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Summary: A look at the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles

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Feast of Sukkoth

Lev. 23:33-36

Oct. 4, 2009 FBC, Chester Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker

Introduction

A Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,34 "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ’On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the Lord.35 ’On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind.36 ’For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to the Lord; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work. Lev 23:33-36 (NASB)

1 On Friday, Sukkoth (literally means booths or tabernacles) began.

a Sukkoth is...

aa The last of the fall festivals (along with Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur)

bb A feast lasting for 8 days

cc One of the three “ingathering” feasts which everyone observed in Jerusalem (along with Passover & Pentecost).

b After the Babylonian captivity, Ezra established the Feast of Booths in Jerusalem.

aa Then on the second day the heads of fathers’ households of all the people, the priests and the Levites were gathered to Ezra the scribe that they might gain insight into the words of the law.14 They found written in the law how the Lord had commanded through Moses that the sons of Israel should live in booths during the feast of the seventh month.15 So they proclaimed and circulated a proclamation in all their cities and in Jerusalem, saying, "Go out to the hills, and bring olive branches and wild olive branches, myrtle branches, palm branches and branches of other leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written."16 So the people went out and brought them and made booths for themselves, each on his roof, and in their courts and in the courts of the house of God, and in the square at the Water Gate and in the square at the Gate of Ephraim.17 The entire assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and lived in them . The sons of Israel had indeed not done so from the days of Joshua the son of Nun to that day. And there was great rejoicing.18 He read from the book of the law of God daily, from the first day to the last day. And they celebrated the feast seven days, and on the eighth day there was a solemn assembly according to the ordinance. Neh 8:13-18 (NASB)

bb It was a big-deal day for the people of God.

c Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was near. John 7:2 (NASB)

d Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day —17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Col 2:16-17 (NASB)

2 Today, I want to help you see & understand the Feast of Tabernacles/Tents/ Booths/Sukkoth.

a Sukkoth is a feast of produce, presence, & provision.

b Looks back, at now, & ahead

B At the end of the message, I’m going to give you an invitation to make the Feast of Tabernacles a big day for you, today.

C Pray

I Sukkoth is a feast of produce.

A Originally, Sukkoth was a feast to thank God for the fall harvest.


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