Published on January 3, 2017
1. SUKKOT/SUCCOT Feast of Tabernacles Yeshua Tabernacles with Us
2. Notes about this lesson. Lesson Plan which accompany ppt is found at: http://www.biblecounselingcenter.com/free-children-bible-lessons.php • This lesson, Yeshua Tabernacles with Us, covers selected components or aspect(s) of Succoth and is intended to be used a guide and as a useful tool to teach a class or multiple classes on Succoth from a Messianic perspective. The main purpose of this lesson is to widen students’ awareness of “tabernacle” or sukkot , particularly, seeing themselves as living tabernacles where Yeshua dwells and be encouraged to make their lives a beautiful place/sukkah for Yeshua’s presence. Students will be introduced to a variety of sukkot and encouraged to make their own. Students are also introduced to the teaching that Sukkot is the most likely time of Yeshua’s birth and a birthday cake is shared as a practical way of making that association. Instructions are adapted to teach both younger and older students (lower elementary to middle school, though young and older adults can also benefit). Multi-faceted material and props such as a tent or sheet, a string of Christmas lights, paper, whiteboard, overhead projector, videos and other online resources, can be utilized. Materials and procedure or “how to” suggestions are found at http://www.biblecounselingcenter.com/free-children-bible-lessons.php) Further studies are encouraged. Student engagement is a key factor of this and other lessons, therefore discussion points and activities where students can participate and be involved in learning is planned into the lesson.
3. Sukkot, YHWH’s command: Leviticus 23:33-36;42 “Tell the people of Israel, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles)for seven days to YHWH. [On the first day there is to be a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work. For seven days you are to bring an offering made by fire to YHWH; on the eighth day you are to have a holy convocation and bring an offering made by fire to YHWH; it is a day of public assembly; do not do any kind of ordinary work.] ’…..You shall dwell in booths for seven days, all that are Israelite born shall dwell in booths” • (Younger children memorize Lev. 23:38a,42 -parts in red)
4. What is SUKKOT? • Sukkot is a HOLYday where we celebrate being in tents or sukkot because Yahweh told us (The Hebrews) to live in tents or sukkot for seven days. So we obey and celebrate this Holyday. • Another name for sukkah is TABERNACLE or BOOTH or TENT, it a place where we STAY. It’s a HOME that is PORTABLE and easy to MOVE. • Sukkot is also called The Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths. We could also call it “Feast of Tents”. On Sukkot we build a little house or a Sukkah typically with three walls and a door. • We eat in it, we dance in it, we sing in it – for seven days.
5. Why do we Celebrate sukkot? • We celebrate because Yahweh commanded us (the Hebrews) to do so. • We do this because long ago our ancestors, our fore-parents, had to travel a long, long way for many, many, years before they could get home. On their way, they had to camp a lot and so they had to live in tents. Tents are easy homes to make because we can take them down and put them back up when we need to. • While they were traveling in the dessert, God gave them food from heaven when they were hungry and He gave them water out of a rock when they needed water to drink. • So, we live in sukkot, tents, or booths because we are remembering that time and we also are thankful that Yahweh always provide for us even if we live in tents/sukkot.
6. Sukkah vs. Sukkot
7. Sukkah vs. Sukkot
8. Modern Booths Restaurant Booths Shopping Booths
9. Introduce song: VIDEO show many different types of sukkot. Look for them. If you see one you like ‘thumbs up” ; If you see one that you think is ugly, ‘thumbs down’ //www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aDiRzW31-o For Younger Children
10. For Younger Children: Refer back to the other words for sukkah and Succoth that the Bible uses. Teacher reads the scriptures. Students whisper “succoth” when they hear the word ‘tabernacle’ or ‘booth’ or ‘home” or “tent” For Older Children: Students read scriptures and each time the words tabernacle, booth, home, or tent, are seen, they substitute the word, sukkah or succoth (if plural).
11. Other words for Sukkah/Sukkot(Succoth): Tabernacle/s, Booth/s, tents, home/s, dwelling/s
12. On that day I will raise up 'The tabernacle of David', which has fallen down...Amos 9:11
13. 1 Chronicles 16:1 So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God.
14. Ex. 33:7-11 7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the "tent of meeting." Anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. 8 And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. 9 As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the LORD spoke with Moses. 10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to his tent. 11 The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
15. Context: Elijah and Moses visit Yeshua on the Mount where Yeshua changed into a brightness. Peter wanted to stay on the mountain. He offered to make three sukkot for them. Matt. 17:4 Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
16. Memory Verse Leviticus 23:33-36, 42 Option 1 ` For Older Children: “Tell the people of Israel, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of Sukkot for seven days to YHWH. On the first day there is to be a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work. For seven days you are to bring an offering made by fire to YHWH; on the eighth day you are to have a holy convocation and bring an offering made by fire to YHWH; it is a day of public assembly; do not do any kind of ordinary work.’” For Younger Children: Tell the people of Israel, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of Sukkot for seven days to YHWH. … You shall dwell in booths for seven days all that are Israelite born shall dwell in booths” See Memory verse finger play to help with memorization.
17. Memory Verse John 1: 14a NLT Option 2 • So the Word /Yahshua became human and made his home/Sukkah among us. John 1:14a (Older children) “And he/Yeshua tabernacle/sukkah with us” --------------------------- “And Yeshua sukkah with us” (younger children)
18. MEMORY VERSE (For Option 2) DISCUSSION QUESTION How can we make our hearts /our minds/ or lives a place where Yeshua can tabernacle inside us? or How can we ‘decorate” or make our lives, our, minds, our hearts, a place where Yeshua can sukkah or tabernacle/ make His home inside us?
19. Activity: string lights on tent (for stars/remeniscent of Christmas so children and relate to the season) decorate with picture of fruits that students have colored and pin or tape to sukkah.
20. “Yeshua has come” Optional activity ’Joy to the world, the Lord has come” Song; “Joy to the world Yeshua has come, Let earth receive her king. Let every heart prepare him room. Let heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oarRg8JGqpY
21. Yeshua’s Birthday is Sukkot/not Christmas • Sing “Happy Birthday” song to Yeshua
22. Edible Sukkah “craft”
23. Edible Sukkah Ingredients 1. cilantro or parsley 2. pretzels 3. graham crackers 4. edible glue, or frosting, or Peanut Butter (to serve as adhesive)
24. Credits • Much appreciation to those who created the resources on YouTube and the pictures on the internet. None of these images are my originals and I’d like to express thanks and give full credit to all. Reference: http://www.jewishvoice.org/media/publications/articles/sukkot- the-feast-of-booths.html • First and Second Coming of Messiah by Dr. Levi Webb. Covenant Bible College’s Master’s Curriculum text book. Pages 281-283 ( https://leviwebbministries.org/shop/ )