The Feast of Booths, or Sukkot, provided a time to remember how God had delivered His people from bondage and how He had provided for them in the wilderness. It looked back at deliverance, but it also looked forward to something else—to Messiah.
Building tabernacles or “booths” (Hebrew sukkot) was nothing new for the Jews (Lev. 23:34, 42-43). The act served as a mandatory memorial of God’s faithfulness in the wilderness. At Sukkot, every seven years on the sabbatical year, the Law was read in the hearing of all Israel (Deut. 31:10-11).
The Bible refers to the holiday by several other names:
- The Feast of the Harvest (Exod. 23:16)
- The Feast of Ingathering (Exod. 34:22)
- The feast of the Lord (Lev. 23:39)
- The feast (1 Ki. 8:2; 2 Chron. 7:8-9; John 7:37)
In light of the world’s ugliness, it’s tempting to hole up on some mountain and just wait for God to come get us. In fact, it was the Feast of Booths Peter had in mind when he made exactly that request to Jesus.
We may not know it, but we often ask for the same thing.