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Article by Aden Friedman Missionary, Jews for Jesus

The 15th of Tishrei marks the celebration of Sukkot or The Feast of Tabernacles. In Leviticus 23:33, God commanded the children of Israel to celebrate this feast and live in temporary dwellings called sukkot or Booths. This particular feast always falls around the time of my birthday and I can recall many birthdays while growing up where I would have my party in a sukkah. Sukkot is one of the “Shalosh Regalim” (three legs) or pilgrimage festivals: it the time that the temple still stood in Jerusalem, the Israelites were required to make a pilgrimage to the temple. What we can’t miss about this feast is the timing. Exodus 34:22 calls Sukkot, “the festival of ingathering”, and marks the end of the harvest in Israel.

As we journey through the year we can read about the feasts in Leviticus 23. We start with Pesach (Passover), then Shavuot (Pentecost) and most recently Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). I would like to discuss the feast of Sukkot and try to illustrate how all these feasts can give us a glimpse at God’s plan for mankind long before humanity met the Messiah face-to face.

As we know, Pesach was the redemption from Egypt through the blood of Lamb. This was when the children of Israel were given life instead of death, and saw God’s miraculous hand at work. Seven weeks after the first Pesach in the wilderness (Shavuot), we find the Israelites camped at Sinai, waiting on Elohim to give the law unto Moses. In the Brit Ha Chadasha (New Testament), seven weeks after the Pesach where Messiah died for our sins, we find the followers of Messiah receiving the Holy Spirit. Then Peter, speaking with such power, brought three thousand souls to the Kingdom. The world had begun to hear the gospel, respond to it and solidify an eternal existence with God.

If we journey through the feasts, I believe we can see a deliberate pattern that both confirms the promises of God and shows us the mandate we still carry today as believers.

Pesach saved us by the blood of the lamb. Shavuot filled us with the Holy Spirit so that we can have the power to proclaim God’s message of salvation. The Feast of Trumpets signifies the role of believers to be like trumpets and call out to all those who need to be reconciled with God. The Day of Atonement becomes a day of judgement whereby those who have responded to God’s call are written into the book of life. And the purpose of it all? So that all those who have responded and
embraced Messiah can celebrate to Feast of Tabernacles. This is a feast that signifies dwelling with God, being completely reliant on Him, and existing together with Him in peace for all eternity. It really makes my heart sing to quote John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and tabernacled with us”.

May we all be effective trumpets in the Kingdom and see a mighty “ingathering” of souls, a great harvest for The Lord. Chag Sameach!

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