As we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot in Hebrew), we worship in thankfulness for all that God has done for us in the season that we’ve just completed, and we prepare our hearts during the Feast for the new season that is now beginning. So, it is very important that we learn about the Feast of Tabernacles and think about what we’re expecting God to do for us during this time.
Celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles puts us in a place of seeking God. We experience a new relationship with the Word of God as we celebrate this Feast. In His Word, we find instructions and direction for our lives in the coming year. Our cry before the Lord is that His Word will break our hearts and cause us to repent, so that we will see the manifestation of the Word of God coming alive to the Body of Christ, coming alive to Israel, in a new and greater way.
During the Feast of Tabernacles, we must “build our booths”—construct our lives—with a focus on God and His provision (and not on the desolate wilderness). Because when we dwell in the shelter of the Most High, we will have a focus on God that will bring us to a place of trust and deliverance from everything that could come against us in the dark days we may face in the coming year.
As we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, we also find the Lordship of Christ coming alive. We know that His Kingdom is established in Heaven, but there will come a time when the age of Messiah will begin to reign in the earth even as the Lordship of Christ reigns in our hearts. In this Feast, we find ourselves contending together in prayer to see the manifestations of the Kingdom of God in the earth now.
Heavenly Father, bring Your Word and Your Lordship over our lives, over our families, over our communities, over the Earth itself. Let it be in this time and let it begin as something that results from our celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles!
- Nehemiah 8:13-18 “The Lord had commanded through Moses that the sons of Israel should live in booths during the feast.”
- Numbers 9:15-23 “So it was continuously; the cloud would cover it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.”
- Psalm 91:1-16 “No evil will befall you.”
- 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 “Transformed into the same image from glory to glory.”
- “I believe this can be a transitional time for Israel and for the Body of Christ both as we experience something tremendous in these days of Tabernacles.”
- “The Lord tells us where to live, but how we live is something that we construct as part of this Tabernacle experience.”
- “We’re going to be living in maybe some very dark days during this coming year, but what we focus on is what God is doing for us.”
- “We don’t know what we face or what we’re going to go through just as they didn’t in the wilderness know exactly what they would face day to day, but they knew one thing—the glory and the presence in the light of God was with them.”
- Prepare yourself as you think about the Feast of Tabernacles and what you expect God to do for you during this time.
- Build your booth—your life, your family, your community—in a way that they house us in His Presence and create a constant focus on His glory.
- Abide in the shadow of the Almighty and let Him become your dwelling place so that the glory of His Presence will begin to manifest around you.
- Focus on the Lord’s Presence so that you might be changed from glory to glory into that same Presence, but also that you might reflect that glory to others as it radiates from you.