Sukkot and the Spirit of God

By: Jordan Y.

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast [of Sukkot], Yeshua stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink’….this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive…. (John 7:37 & 39)

This week, we celebrate the biblical feast of Sukkot, one of the five biblical festivals of Israel. The Scriptures tell us that during Sukkot, Yeshua referred to the fulfillment that comes from the Spirit.

The holiday of Sukkot gets its name from the custom of putting up tents or “tabernacles” during this feast that are referred to in Hebrew as “sukkot”. Leviticus 23:32–33 tells us, “Let your generations know that on Sukkot I brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt.” Sukkot emphasizes the state of wandering as a situation that brings us closer to God, through taking us into a transformative process of shedding layers of mistrust and pain of separation.

Wanderings force us to dispose of our lack of faith in God, for in the course of their wanderings the Israelites could not rely on anyone to satisfy their needs except God. A state of wandering uproots us from everything that has provided us with material comfort and security, and forces us to look to God for all of our needs.

During Sukkot, Yeshua promised total fulfilment through access to the Spirit of God. Just as God’s spirit led the children of Israel during their wanderings in the desert, we may be led by His Spirit today! During Sukkot, we remember the wanderings of our ancestors, the provision of God, and the need for guidance by His Spirit, which is given to all who believe in Yeshua.

Hag Sameach!

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