Festival of Tabernacles

etrog and lulav symbols of Sukkot

Overview

  • Timing: 15th day of the 7th lunar month; 5 days after the Day of Atonement
  • Description: Also called the Feast of Booths or Sukkot in Hebrew. This is the celebration of the second wheat harvest as well as the bringing in of the olives for oil and grapes for wine. Israel was to build temporary shelters, or tabernacles, out of certain species of trees and live in them for seven days. A mysterious Eighth Day follows this festival and became considered part of it.
  • In the Bible: Lev. 23:33-44; Zech. 14:16-19; 2 Cor. 5:1-11
  • Lessons
    1. Human life is fragile and temporary, like a makeshift shelter made haphazardly with tree branches.
    2. However, God sent Messiah Yeshua to pitch His tent with us, and God plans to do likewise permanently.
    3. When God does so, Yeshua will be as a groom who comes to receive his bride into his home. [Learn more about the Hallel Fellowship expectation of this in the ceremony of the Wedding Feast.]

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