The Feast of Booths (or Tabernacles) is the seventh biblical holiday that God instructed the children of Israel to observe. (see Leviticus 23.) The Hebrew name for this feast is Sukkot (rhymes with “blue coat”). This year it runs from September 30 through October 7. We hope you enjoy (and maybe learn something from) this little holiday quiz.
- This holiday features booths because:
- God wanted the Israelites to symbolize their loyalty to Him by entering small structures where they could “vote” for Him to rule their lives.
- God wanted the Israelites to celebrate the fall harvest with a national bake-off, so each family built a booth to showcase their breads and cakes.
- God wanted the Israelites to remember their dependence on Him, as illustrated in the temporary nature of their dwellings when He watched over their wilderness wanderings.
- The Gospel of John records that when it came time to celebrate the Feast of Booths, Jesus’ brothers:
- asked Him to build a miraculous booth from five loaves and two fishes
- offered to be His “opening act” as a music group called “Shake Your Lulav”
- did not believe in Him, and sarcastically suggested that He go to Jerusalem to show Himself to the world
- David Brickner’s book about this holiday is available on our website. It is titled:
- How Tall is Your Tabernacle?
- Sukkot for Dummies
- Christ in the Feast of Tabernacles
* This is not a real guarantee. The answers are c, c and c. In the unlikely event that you did not get 100%, we hope you enjoyed the quiz anyway.
** Leviticus 23:40 instructed the Israelites to rejoice before the Lord with “the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook”. This led to a custom of waving or shaking an etrog (citrus fruit) along with a lulav (a “bouquet” made from palm, myrtle and willow trees).