Sukkot is the yearly harvest festival, the Feast of Booths/Tabernacles.
I love what my eDrash said today. “Sukkot is the great festival, the culmination of all the appointed times. Sukkot is to the other festivals what the Sabbath is to the other six days of the week. As such it is a fitting foreshadowing of that great celebration of creation when the entire world will live in peace and brotherhood under the reign and rule of the righteous Messiah King. Just as the weekly Sabbath foreshadows the millennium, Sukkot also looks forward to that great age. Therefore, the festival of Sukkot, like all the festivals, foreshadows Messiah.”
What a beautiful picture is painted in Sukkot. We are to remember the Israelites who lived in temporary huts/booths/tabernacles in the desert for 40 years following the exodus from Egypt. It’s a harvest celebration and a time in which we are thankful to the Lord for His goodness. I’m reminded that the Lord dwelled among them in those days, in a cloud or a pillar of fire. We have the Holy Spirit now, but we look forward to a time when Jesus the messiah will come again. What a great feast that will be!
It’s customary for people to invite others into their huts/booths/tents that they have built and share a meal every night of the festival. In this sense we are reminded that it is not physical, material wealth that matters in this world, but the relationships in which we invest are what bright us greater joy. Even more importantly is our relationship with the Lord, giving thanks to Him always for all his many blessings. It’s the original Thanksgiving Feast, only it’s mandated by the Lord, for the Lord, and it’s much more spiritually significant!
“On the first day you are to take choice fruit, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows, and celebrate in the presence of the Lord your God for seven days. You are to observe it as a feast to the Lord seven days in the year; it is a permanent regulation, generation after generation; keep it in the seventh month.” vs.40-41
A more humble sukka.