Jews, Christians Observe Sukkot Holiday
By Chris Mitchell
CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief
Monday, October 01, 2012
JERUSALEM, Israel -- Earlier in September, Jews celebrated Rosh Hashanah -- the Jewish New Year -- followed 10 days later by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Now, beginning Sunday at sundown, Jews and many Christians are celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot.
The New Testament says Jesus also celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles.
The Gospel of John says "On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, 'If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.'" (John 7: 37-38)
But in light of all the economic uncertainty in the world today, some believe the feast also provides a timely reminder of God's promise of protection.
"I believe this is the time for us to realize ultimately putting our hope in God is the answer," Wayne Hilsden, pastor of the King of Kings congregation told CBN News.
"In God we trust. We don't trust in the dollar bill or the euro. We trust in God," Hilsden explained. "And the Feast of Tabernacles reminds us of the fact that we're on a pilgrimmage. Not only are we in perilous times, but we're on a pilgrimmage and life is not about just what we experience here on this Earth. We're destined for a city without foundations, whose maker and builder is God," he said.