Sukkot and Thanksgiving

We are coming into the season of fall harvest time and Thanksgiving. It has been said that this American holiday has some roots in the Biblical holiday known as Sukkot, which is the last of the three Pilgrimage festivals spoken of in Leviticus 23.Some historians believe that the 17th century Pilgrims got the idea for Thanksgiving from Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths. You may remember from your elementary school days that the Pilgrims came to America in search of religious freedom. After learning about the Children of Israel’s deliverance from persecution, the Pilgrims settled in their “Promised Land” and they took on the festival of Sukkot as their own.Now this festival is both historical and argricultural. Historically, it commenmorates how God brought forth the Children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt. Also, it is a time to remember how the Lord provided for his disobedient children by giving them food, water and temporary houses called Sukkahs as they wandered the desert. Now agriculturally this feast is all about the harvest. In Israel they harvest grapes, figs, cauliflower, pumpkins, apples, and even gourds; all kinds of produce, these are just a few of them.This feast is all about their crops, giving thanks to God for their produce and praying for winter rain for new crops next year.For Christians, Sukkot is a kind of Thanksgiving for it is a season of great joy and time of just being thankful. Just as the Jews were thankful for their deliverance from Egypt, we are thankful for our deliverance from sin and death through Jesus Messiah, who tabernacledamongst His people.