Sukkot/Tabernacles 5778/2017

Leviticus 23:33-36 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the LORD. On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind. For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to the LORD; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work.’”

In October 2017 (Gregorian calendar), per the sighting of the new moon, The Feast is scheduled to begin on Friday, October 6th and proceed through Thursday, October 12th. In God’s timing, The Festival is scheduled to run from Tishri 15-21 (Hebrew calendar). Tishri 1 is declared when the new moon is sighted.

Part of the holiday is a road trip and vacation to Jerusalem. Every family needs to build a sukkah (singular). Families will build sukkot (plural). Sukkah can be translated as: booth, cottage, covert, pavilion, tabernacle, or tent. (Strong’s Concordance)

sukkotThe tents serve as a reminder to the forty years of wandering in the desert due to a lack of faith in God after the Exodus from Egypt.

Leviticus 23:42-43 You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All native Israelites shall dwell in booths that your generations may know that I made the people of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”

Despite their faithless attitude, the holiday is a thanksgiving for the gracious provision and safety God showed Israel during their travels in the desert as noted in Deuteronomy 8. The appointment also marks the end of the harvest season.

sukkot rain palmFor future consideration, Tabernacles is the only God appointed feast gentiles will be required to attend. At some point in the future, the nations will be encouraged to pay their respects to the Lord and King Jesus Christ. If you don’t, there is a consequence.

Zechariah 14:16-19 Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths. And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them. And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain; there shall be the plague with which the LORD afflicts the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths. This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths.

 

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