Jesus grew up celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles.
The Jewish people have been celebrating since the Lord’s command in Leviticus 23:40
‘Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days.”
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‘Sukkah’ is the Hebrew word for ‘booth’ or ‘tabernacle’. ‘Sukkot’, the plural, is the name of the festival of booths. Sukkot were the huts in which the Jewish people lived during their years in the desert after they left slavery in Egypt and before they arrived in the Promised Land (Israel). Sukkot comes at the end of the High Holydays, which are the most serious days of the Jewish year. Sukkot is a joyful festival and one of the Three Pilgrim Festivals.
THE STORY OF SUKKOT
During Sukkot we remember when God freed us from slavery in Egypt. After our ancestors left Egypt, they wandered for forty years in the desert before they reached the Promised Land of Israel. Along their way during these forty years, they built temporary homes out of dry palms and branches.
To remind us of their journey and these temporary homes, and of how our ancestors relied on God to help them, on Sukkot we ‘live’ for seven days in huts made from branches and palms.
Sukkot was also an autumn harvest festival, celebrated at the time when the Jewish people gathered the crops from the fields and the fruits of the orchards.
These harvests were always celebrated with great excitement. As a result, we also call Sukkot ‘Chag HaAsif’ (‘The Festival of Gathering’) and ‘Zman Simchatenu’ (‘The Time of Our Happiness’).
HOW DO WE CELEBRATE SUKKOT?
Building a sukkah
A sukkah must have at least three walls. The walls of the sukkah can be made out of anything: canvas, wood, bricks, even metal or stone. They may even be a permanent structure, such as the side wall of a house.
There are, however, certain rules about the roof of a sukkah:
- it must be made out of something which grew from the ground (e.g. branches are allowed, plastic or metal is not).
- the material it is made from must no longer be connected to the ground. e.g. you may not use a living branch as part of the sukkah roof – it must be cut off the tree before it may be used.
- It must be possible to see at least 3 stars in the night sky through the sukkah roof (it must not be such a good roof that it protects us totally from the environment – instead, we need to still have some trust that God will continue to protect us).
Living in a Sukkah
We are commanded to ‘live’ in a sukkah for the whole week of Sukkot. This means that we should try to eat all our meals in the sukkah and say the blessings for bread, wine, and a prayer that thanks God for Sukkot. Some people, especially men, also sleep in the sukkah at night time.
During Sukkot, it is a great (and very enjoyable) mitzvah to invite guests over to eat with you in your sukkah. We also imagine that seven special guests, known as theUshpizin, join us in the sukkah. These guests are the Biblical characters Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron and David.
Elisa and I got to share Sukkot with a group of Christians, some Messianic Jews some not.
It was a happy event, it seemed more like a large family gathering than a church service.
Little by little the kids put together the Sukkah.
With the help from moms and dads, branches were gathered and festive items such as fall leaves and grapes were supplied.
This group of friendly people welcomed us in and let us share in their experience.
Marla’s kids doing their part on a great job decorating the Sukkah.
This is Marla (and baby to be) and me standing in front of the finished Sukkah.
We ate a wonderful dinner, many casseroles, warms soups, meats and vegetables
The dessert table was full with choices of yummy treats.
We learned about how all this fits into God’s Word for us today. It’s interesting to hear and learn new things.
Click here to learn how it applies to us today.
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Elisa and I were very thankful that we got to share in that experience ..
The Feast of Tabernacles.