The Feast of Tabernacles
According to Josephus, the Feast of Tabernacles was the most popular of the Jewish feasts for several reasons.
1. The harvest of olives and grapes was brought in for the feast.
2. It lasted seven days.
This feast was required along with two other feasts: Passover and Pentecost. Every male within fifteen miles of Jerusalem was required to attend the festival. This feast looked back to Israel’s journey through the wilderness and looked forward to the promised kingdom of the Messiah. The Jews lived in booths in this festival. Each day the priests would carry the water from the pool of Siloam and pour the water from a golden vessel. It was a reminder of the water that came from the rock in the wilderness. Menorahs or candlesticks illumined the Temple area, which would illumine the entire city. They were a reminder of the pillar of fire that led Israel through the wilderness
1. Israel at the Red Sea
The Egyptian army cornered Israel, and they had no place to turn. God opened the Red Sea at Israel’s most dangerous and desperate moment. He gave direction when they needed it most. Notice what Isaiah said in Isaiah chapter 43.
Isaiah 43:19 (KJV)
(19) “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
2. Abraham’s Servant
This man was looking for a wife for Isaac. He asked God to lead him to the right woman for his master’s son. When he comes to a well, Rebekah of Abraham’s family just happens to be the woman who comes to the well. God had her in the right place at the right time. He directed this servant to the right woman. Genesis 24:13-26.
3. Namaan the Leper
When Namaan contracted leprosy, God used a captive, little maid to give him direction where he could find physical and spiritual healing. 2 Kings 5:1-4.