Sukkot is the third feast of the three major fest (Deut. 16:16) It is the time when we are commanded to dwelling in booths (Lev. 23:42). The reason why the children of Israel must keep Sukkot is so that the generations may know that YHWH made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt (Lev. 23:43). YHWH commanded that the Israelites dwell in booths for seven days (Lev. 23:41-42; Num. 29:12; Deut. 16:13) because YHWH thy Elohim shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all thy works of thine hands, therefore thou shall surely rejoice (Deut. 16:15) This day shall be proclaimed and kept as a holy convocation (coming together) and you shall do no servile work therein, it shall be a statue forever (Lev. 23:35; Num.29:12). All the names for Sukkot in the scriptures are, Feast of Ingathering (Exo.23:16; Exo.34:22) and Feast of Tabernacles (Deut. 16:16; 2 Chron. 8:13). Sukkot is the 15th day of the seventh month (Lev. 23:33-44; Deu.16:13-15; Num. 29:12-40)
Note: Zechariah 14 explains how this feast is a statue forever and how there will come a time that all nations will understand and appreciate this commanded feast. (Zech.14:16) A sukkah- derived from sekhakh (coverings) - refers to a booth generally constructed for temporary or modest dwelling, these booths were made from tree branches Nehemiah 8:14-16, such as one that might have provided for cattle, Genesis 33:17. On the 1st day the Israelites where commanded to gather in the fruits of their land (Leviticus 23:39) and to make a Lulav which is a closed frond of the date palm tree (Leviticus 23:40). Boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of thick trees and willows of the brook.
Note: Boughs of goodly trees- although no special tree was mention it probably was the olive tree being that Nehemiah 8:15 mentions the olive branches were to be fetched during the time of the feast. The four are lumped together under term lulav, since the lulav is the largest and most prominent.
What are the Creator commands on Sukkot:
1. To not work the 1st day (Lev. 23:35)
2. To rejoice before YHWH (Deut. 16:13-14; Deut. 23:40)
3. To live in Sukkah (booths) (Lev. 23:42)
4. To gather on the first day boughs of goodly trees. (Lev. 23:40)
“Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year”
Exo. 23:14 and17; Deut.16:16-17
Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles