Messianic Sukkot – A holiday that teaches us about our Messiah
The fall holidays are split into two different sets of holidays with two different themes. The first set of holidays are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, connected by the Ten Days of Awe, collectively called the High Holy Days. The second is the weeklong holiday of Sukkot, along with the minor holidays of Hoshanah Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah.
Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, & the Ten Days of Awe have general themes of repentance, the kingship and sovereignty of the Lord, and forgiveness for sin.
Sukkot begins a few days after Yom Kippur, and is a week-long celebration of the provision and goodness of the Lord, and His desire to dwell with us.
In this article, we want to focus on the second set of holidays: Sukkot and the following celebrations.
Sukkot | סֻכּוֹת | soo-kOHt
Closing out the fall holidays is the week-long holiday of Sukkot, also known as The Feast of Tabernacles. Sukkot means “tabernacles” or “booths” or “tents”, always referring to a temporary structure for shelter.
This holiday is taught about in Scripture in Leviticus 23:33-43. As a brief outline, Sukkot is a week-long holiday that begins with a special Shabbat (day of rest). It is finished off by an eight day, also a special Shabbat, called Shemini Atzeret.
This holiday is a big celebration – it is also called, “The Time of Our Rejoicing” because God commands that we rejoice for this whole week. In the days of the temple, this holiday closed out the harvest season, and there were many sacrifices offered every day along with the accompanying worship services. It is a time of celebrating God’s provision for His people in the wilderness as well as now, and also that we serve a God who dwells with us.
During the festival of Sukkot, we celebrate God’s provision, as well as His presence with us. We also use this time to celebrate the Messiah’s birth – our Immanuel, God With Us. For a solid explanation of why we celebrate Yeshua’s birth during this season, we encourage you to set aside a half hour to watch this teaching: When Was Yeshua Born?, by Hylan Slobadkin.