It was while I was building my own
sukkah (tabernacle/booth) for the first time as an adult at the age of
thirty that the full force of John 1:14, hit me. "The Word
became flesh and tabernacled among us." I had been a follower of
Messiah Yeshua for six years. I already had an intellectual understanding
that the Greek word for tabernacled was the same word used for sukkah. Yet,
suddenly in the midst of building one, the reality of that verse exploded
in my mind and heart. Here was a real fusion of the heavenly glory and the
earthly container. The revelation was so overwhelming that I became
physically weak and had to go and lie down and absorb it before I could
resume work on the sukkah.
Though my experience occurred while building a physical sukkah in the
context of the holiday, it was the eternal reality that I touched (or that
touched me) to which the earthly sukkah points, that was the essence of the
encounter. The same thing doesn't happen every time I build a sukkah,
but the deposit remaining in my soul from that time will never go away.
The sukkah (tabernacle/booth) is a picture of Yeshua, who is "the Word
(who) became flesh and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His glory, glory
as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John
"... who, although He existed in the form of God did not regard equality
with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a
bond servant, being made in the likeness of men" (Philippians 2:6,7).
Yeshua came from the most solid and secure permanent place. He chose to
come, to a place of suffering, as a person, as one of us, in order to share
in our experience. By taking on a human body He took on that temporal
frame, susceptible to all the afflictions of humanity. What could be a more
tangible picture of this than leaving the security and comfort of our homes
in order to dwell in a temporary structure, exposed to the full range of
An Experience for the Whole Family
"You shall dwell in booths for seven days ... that your generations may
know ... that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought
them out of the land of Egypt ..." (Leviticus 23:42-43)
The week of dwelling in the sukkah helps us to realize the frailties of
this life. It encourages us to remember God's provisions for us in the
wilderness journey, and to look forward to the time when He will be our
permanent dwelling place.
Sukkot1 - the Feast of Tabernacles -
is, and has for many years been, my family's favorite holiday.
Everything about it resonates with a life and vibrancy that, I believe,
excels anything else in the annual Biblical festival cycle (and
that's no mean feat). Sukkot is the culminating festival of that
yearly cycle. Rich themes, symbols and activities make it a feast for
spirit, soul and body.
A Feast for All Nations
The above are excerpts from a book I wrote about Sukkot, which is now being
made available for the very first time – free of
charge.2 It is our desire to provide
you with tools by which you can both understand and celebrate this grand
festival of God in a manner that will be a great blessing to you and your
families. We pray that it will be a foretaste of the ultimate celebration
in which Israel and the nations will participate together in the presence
of the Lord in Jerusalem at the end of this age.
"And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations
which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the
King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles"
1 This year the biblical Feast
of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is celebrated in Israel from sundown October 16
to sundown October 23.
2 To find and download
Moshe Morrison's Sukkot book, please go online to: