Thousands of years ago, God camped with His people. The camping trip began when God set the Israelites free from slavery in Egypt. They started walking through the desert with their leader, Moses. Each time they stopped for a rest, they set up tents—smaller tents for themselves and a big one for God. They called God’s tent the tabernacle.
The tabernacle was a giant tent. It was about as big as two school buses beside each other with another two school buses on top. But it was much fancier than any school bus! The tent’s crossbars were covered with gold. Beautiful blue, purple and red curtains draped the walls. And best of all, God camped inside—close to the people He loved!
Later, God told Moses to have His people live in booths (like tents) for a week each year. By living outside, the people could remember and thank God for rescuing them from slavery.
Many Jewish people still celebrate the Feast of Booths, which is also called the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot. People build a booth outside, then decorate it with greenery and fruit. The booth makes a perfect place to eat meals or camp and look up at the stars.
In 2022, the feast will be celebrated October 9-16. What a great time to thank God for how He takes care of His people!
Time to Celebrate
Maybe your family can pick a day to prepare a special meal and eat outside. As you eat, thank God for all the ways He helps your family.