Adonai said to Moshe, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of Sukkot for seven days to Adonai.”-Leviticus 23:33-34
We now arrive at the final Biblical Feast of SUKKOT, otherwise as the “Feast of Tabernacles”.
Sometimes it is also called the “Feast of Booths” or the “Feast of Ingathering” in reference to the final harvest of the year.
This is a 7-day long feast that starts every year on the 15th day of TISHRI (the 7th month).
This would be around September-October according to our modern calendars.
The original Hebrew term for this feast is HAG SUKKOT.
Do you recall what HAG means?
It means “pilgrimage”.
Therefore, this was one of the feasts that required all male worshippers to make a pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem to observe it.
There are two points I need to make clear.
First, notice I bolded and underlined the word “male”.
The whole family was NOT required to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Only all males over the age of 13 had to go.
Second, notice it says you are to “bring an offering made by fire to Adonai“.
So the real issue was not going to the city of Jerusalem but going to the temple.
However, since the temple was in Jerusalem, obviously you can’t separate one from the other.
Now what’s interesting is that even today there are those who believe that males are still required to go to Jerusalem for these feasts in order to be obedient to God.
Is this true?
I would say NO.
Because the whole point of making a pilgrimage was to make a sacrifice on the Temple Altar.
However, is there a temple today?
Hence, it is impossible to follow this Law.
And finally, do not the apostolic Scriptures tell us that Yeshua’s atoning death is now the once and for all substitute for all time?
Hence, there is no more sacrificial element that can be fulfilled today.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“And by that will we have been sanctified
through the offering of the body of
Yeshua the Messiah once for all.
And every priest stands daily at his service,
offering repeatedly the same sacrifices,
which can never take away sins.
But when Messiah had offered for all time
a single sacrifice for sins,
he sat down at the right hand of God,
waiting from that time until his enemies
should be made a footstool for his feet.
For by a single offering
he has perfected for all time
those who are being sanctified.“