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Feast of shelters
Bible Passage Deuteronomy 16: 13- 15
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books Deuteronomy, John, Philippians.

Feast of shelters

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached September 25, 2023

13 “Celebrate the Festival of Tents for seven days after you harvest from your threshing floor and your wine press.

14 Rejoice in your festival—you, your son, your daughter, your male and female slaves, the descendants of Levi, foreigners, orphans, and widows who live in your cities.

15 For seven days you are to celebrate in the presence of the LORD your God at the place where the LORD will choose; for the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in everything you do, and your joy will be complete.


Each year all the male adults in Israel were to gather at the central place of worship for the three great annual festivals: Passover-Unleavened Bread at the beginning of the year, Firstfruits-Weeks, or Harvest Festival, seven weeks after Passover and Tabernacles-Ingathering, or Festival of Shelters, six months after Passover.

The text we are considering today is about the Festival of Tabernacles or Shelters. This was the final festival that they celebrated in the year. It happened after the grain and wine harvests. Every 7 years at this festival, people read the law publicly. Then everyone would hear it. During this festival, they lived in shelters. That reminded them about their journey through the desert. During their journey, they had lived in tents. The festival was a happy time, in which the Israelites remembered God’s blessings. They remembered how God had provided them with food and water. The last day of the festival was an essential day.

It was on the last day of this festival that Jesus said this. ‘Whoever needs to drink should come to me. And then they can drink.’ (See John 7:37.) But Jesus was not speaking about ordinary water. Jesus is the Person that this festival is really about. He will supply not only the people’s need for food and water. He will provide the needs of their spirits.

The festivals would remind each man that he depended on God for everything. At the festivals, the Israelites were happy. They thanked God and they shared their food with each other. Paul tells Christians: ‘Always be glad because you belong to the Lord. Do not worry about anything. But ask God for what you need. And when you pray, be thankful. If you do that, God will make you calm and content. He will keep your thoughts and minds safe as you trust Christ Jesus.’ (See Philippians 4:4-7).

🔷 Our festivals and celebrations must always honour God and present us with the opportunity to worship Him

🔷 Celebrations must not be selective, but all members of the household, particularly maids and non-biological children must have an equal feel of God’s blessings through you the believer master

🔷 Good harvest and business success come from God who can grant good weather and fertile land

💥 Thank God for your life
💥 Pray for God to bless your handiworks

When we honor God with our harvests, He, in turn, blesses us with more. We must never forget God who grants us success in our work and job.

In series Bright Morning Reflections