The Feast Of Sukkot By The Torah

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By William Jackson

Purpose: So that generation after generation of you will *know that I made the people of Isra’el live in **sukkot when I brought them out of the land of Egypt (Leviticus 23:43).

When: begins Sunday, October 16 “…On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of Sukkot…” (Leviticus 23:34).

How long: “…the feast of Sukkot (is) for seven days…” (Leviticus 23:34, Deuteronomy 16:13).

When does it Ends Sunday, October 23“…on the eighth day you are to have a holy convocation …” (Leviticus 23:36).

It is a permanent regulation: You are to observe it as a feast to Adonai seven days in the year; it is a permanent regulation, generation after generation (Leviticus 23:42).

Time Frame:

Day 1, (Sunday October 16, 2016):

There will be a holy convocation (Leviticus 23:35).

Do not do any kind of ordinary work (Leviticus 23:35).

Day of complete rest (Leviticus 23:39).

On the first day you are to take choice fruit, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows, and celebrate in the presence Adonai your God (Leviticus 23:40).

For the seven days:

You are too ***live in sukkot for seven days (Leviticus 23:42).

You are to bring an offering made by fire to Adonai (Leviticus 23:36, Ezra 3:4).

Take choice fruit, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows, and celebrate in the presence of Adonai your God for seven days (Leviticus 23:40).

Day 8 (Sunday, October 23, 2016)

You are to have a holy convocation (Leviticus 23:36).

Bring an offering made by fire to Adonai (Leviticus 23:36).

It is a day of public assembly (Leviticus 23:36).

Do not do any kind of ordinary work (Leviticus 23:36).

Day of complete rest (Leviticus 23:39).

*Recommended Reading: Since we are to remember that Adonai brought the Israelites out of Egypt we should reflect on this each day of Sukkot.  Here is a recommended Tanakh reading:

Day 1 Leviticus 23:33-44 and Numbers 29:12-16 Explanation of Sukkot

Day 2 Exodus 12:29-13:16 Israel’s Exodus from Egypt

Day 3 Exodus 13:17-14:4 Israel’s Wilderness Detour and Exodus 14:5-14 The Egyptians Pursue Israel

Day 4 Exodus 14:15-15:21 Escape through the Red Sea

Day 5 Exodus 15:22 – 27 Bitter Water at Marah and Exodus 16:1 – 36 Manna and Quail from Heaven

Day 6 Exodus 17:1-7 Water from the Rock and Exodus 17: 8 – 16 Israel Defeats the Amalekites

Day 7 Exodus 18:1 – 27 Yitro’s (Jethro’s) Visit to Moses

Day 8 Nehemiah 8:13-18 Feast of Sukkot Restored

**Explaining a Sukkah:

Definition: Isaiah 4:6 A sukkah will give shade by day from the heat; it will also provide refuge and cover from storm and rain.

Materials: Nehemiah 8:15 and that they were to announce and pass the word in all their cities and in Yerushalayim, “Go out to the mountains, and collect branches of olives, wild olives, myrtles, palms, and other leafy trees to make sukkot, as prescribed.”

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*** The word used for live is “yashab” which also means to sit, remain or dwell

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