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The Festival of Tabernacles
Also known as Sukkot or Booths, this Appointed Time commemorates how the Lord rescued and released His people from Egyptian captivity. It is celebrated for seven days during which makeshift booths are built outside the home in which meals with guests and rest may be enjoyed. It is one of the Feasts during which the men of Israel were to appear in Jerusalem. He also desires to dwell with us intimately, and pursues a personal relationship with us. This Feast also represents the completion of the betrothal process which transitions into married life and dwelling together of the bride and groom after the wedding- they now together as one.
Leviticus 23:33-35 New King James Version
33 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “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. 35 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it.
Deuteronomy 16:13-17 New King James Version
Deuteronomy 13 “You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress. 14 And you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant and the Levite, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, who are within your gates. 15 Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the Lord your God in the place which the Lord chooses, because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice.
16 “Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. 17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.
Song of Solomon 2:4-5 New King James Version
4 He brought me to the banqueting house,
And his banner over me was love.
5 Sustain me with cakes of raisins,
Revelation 21:2-4 New King James Version
2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 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.”
Chag Sukkot Sameach! (May you enjoy a good Feast of Tabernacles!)