Sukkoth–Thanksgiving for Protection

The Feast of the TabernaclesIllustration:  “The Feast of the Tabernacles” by Marc Chagall, gouache, 1916.

“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:2).

The Sukkoth tradition of building a hut, or Sukkah, is a command of God.  He has commanded His people to build this structure and live in it for seven days. Today, most Jewish families who have a Sukkah will not actually live in it, but find it sufficient to take a meal in it during this season.

The Sukkah is built from “the fruit of splendid trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook.” In Nehemiah’s time the people built the Sukkah from branches from “olive, wild olive, myrtle, palm, and other leafy trees” (Nehemiah 8:15). And the roof of the Sukkah is sparsely thatched so that the sky is visible through the roof. It is not the roofs of our construction that protects us, but the covering that God provides.

The Sukkah is a reminder of the wilderness travels of God’s people. It is a symbol of the protection that He gave His people on their journey to the promised land. It is a temporary dwelling, which reminds us that our time on earth is also temporary.  God promises to provide us with an eternal home.

Jesus promised to prepare places for us in God’s house, which has many rooms. And as you follow Jesus on the path ahead, He has gone on to prepare your room.

 Prayer:  Lord God, I confess that sometimes my home is my security. Lord, thank you for my home, and help me to find my security only in you. In Y’shua’s name, Amen.

Ponder the path:  Many live in fine houses while others have no roof over their head. Yet all live under the protection of God which is there for the asking. Thank Him today for the dwelling you have and for the dwelling to come in heaven.

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