The Feast of Tabernacles is a time of joy and celebration!
The Feast of Tabernacles (or Feast of Booths) is connected to the final harvest of the year, One of its primary themes is thanksgiving and rejoicing in God’s goodness.
The children of Israel (the Jewish people) live in “sukkahs” during this feast to remind them of the fact that they lived in tents in the wilderness for 40 years. During their sojourn in the wilderness Israel had NOTHING; they were totally and completely dependent on God and He was enough! It is the same for us. No matter what, God will be enough for
us too. He will provide and meet all our needs.
The Feast of Tabernacles was ordered by God in Leviticus 23:39
33 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths to the Lord. 35 On the first day shall be a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work. 36 For seven days you shall present food offerings to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall hold a holy convocation and present a food offering to the Lord. It is a solemn assembly; you shall not do any ordinary work.
37 “These are the appointed feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim as times of holy convocation, for presenting to the Lord food offerings, burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each on its proper day, 38 besides the Lord’s Sabbaths and besides your gifts and besides all your vow offerings and besides all your freewill offerings, which you give to the Lord.39 “On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the produce of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the Lord seven days. On the first day shall be a solemn rest, and on the eighth day shall be a solemn rest.
40 And you shall take on the first day the fruit of splendid trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days. 41 You shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It is a statute forever throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
42 You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All native Israelites shall dwell in booths, 43 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.”44 Thus Moses declared to the people of Israel the appointed feasts of the Lord.
The Feast of Tabernacles teaches us to walk in an attitude of humility and dependency/reliance on God (not your job, family or friends, the government, or any other created thing).
This time teaches us to rely on the unseen God, rather than that what is able to be seen. What we can see in the natural world is not secure (the world is passing away).
We are learning to rely on God’s supernatural provision, just as the children of Israel received water from the rock and manna six days a week.
All of God’s people will celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles!
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”