Special Sacrifices were offered on each day of the Feast.
|Burnt Offerings ||Young Bullocks ||Rams ||Yearling Lambs |
|1st Day ||13 ||2 ||14 |
|2nd Day ||12 ||2 ||14 |
|3rd Day ||11 ||2 ||14 |
|4th Day ||10 ||2 ||14 |
|5th Day ||9 ||2 ||14 |
|6th Day ||8 ||2 ||14 |
|7th Day ||7 ||2 ||14 |
|Total ||70 + ||14 + ||98 = 182 |
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|8th Day ||1 ||1 ||7 |
Special Psalms were sung during the Feast. These were Psalms 120 to 134, known as the fifteen "songs of degrees," or "songs of ascent." They were sung by pilgrims on the way up to Jerusalem to keep the Feast. Psalms 113 to 118, known as the Hallel (Praise God) Psalms, were also sung.
Jesus kept the Feast of Tabernacles while he was on the earth.
"After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him. Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand . . . Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught." (John 7:1-2, 14)
Paul kept the Feast of Tabernacles.
"And he came to Ephesus, and left them there; but he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. When they asked him to stay a longer time with them, he did not consent, but took leave of them, saying, 'I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing.' And he sailed from Ephesus. " (Acts 18:19-21).
The Feast will be kept in the future.
"Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the entrance to this gateway before the Lord on the Sabbaths and the New Moons . . . But when the people of the land come before the Lord on the appointed feast days . . ." (Ezekiel 46:3, 9)
According to Alfred Edersheim's book on The Temple, the Feast of Tabernacles is the most joyful of all God's feasts. The harvest in the fall was a reminder of Israel's dwelling in booths after the Exodus and the final harvest when its mission is complete and all people come to God.
The Last Great Day
The Last Great Day of the feast is also known as the eighth day. It is an independent festival from Tabernacles.
The Festival of Shelters begins on the fifteenth day of the seventh month and continues for seven days. 35 On the first of these days come together for worship and do none of your daily work. 36 Each day for seven days you shall present a food offering. On the eighth day come together again for worship and present a food offering. It is a day for worship, and you shall do no work. (Leviticus 23:33-36)
Jesus kept the Last Great Day.
37. Now in the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and called out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink." (John 7)
The Last Great Day represents the time when God will make salvation available to all those who never had a previous chance to choose it.
4. And I saw thrones . . . judgment was given to them; and I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, and for the Word of God . . . and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5. (But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were completed.) (Revelation 20:4-5)