From an early age, our kids loved celebrating Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles)! We would gather every year with friends and congregation members to build and decorate the sukkah, share a big meal together, and sing loudly into the night. The kids latched onto the fun and excitement associated with the holiday, and we would use it as a way to teach about God’s presence with us as well as the glory of His coming kingdom.
The Feast of Tabernacles
the Next Generation
Israel’s fall festivals contain layers of biblical understanding imperative for the next generation to embrace and make their own. As Deuteronomy 6:7 implores, “You shall teach [God’s Word] diligently to your sons.” Within the Jewish community, the annual observance of these festivals helps solidify these biblical truths deeper and deeper into our children as they experience them each year.
Here are some real examples of how families in Messianic Jewish congregations celebrate the fall festivals with their children in a Jesus-glorifying way:
Feast of Tabernacles
Resources for Kids
As you read in the testimonies above, the biblical festivals are a great way to teach kids how Jesus fulfills the Hebrew Scriptures. This fall, we are launching a children’s lesson plan all about the Feast of Tabernacles. It will have an accompanying animated video detailing the adventures of a Messianic Jewish boy named Hilly (short for Hillel) and his friend Valentina, a Gentile believer in Jesus. Hilly wants to help his family prepare for their Feast of Tabernacles festivities, but he must first find some essential items. The ensuing quest includes a fun café owner, a wise Messianic congregational leader, and an adorable Corgi dog.
We want to turn this video into a series called The Olive Treehouse. This series will help teach the next generation how Jesus fulfills the biblical festivals. Central to all biblical festivals is God’s loving plan for Israel and her redemption, why Jewish evangelism is essential, and our unity in the Messiah.
There are many ways to teach the Bible to children. The festivals are one of the ways God provided meaningful lessons to His children. The Feast of Tabernacles demonstrates God’s provision and desire to dwell with His people. These are themes ultimately fulfilled in the Messiah, Jesus. If you want to use the lesson plan and video to start a conversation about this holiday with your children, visit chosenpeople.com/tabernacles.