The Feast of Tabernacles

Feast of Tabernacles (Day 1):         Monday, October 17th

*Begins sundown, Sunday, October 16th

Feast of Tabernacles (Day 8):         Monday, October 24th

The Feast of Tabernacles is the climax of the Fall Feasts and the most celebrative. It is God’s appointed time for believers to come into His presence and celebrate His glory, provision, protection, and deliverance through Jesus Christ. Leviticus 23:40 says to “Rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.” Deuteronomy 16:14-15 says to “Be joyful at your Feast for the Lord your God will bless you and your joy will be complete.” We will celebrate with singing, dancing, and great food.  Mark your calendar to be a part of this exciting time.

The Lulav & The Etrog

During this Fall harvest festival, we are giving thanks to God for meeting our needs and for being present with us. God often uses physical symbols to remind us of important spiritual concepts. One tradition associated with Sukkot is the making of a “Lulav” (LOO-lav) or bouquet of three branches. One, long-held interpretation of the three different “species” present in the bouquet is that the grouping reminds us of how our body is built to serve God.

1. The PALM (“Lulav” in Hebrew) reminds us of the backbone of a person. We are called to
be “upright” in our lifestyle. (Psalms 11:7)
2. The MYRTLE corresponds to our eyes. We must develop spiritual eyes to see as God sees.
(Matthew 7)
3. The WILLOW refers to our lips. We are to speak as God would have us speak and to learn
to pray. (1 Peter 3:10)

The Etrog is a lemon-like citrus fruit from the citron tree. During the Feast of Tabernacles, it is used as a visual symbol, along with the Lulav bouquet. The Etrog can represent the human heart. It is the place of understanding in wisdom within a person. Only God can give us a pure heart as we open up to His Word and to His love.

During the Feast of Tabernacles, the Lulav and Etrog are used in prayer during the eight days of the festival. Please see the attachment below for instructions on how to pray using the Lulav and Etrog.

HOW TO MAKE A LULAV:

Go to a florist shop, Home Depot, WalMart or any store that has a nursery and purchase a palm frond (18-24″), a sprig of myrtle, and a sprig of willow (each 8-12″). Tie the non-leafy ends together with sting or ribbon. Make sure the leaves are still free to “shake” at the top.

Option: Take a nature walk. Find 3 different species of branching leaves (i.e, pine, oak, & sweet gum). Tie them together and use them as your Lulav. This is a great opportunity to spend time with the family.

Things you need to know:

  •  Begins sundown, Sunday, October 16th and ends sundown, Monday, October 24th.

  • Feast of Tabernacles Evening Worship will be held Sunday, October 16th at 7:00 p.m. at The KBC.  

  • Feast of Tabernacles Worship Celebration for Men Only will be held Monday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. at The KBC.  All men are asked to attend and bring a special offering according to Deuteronomy 16:16-17.

  • 20th Annual Prayer Explosion Conference, Wednesday, October 19th – Saturday, October 22nd at The KBC.

  • Church Family Tabernacles Carnival, Saturday, October 22nd, 1:00 p.m. at The KBC.

  • Miracle, Healing, and Deliverance Worship Service, Saturday, October 22nd, 10:00 a.m. at The KBC.  All members are asked to attend.

  • Concluding Feast of Tabernacles Party, Sunday, October 23rd, 7:00 p.m. at The KBC. All members are asked to attend.

  • Feast of Tabernacles “At-Home” Worship, Monday, October 24th.

  • All believers are to bring a sacrificial offering each day of this Feast.  If you are unable to attend a Worship Celebration, offerings may be submitted online or mailed to:

WVUMC
Attention: Jean Gray
6011 West Orem, Suite 2250
Houston, Texas 77085
www.kingdombuilders.com