Daniel explores foreshadowing of all seven ‘feasts to the LORD’ in Genesis 2–5. For example, hints of Passover are seen in Adam and Eve’s hiding from God in the garden; Firstfruits, in Eve’s dedicating her firstborn; Atonement, in God’s marking Cain to wander with vengeance taken against him.
Daniel reflects on his hasty building of a sukkah for the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) amid sickness in his family. He learned from the four species symbols of Sukkot and the design of the sukkah about God’s dealing with him via his heart, soul, mind, strength and spirit.
I built a סֻכָּה sukkah (booth, tabernacle, temporary dwelling) for the first time for my family and my children this feast. They aren’t difficult to build, but it did take me the entire day to build it. The sukkah, in a sense, spoke to me, as I was building it. Today I want to share what I learned with you.
These are not traditional definitions, but are fairly accurate definitions of the four species.
There are five items usually found on all sukkahs: myrtle, willow, date palm, etrog and olive.