About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Goes To The Feast Of Tabernacles (ch.7:1-13)
were seven Old Testament feasts set forth in the Law of Moses.
They are Passover, Unleavened Bread, Fist Fruits, Pentecost,
Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles.
The Feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles were required
feasts to attend. From John
7 through chapter 10, verse, 21, the backdrop is the Feast of
Tabernacles. This feast was
to give thanks to God for harvest and the exodus from
tells us in verse 1 that Jesus purposely stayed away from Judea. He remained in
Galilee. Judea is south of Galilee
and is where Jerusalem
is located. The Jews,
meaning, Jewish leadership, were very upset with Jesus by now and were
ready to take Him by force and kill Him.
other three gospel accounts relate much of what Jesus did in His
ministry in Galilee, but not John. Much of what
John records Jesus doing is in Judea, and especially Jerusalem.
2 tells us that the Feast of Tabernacles was near. As I've said above,
there were seven feasts set forth in the Law of Moses.
The system of feasts and sabbaths revolved around the number
seven. The sabbath was the
seventh day of the week. There
were seven feasts. The
seventh month and the seventh year were holy.
After forty nine years, thatís seven time seven years, was the
year of Jubilee; a joyous year when all debts were cancelled.
Feast of Tabernacles was also called the Feast of Ingathering, because
it began on the fifteenth day of the seventh month.
It was associated with the ingathering of the crops of the field.
People would live in tents during this feast, thus its name,
Feast of Tabernacles, or Feast of Booths or Tents.
People would live in tents in the fields as they gathered in the
crops. The feast began the
fifteenth day of the seventh month (Tishri), five days after the Day of
Atonement. The month of Tishri roughly corresponds in part to
our months of September and October, depending on they year.
verse 3 we note that Jesus had brothers.
5 tells us that Jesus' brothers did not believe in who Jesus claimed to
be at this point. This
suggests to me that their command for Jesus to go to
verse 6 Jesus says that the right time had not yet come for Him to go to
Jerusalem. For His brothers, the
right time was any time. They
were not on a strict time table of events as He was.
They could go to
7 is connected to verse 6 in the sense that Jesus calls the world evil,
and, that evil world would eventually execute Him.
Jesus says that His brothers could go to the feast because the
world doesnít hate them as it hates Him. Nothing would happen to the
really haven't changed. The
world is still evil and the world still hates Jesus.
We will see later on in John's gospel that Jesus tells the Twelve
that because the world hates Him it will hate them as well.
The more our culture becomes anti-Christ in nature, and, the more
we demonstrate Jesus to the world, the more the world will hate us as
8 tells us that Jesus told His brothers to go to the feast in
10 tells us that at some point after the brothers left Jesus went as
well. We just don't know how
much time elapsed between when the brothers left for
we must note that Jesus followed a predetermined time table set forth by
God His Father.
commentators tell us the word "Jews" here means the Jewish
religious and civil authorities.
verses 12 and 13 John reports that during the feast there was "wide
spread whispering" about Jesus.
Some said that He was a good man, while others said that He was a
deceiver. The words
"wide spread whispering" tell us that people were speaking about
Jesus among themselves, but doing so discreetly because they feared the
Jewish leadership. They did
not want to be associated with Jesus lest they get in trouble with the
leadership as well. Nevertheless,
there was lots of talk about Jesus at this time, even though it was
through whispering. That was
only to be expected. Jesus
had been performing many miracles over the last couple of years.
He had been teaching things that were strange to the ear that
weren't culturally or religiously acceptable.