dwelling that will come down at the end of the festival.
- Sukkot is a time to be happy and rejoice. Deuteronomy 16:14.
- We rejoice because of God’s provision. God has sustained you with food and drink and its time to rejoice in the blessings God has given us.
- Sukkot comes right after Yom Kippur, which is the commemoration of God giving his only son to atone for our sins. On the basis of Christ’s Death and resurrection, we are able to take part in the Wedding feast of the Lamb.
Give to the Poor
- We are told to include “the fatherless and widows who are within your towns” in our celebration. Deuteronomy 16:14.
- It is customary to give a charity offering.