The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)
During the Feast of Tabernacles, God commands his people to build temporary shelters called sukkot, (literally booths) and to live in them for seven days. The primary theme of the feast is to help us remember that God wishes to dwell with us, and to teach us how He will do so. Gods presence and Gods kingdom go hand-in-hand, so this festival teaches us also about the establishment of Gods kingdom, evident largely in Zechariah 14.
The act of tabernacling reminds us of Gods promise to Abraham that He would be his God and the God of his descendants (which Biblically is often partnered with the idea that He will dwell, or tabernacle, with us). This is significant because we are Abrahams heirs, and the salvation that Jesus provided is a fulfillment of that promise made to Abraham. The act of tabernacling also reminds us of the time that God tabernacled among the Israelites in the desert, and later in the Temple. Furthermore, the book of John tells us that the Word, Jesus, came and tabernacled among us. Eventually He sent the Holy Spirit to tabernacle in us, His temples. Finally, this act will find its ultimate fulfillment when Jesus returns and we will dwell in the Lords kingdom and His presence forever.
as a part of this feast, the priests would collect water from the pool
of Siloam in Jerusalem to pour over a corner of the altar in a libation
ceremony. As the people were singing, With joy we will draw water
out of the well of salvation (yeshua), the gospel of John records
that Jesus (Yeshua) cried out in a loud voice If anyone is thirsty,
let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture
has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." Beyond
the powerful application that teaches us of His life and cleansing, this
statement powerfully equates Jesus and us to the Temple in Ezekiels
vision, from which living water flows in Jesus' future kingdom.
more information on the feasts, click on this link to Edward Chumney's
Seven Festivals of the Messiah.