I’m thrilled to share my sweet friend Ellen, Soaked and Sprouting, with you for this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday and the last in our series on Feasts of the Bible – Feast of Tabernacles.
Feast of Tabernacles
“Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the Lord’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days.”
Leviticus 23:34 (NIV)
Tabernacles, booths, and shelters – oh my!
What does it all mean?
Why, I’m so glad you asked!
In the Old Testament, the Festival of Tabernacles, or Booths, was a week long celebration of the fall harvest. It is observed from the 15-22 of the month of Tishri, in the Jewish calendar.
It was a time the Israelites built booths, or temporary shelters similar to tents, and commemorated the forty years of their wilderness journey.
Now, I’m not sure about you, but I don’t think I’d want to celebrate forty years of wandering in the wilderness. Amen?
However, during these long years, the Hebrews lived under God’s care, seeing His faithfulness to provide. Celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles is a reminder of God’s protection over them.Celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles is a reminder of God's protection over them. @EllenChauvin #wordnerdwednesday #feastoftabernacles Click To Tweet
We also see in Nehemiah that the Hebrews were to dwell, or live in, their tabernacles during this seven day feast.
“And they found written in the law, which the Lord had commanded through Moses, that the Israelites should dwell in booths during the feast of the seventh month.”
Nehemiah 8:14 AMP
Again, I’m not much for tent camping. But I’m all about how God protects and provides for us, and how His presence is with us. And if it takes sleeping in a tent, I’m in!
God provided food for the Israelites during their wanderings1. Their clothes never wore out in forty years2! God sheltered them with His love. Funny thing, another meaning of Tabernacle is canopy. Yep, God spread His canopy over them for protection.
“For this reason, they are before the throne of God;
and they serve Him day and night in His temple;
and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.”
Revelation 7:15 NASB
During the Festival of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, the people took branches of palms, myrtles, willows and citron and waved them is all directions (north, south, east and west), as well as up and down, to symbolize that God’s presence is everywhere.3
We have that assurance today, with God’s Holy Spirit in us. And we have Jesus Christ, Immanuel, God with us.
You know the really cool thing? When the new Jerusalem comes out of heaven, bringing heaven to earth, we will have the ultimate tabernacle, booth and shelter. But it won’t be temporary. It will be forever!
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them”
Revelation 21:3 (NASB)
God Himself will dwell among us. Which, in the original text, means he will Tabernacle or take up residence, and live with us. His home with be with us4. Forever.
That’s my kind of camping!
1 Deuteronomy 8:3
2 Deuteronomy 29:5
3 Rose Publishing Book of Bible Charts, Maps and Timelines
4 John 14:23
Ellen pens her stories from the Bayou Country of South Louisiana, but her heart and birthplace are in Mississippi. She’s a Southern Belle through and through. When not writing and digging into God’s Word, you can find Ellen digging in her flower beds, relaxing on the back porch, hanging our with her grandkids or traveling with her husband John.
She is passionate about scripture and sharing the truth of God’s word. At Soaked and Sprouting, she encourages her readers to soak in God’s Word and sprout seeds of faith.
Ellen has contributed to Deeper Waters, Word Nerd Wednesday, The Laundry Moms, Sweet to the Soul, The Consilium and The Message, a study magazine published annually by the women’s department of WEGOM, a non denominational evangelistic organization in Nigeria.
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