September 30: The Feast of Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles

At sundown October 2, the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) begins. Sukkot is the last of the feasts of the fall, and completes the Levitical cycle.   This is a double holiday as it’s also the start of the Shabbat.

Leviticus 23:33-36

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord. On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.

The Feast of Tabernacles begins exactly six months after the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Spring holy day of Unleavened bread commemorates the day Israel left Egypt; the Feast of Tabernacles commemorates the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land.  It is also the 3rd of the pilgrim festivals when Jewish men would bring the first fruits of the fall harvest to Jerusalem. 

Knowing their sins were forgiven the people were to rejoice during Tabernacles.  As a sign of gratitude, there were hundreds of sacrifices. 

PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM AND FOR ISRAEL TO RECOGNIZE GOD’S LOVING FAITHFULNESS.

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