.” And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him a house, and made booths for his cattle; therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.” (Genesis 33:17 KJV).
Today is the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles and tonight will usher in the final feast of the month of Tishri (7th month of the Hebrew Religious calendar). The Last Great Day (Shemini Atzeret) is essentially an 8th day of celebration. Jesus’ birth on Tabernacles is a bridge connecting Israel’s history to future events.
The first recorded variation of the word Sukkot (tabernacle, tent, shelter) is in the 33rd chapter of Genesis where Jacob (Israel) left his brother Esau and journeyed to a town. There, he built a cottage and shelters for his cattle. The name of this town in Hebrew, Succoth, is translated “booths.” Booths or temporary shelters were built for Jacob’s livestock. It is providential that Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger for livestock. It would be like God to have Israel’s and the world’s savior born on the feast day (Sukkot) bearing the same name as the city (Succoth) where Israel (Jacob) settled.
“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5 KJV).
On the 8th day from His birth, our Messiah was circumcised and given the name Jesus (Luke 2:21). Circumcision was the covenant Yahweh made with Abraham (Genesis 17:9-13). The circumstances of Jesus’ birth was in accordance with the Law. Our king was born on the first day of Tabernacles as Emmanuel, God with us. He was circumcised, or set apart for God, on the 8th day (Hebrew Shemini Atzeret, the Last Great Day). Through Moses, the Lord commanded the reading of his Law to the children of Israel during the Feast of Tabernacles (Deuteronomy 31:9-13). Jesus’ birth during this feast further affirmed that it was a time of joy and hope. Jesus or Yeshua (God saves) signified that the newborn Son of God brought glory to the Father’s plan of Salvation.
In our final installment on Sukkot, we will examine the 2nd outpouring of the Holy Spirit and its connection to the Last Great Day. We will also see if this Holy Day is the day of the general resurrection of the saints. As we patiently wait for the Moadim (God’s appointed times), true believers must go into the fields and plant gospel seeds in anticipation of the last great harvest. EJ