Succot aka Feast of Tabernacles (Booths)

Succoth aka Feast of Tabernacles (or Sukkot)

sukkotThe Festival of Sukkot begins on Tishri 15, the fifth day after Yom Kippur. It is quite a drastic transition, from one of the most solemn holidays in the Jewish year to one of the most joyous.

The Portrait: The word “Sukkot” means “booths,” and refers to the temporary dwellings that Jews are commanded to live in during this holiday in memory of the period of wandering. The festival of Sukkot is instituted in Leviticus 23:33, 42, lasts seven days, commanding the Hebrews that they will, “…dwell in booths for seven days; all natives of Israel shall dwell in booths….” In honor of the holiday’s historical significance, Jews were commanded to dwell in temporary shelters, as did their ancestors in the wilderness. The temporary shelter is referred to as a sukkah.

During Sukkot the Hebrew people carried torches around the temple, illuminating bright candelabrum along the walls of the temple to demonstrate that the Messiah would be a light to the Gentiles. Also, the priest would draw water from the pool of Siloam and carry it to the temple where it was poured into a silver basin beside the altar. The priest would call upon the Lord to provide heavenly water in the form of rain for their supply. During this ceremony the people looked forward to the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. Some records reference the day spoken of by the prophet Joel.

Fulfillment in Jesus Christ: In the New Testament, Jesus attended the Feast of Tabernacles and spoke these amazing words on the last and greatest day of the Feast: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-38 ) The next morning, while the torches were still burning Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)


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