Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)

sukkotRevelation 21:3-4 NKJV “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. (4) “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Amen. This Wednesday begins Sukkot, (Feast of Tabernacles). This is one of the appointed feasts, the Feasts of THE LORD.  (The second of four blood moons occurs on this day).

The instruction for this feast is found in Leviticus 23:34-43. This feast relates to us for two reasons; one, because it is a Feast of the Lord and second, because Jesus came and tabernacled with us and will again.

John 1:14, The WORD became flesh and tabernacled among us.

Tabernacles is a week to rejoice in the goodness of God, it comes after the head of the year and the day of Atonement.

The Israelites built and dwelt in tabernacles as a reminder of the time in the wilderness. This is a time where God dwelt in the midst of the camp.

It was on the last day of Sukkot that Jesus spoke these words in John 7:37-38 NKJV “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. (38) He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his [belly] will flow rivers of living water.”

Even though this feast is yet to be fulfilled in Christ’s return, we can still take this special appointed week to get alone with God and hear Him.

Some might be saying, I spend time with God every day, that is good, but this week God has set an appointment, every year this appointment stands, will you come and meet with Him?

This is not a legalistic issue, you don’t have to celebrate the feast, but there is a BLESSING in celebrating!

Paul said of Passover, because Christ the Passover lamb was sacrificed let us keep the feast.

These are the Feasts of the Lord, they still have benefit. They are circled dates on God’s calendar.

Enjoy God! If you have kids build a tabernacle and camp out with them! Draw close to God this week and He will draw close to you.

Again this isn’t a legalism thing, God appointed these feasts for our benefit, let’s do what believers have done for centuries, let’s celebrate the feasts!

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I began my week last Friday at 3:00pm. While I am not staying in a “tabernacle” I did decide to take a week away from social media and television and seek God. I would encourage everyone to do the same. Even if you can only give an hour a day, Holy Spirit can do and say many things in an hour a day for seven days. Be creative and just get in the presence of the Lord to be renewed and have the river flow from you.

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About Casey D. Bell

Casey is an ordained minister in the Church of God and has a passion to see generations come together for the cause of Christ. Casey teaches strongly in the areas of faith, healing, applying God's Word to our everyday life, and the benefits of understanding our Jewish roots.
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