sermonette: What Makes for a Good Feast of Tabernacles?
David C. Grabbe
Given 03-Oct-20; 19 minutes
David Grabbe, comparing the peoples' respect for God's instruction in Nehemiah's time (when copies of the written teachings were rare) to the respect for the Bible now, when it is seemingly ubiquitous, highlights the grief-filled reaction of the people when Ezra the Scribe read from the law, pointing out how they had unwittingly transgressed it. When Ezra read the portion about dwelling in booths, the people diligently constructed booths, something totally neglected since the time of Joshua. Sadly, the breakup of Israel and Judah prompted Jeroboam to establish a counterfeit Feast of Tabernacles, while Judah perverted the existing Feast of Tabernacles, causing God to reject the people because of their desecration of His Holy Days (Lamentations 2). Leviticus 23:40 contains a command to dwell in temporary booths for seven days (perhaps symbolic of our temporary 70+ tenure on the earth). As the green leaves change colors, celebrants cannot help but reflect on the brevity of their lives. Sukkot was the name of the place Jacob provided for his animals, indicating that the lives of God's people is a journey in which they, like sheep, follow their Shepherd to their ultimate destination.