Posted by Don Merritt on September 30, 2016
This chapter begins with discussions about whether or not Jesus would travel to Jerusalem to attend the Feast of Tabernacles. This feast, also known as “Festival of Booths” was a week-long celebration of God’s provision of the nation during the 40 years in the Wilderness as well as for the late summer harvest (see Lev. 23:34-43; Deut. 16:13-15). It was one of the three pilgrimage festivals to which Jewish men were expected to travel (Deut. 16:16). While at the festival, the attendees would live in temporary huts in remembrance of the way their ancestors lived during their trek through the Wilderness.
Jesus’ brothers (James, Joseph, Judas and Simon according to Mark 6:3) are encouraging Jesus to attend the Feast, and they have good worldly logic: You can’t be a public figure if you don’t show yourself to the people, and everybody will be there. They do not seem to believe in their brother at this point, and this seems a little bit like a nice brotherly taunt. We know that after Jesus’ resurrection they came to belief and were important leaders in the Jerusalem church. (Gal. 2:9)[More]
- The Life Project. 2016. Jesus Speaks at Tabernacles | The Life Project. [ONLINE] Available at:https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/jesus-speaks-at-tabernacles-2/. [Accessed 03 October 2016].