Sukkot: Celebrating God’s Provision
And they found written in the Law, which the Lord had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths during the feast of the seventh month, and that they should announce and proclaim in all their cities and in Jerusalem, saying, “Go out to the mountain, and bring olive branches, branches of oil trees, myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written.” - >Nehemiah 8:14-15
When Nehemiah went back to Israel to help rebuild Jerusalem and its wall, they found the Law, which told them how to worship the Lord. It was the time of Sukkot, the Feast of Booths. They would celebrate how the Lord provided for and protected the children of Israel during their journey through the wilderness.
This Feast is also a weeklong celebration of the fall harvest—again, recognition of God’s provision for His people. As God provided in the wilderness, He continued to provide for them in the land of Israel.
Today, the Jewish people will still set up their booths in their yards. They will get the branches from the olive, oil, myrtle and palm trees, just as God had directed them in the Law, and build their booths. They will eat one or more meals in their booths and thank God for protecting their people.
At this time of great turmoil in the Middle East, the Jewish people have only God to defend them. As they gather together to celebrate God’s provision and protection in the wilderness, they will seek the same for the perilous times we are living in.
Our total welfare is the constant concern of God’s loving heart.
~W. J. C. White~
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