The Old Testament has many commands regarding the observance of festivals. I don't believe these commands are for us to keep as Christians, but if we see the Old Testament as a shadow, a pointer to the reality found in Christ (Hebrews 8:5, Colossians 2:16f ), we start to unearth untold treasures in the prophetic nature of these feasts.
This next series of posts will look at some of the ways this autumn festival can inform & impact our lives.
First some background.....
God commanded the feast as a celebration of His protection and provision during Israel’s sojourn in the wilderness. Temporary shelters were to be constructed, and Jewish families were to move into them for the duration of the festival. The shelters were to remind them of the pilgrimage to the Promised Land, the way God covered the community with a cloud, and His presence with them in His own Tabernacle. It was during this feast that the temple of Solomon was dedicated. In remembrance of this, four great candelabras illuminated the Temple and the city, representing the ‘shekinah’ glory of God’s presence.