Jesus and Sukkot

Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles is one of the Feasts of the Lord established by God in the Torah. In Hayyim Schauss’s book, The Jewish Festivals, he wrote about the traditions that went into the Israelites’ celebration of Sukkot during the first century A.D., when the Second Temple still stood.

Something to know before I get to the quote: In Hebrew, Jesus’s name is Yeshua (ישועה), which is derived from Yehoshua (הישועה), which both mean “salvation.”

The following is from Schauss’s book, but I have added a quote from a different book at the end, which will be in bold:

Every day, after the burning of the daily sacrifices, a libation of wine is poured on the altar.  But during Sukkos there is also a libation of water, with special ceremonies that all wish to see.

A merry throng gathers for the procession from the Mount of the Temple down to the spring of Shiloah.  Leading the procession is a priest bearing a large golden ewer, in which he draws the water to be poured on the altar.  He returns to the Temple and comes to the Water Gate which leads to the inner court.  A great crowd awaits him there and greets him with joy.  Priests carrying silver trumpets blow the ceremonial calls, t’ki-oh, t’ru-oh, t’ki-oh, and other priests chant the words of the Prophet, “With joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” 

[John 7:37-38]: On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus [Salvation] stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 

As they were pouring water on the altar and chanting Isaiah’s passage about drawing water from the wells of salvation, a man named Salvation told them about the water of salvation that came from Him.  This additional information sheds light on why this event caused many to believe that Yeshua was the Messiah, as John describes in John 7:40-44.

This alone doesn’t prove that Yeshua is the Messiah, it could be just another pebble on a mountain of coincidences.  What it does prove is that the more you look, the more meaning there is in every verse of the Bible.  The more you understand the Jewish roots of Christianity, the better you understand true Christianity.  The better you know the Torah, the better you know Jesus; and the better you know Yeshua, the better you know the Torah.



And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.


One comment

  1. Sweet Home AlabaMama · September 28, 2015

    Very well said. This is one topic you don’t hear much about during Sukkot. Thanks for sharing!

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