The Feast of Tabernacles


God in the camp of the Hebrews
The Feast of Tabernacles
God dwells with Us

Picture courtesy of Tough Questions Answered

If you don’t know what Sukkot is all about ….go read the Word for Today on the 23rd and 24th (last Sunday and Monday) these can be found via the Calendar. But Sukkot has several overall themes’ running through it. I want to look at a couple of these today.

God Dwells with Us

God loves us, and you want to be with your loved ones. God has shown this right from the start. He would come and walk in the garden and spend time with Adam and Eve. Until sin caused them to hide from Him.

That evening they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden; and they hid themselves among the trees. – Genesis 3:8

He loved Enoch so much that he couldn’t bear to see him die and took him to heaven, so he wouldn’t. He watched over his family and it was Enoch’s grandson, Noah that he saved to continue the human race. He talked to Abraham face to face and called him a “Friend”. Then He chose Abraham’s descendants to keep that connection with God alive and put in place the plan for our salvation that ultimately lead to Jesus. He had them build a sanctuary for Him so that He could live among them.

“For I want the people of Israel to make me a sacred Temple where I can live among them. – Exodus 25:8

But the first sanctuary wasn’t a huge flash expensive Temple it was an elaborate tent, God’s dwelling was a tent, just as his people dwelt in tents. Did you know that the prayer shawl that they put over their heads when they pray is symbolic of a tent; it is a small personal tent where they can privately meet God.

God Provides

That entire time that they wandered in the desert, God provided for them. He provided their food, manna fell from heaven, enough partridges were blown into the camp from somewhere for all to have some meat and most important of all, in a desert land, he provided water and grazing enough for the people and all their flocks and herds. That’s a big group and a big series of miracles. Their shoes never wore out and neither did their clothing until they reached the Promised Land where it could be replaced.

Sukkot is a celebration of the fact that we can trust God to provide for us, if we are obedient and put Him first in our lives. I find that comforting.