Sukkot: The Festival of Tabernacles
FEAST OF INGATHERING
This was the most joyous time for the Hebrews. For Yahweh has come to dwell among us.
LEVITICUS 23:43—I made them dwell in booths.
In the time of Tabernacles, God is saying to His people that, “You are Mine.” Hanging a canopy of cloud about them, a sign of wedded bliss. This festival caused them to remember, humbly, the great things God had done taking His people from Egypt, through the wilderness, and then into the Land of Promise.
In Jersalem, the Jews would prepare in the five days between Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Many thousands usually traveled to the city at this time, even in our day. They would eat and enjoy family meals with guests at Sukkot.
Dancing and music were huge during this time, again, hey still do this today. It is not uncommon to see even distinguished older men dancing late into the night, sometimes with torches in hand that had been used to light the many lights of Jerusalem.
In Temple days, the Priests would offer sacrifices all seven days…up to 189 animals would be sacrificed this week. As per Leviticus 23:40, men would bring a cluster of branches, the same used to build the Succah, and wave them before The Lord in an exuberant display of rejoicing. This was called the Lulav, or “four species” being waved, in Jewish history were palm, myrtle, willow and citron.
My personal favorite of New Testament/Christian significance when dealing with John 7. This is where we see Jesus standing up “on the last great day of the feast” also known as the HOSHANA RABBA or The Great Hosanna! And indeed it was a day of high praise and rejoicing for all that God had done for His people. And just as Jesus would have stood up and literally shouted, He then gives a call to all men present (several hundred thousand), and preaches His message that if any man thirsts, to come to Him and drink…and out of Him will flow rivers of Living Water (John 7:37-38).
Well, there was so much going on. The priests were ritually washing the altar with golden pitchers on the “Day of the Water Pouring.” On top of this, all the men had gathered together on this ultimate day of praise to wave their branch clusters (Lulav) and recite the Hallel Psalms (113-118) and dance and be overjoyed. Amongst all this hoopla, Yeshua stands up—to the sound of waves and rushing branches, while water is being poured in the Temple—and speaks words of life about the Holy Spirit. Simply amazing! No wonder it said He shouted!
Succah, the booth that is built. Celebrates a Father’s love for His children.
A Father’s assurance, care, provision, protection…to dwell with His people. God’s WANTS to live with you and take care of you.
DWELL IN THE MIDST OF US: Zephaniah 3:14-20. God desires to involve Himself with men. He dwells in Solomon’s Temple. “Unless the Lord builds the house….”
1st Kings: chapter 8. Solomon assembled Israel, then brings up the ark, and the tent, the articles…then they sacrificed. V. 10—then the cloud, the Presence, the Shekinah, filled the Temple with glory. HE WOULD DWELL IN THE THICK CLOUD.
Genesis: creation, fall, flood, nations, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph.
Exodus 20-40: now build My House. He is building His House so that He might dwell with His people. 40:19—Moses finished the work. V. 34—then the cloud covered the tent of meeting. V. 37—they moved with the cloud and with the fire.
Prophetically: God will dwell in Jerusalem, Yeshua on the throne. Reigning for 1,000 years, Millennial Kingdom. Zechariah 12…. Zechariah 14: nations will gather, the Lord will fight, His feet on the Mt. of Olives. This mountain will split. The Lord will be King over all the earth. THE ONLY ONE. In the Millennium, we will celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.
Revelation 21: new heavens, new earth. “Behold, the Tabernacle of God is among men….” God has always dwelt with His people…right now it is in the Person of the Ruach haKodesh. The Holy Spirit, the Helper. Your body IS a Temple of the Holy Spirit.
In California, many Jewish people have their meals and sleep in their booths for 7 days. In the wilderness, there was nothing…no food, no shelter, no water. The Lord is saying, REMEMBER.
God fed His people with manna and quail in the wilderness. He brought water from the rock, wherewith millions of people and beasts had to drink. Don’t save manna for the next day, or it will get wormy.
Moses would have needed 1,500 tons of food, 4,000 tons of wood to burn to stay warm, 11 million gallons for one day. Getting across the Red Sea should have taken 35 days for a normal procession, double-file. They would have needed a plot of land 2/3 the size of Rhode Island to camp. Do think Moses had all this figured out before they left Egypt???
The God Who dwells in us will constantly provide for us. Thank You JESUS.
GOD PROVIDES FOR HIS PEOPLE.
The Sound of water, the sound of waves…THE SOUND OF REVIVAL.
This is the Feast of Revival. No wonder I love it so much. Come quickly Lord Yeshua!