The Feast of Booths
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The Feast is called Booths, Tabernacles, Sukkot, and Ingathering and is one of the three pilgrimage feasts the men of Israel were to observe by going to Jerusalem to celebrate. The feast begins five days after the Day of Atonement and at the time the fall harvest had just been completed. It was a time of joyous celebration as the Israelites acknowledged God’s continued blessing in the current harvest and remembered His provision and protection during the 40 years in the wilderness.
Leviticus 23:39 “ The 15th of the seventh month called Tishri was usually late September to mid-October.
40-44 “ The 8th day became a separate holiday known in Hebrew as Hoshanna Rabba (in English, “the Great Hosanna”).
Deuteronomy 16:1-8 “ Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread were in remembrance of leaving Egypt. The feast was also a type for Jesus’ sacrifice as the Lamb of God.
9-12 “ The Feast of Weeks, later called Pentecost, was designed to celebrate and remember they were slaves in Egypt. The feast was also a type for Jesus’ sending the holy spirit after he ascended.
13-15 “ The Feast of Booths was a time of rejoicing and remembrance of their time in the wilderness after leaving Egypt, and as of yet there has been no fulfillment.
16 and 17 “ For three feasts they were to go up to Jerusalem and celebrate annually.
Deuteronomy 31:1, 2, 9-13 “ Every 7 years during the Feast of Booths, they were to read the Law. The 7th year was the Sabbath year when the land rested and debts were forgiven. The 50th year was the jubilee when everyone returned to their family land (Leviticus 25).
1 Kings 8 and 2 Chronicles 6 “ Solomon brought the Ark of the Covenant into the Temple during the feast of booths. Since the ark (like the Israelites) was under a tabernacle, it was fitting for Solomon to wait 11 months after the Temple was finished to dedicate it during the feast. The year was also a Jubilee year when all the lands of Israel were returned to the people and all debts forgiven.
2 Chronicles 6:32 and 33 “ Solomon included foreigner Gentiles in his prayer.
Ezra 3:1-7 When the people returned from captivity to rebuild the Temple, they celebrated the Feast of Booths, so again it was connected with the Temple.
Nehemiah 8: 13-18 “ Again they celebrate the feast of booths.
Jesus may have been born during the feast of booths.
John 7:37-39 Jesus prophesied about the outpouring of the spirit during the Feast of Booths.
Zechariah 14:1-ff “ When Jesus returns Feast of Booths will again be celebrated. He will enter the Temple like the ark did in the time of Solomon. The Scriptures will again be read for all the world to hear, and it will be a time of Jubilee when Israel receives the land of their fathers and all debts will be forgiven.
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