An excerpt from my notes about the Feast of Tabernacles:
During the Feast of Tabernacles, the Israelites were to live in tent-like
structures called tabernacles or booths as a reminder that the Lord had them dwell in booths when He brought them out of Egypt (Lev. 23:42, 43). The Lord also dwelled in the Tent of
Meeting, located in the center of Israel’s camp. The words “tabernacles” and “booths” are two ways
to translate the Hebrew word twks (“sukkot”). The word “sukkot” denotes temporary shelters
made by weaving branches together.
Coupling this with Jesus’s teaching in John 15 gives us an image
of the Lord and His people dwelling in union: “I am the vine; you are the
branches. If a man remains in me and I
in him, he will bear much fruit” (John 15:5).
We can almost re-imagine the camp of Israel as a vineyard where the
branches weave in and out of each other to form a whole field of living
tabernacles whose vines all twine out from the Lord’s Tabernacle in the
center. This is a picture of our living
union with Christ. Only within this
vineyard—where life flows from the True Vine to and through and among the
branches—can we bear fruit. “No branch
can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me” (John 15:4).