Through Israel’s journey, one of the ways God revealed Himself was as a Good Shepherd to guard, protect, provide and to bring them into perfect rest.
The wave offering of the branches symbolized their gratitude for God’s faithfulness in providing plentiful harvests all year.
The booths reminded the people of God’s deliverance from Egypt and His faithfulness during their long journey to Canaan.
The Feast of Tabernacles [Sukkot] begins exactly six months after the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The spring holy day commemorates the day Israel left Egypt; this holy day commemorates the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land.
Yom Kippur is the only day of the year that the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies. thee he made atonement for the nation of Israel by putting the blood of the sacrificial goat on the mercy seat.
From sundown to sundown the entire country of Israel shuts down. Even the roads will be closed to all but emergency vehicles. Bicycles abound. Religious Jews will spend much time in the synagogues; and many go for long walks. There is a sense of peace and serenity that blankets the country. What is missing is a sober sense of confession and repentance.
The Hebrew word translated as “confess” יָדַע [yä·dah’] is the same root used for “know.” Thus to confess is to know, acknowledge and perceive and declare; confession of sin is to agree with God.