The Jewish feasts. The Christian calendar. Which one should form our worship?
The answer isn’t so simple. As I noted in Moments & Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith, it behooves us all to learn a little something about each calendar – and then begin allow the rhythm of one to shape our discipleship journey, one day at a time.
I’m offering in this space one small, do-able step here in this space you, your family, small group, or church can use to move their learning from the page to life about each holy day, along with one recipe you may wish to try. There are a few recipes in the back ofMoments & Days, but the recipes you’ll find on this blog didn’t make it into the book.
Today, we’ll be looking at Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, or Booths. The eight-day feast begins at sundown, Sunday, October 16th, and concludes the evening of Sunday, October 23rd. For a 5-minute overview of the holy day, click here.
Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles, is the final feast of the yearly festal cycle. It comes just five short days after Yom Kippur, and is marked by the construction of little temporary dwellings, booths – or sukkahs, in which families are supposed to live and eat for 8 days. The holiday is joyous, hopeful and marked by an intense focus on hospitality. Sukkot is also known as the Feast of Ingathering. While the name stirs images of agricultural harvest time, it actually points forward, toward the time when God’s people from every tongue, tribe, and nation will be gathered to him (Revelation 5:9). Sukkot invites us to savor each year the sweet promise of ingathering as our penultimate family reunion. [Read more]