At the Feast of Tabernacles
Son of Man
Matthew viii: 19 to 22;
Luke ix: 57 to 62; x: 38 to
42; xvii: 11 to 19;
John vii: 2 to 52.
In the fall of every year
there was held at Jerusalem "The Feast of
Tabernacles." It was kept to remind the people of
the time when the Israelites came out of Egypt and
lived for forty years in the wilderness, more than a
thousand years before the days when Jesus was on the
earth. At this feast the people from all parts of
the land came up to Jerusalem, and worshipped in the
Temple. And as the Israelites had lived in tents in
the wilderness, the people during the feast did not
sleep in-doors, but made arbors and huts from green
boughs on the roofs of the houses, and on the hills
around the city, and slept in them at night.
Jesus and his disciples went from Galilee to
Jerusalem to attend this feast. Just as Jesus was
leaving, a man who had heard Jesus said to him,
"Master, I will follow thee wherever thou goest."
And Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and
the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man
has not a place where he can lay his head."
There was another man to whom Jesus had said,
"Follow me." This man said, "Lord, let me go and
bury my father, who is very old and must die very
soon, and then I will follow thee."
Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own
dead; but do you go and preach the kingdom of God."
And another said, "Lord, I will follow thee; but let
me first go home and say 'good-bye' to those who are
in my house."
Jesus said to him, "No man who has put his hand to
the plow, and looks back, is fit for the kingdom of
On his way to Jerusalem Jesus went through the
country of Samaria, where the people hated the Jews.
In one place the Samaritans would not let Jesus and
his disciples come into their village, because they
saw that they were Jews going up to Jerusalem. The
disciples were very angry at such treatment of their
Master; and James and John said to him, "Lord, shall
we call down fire from heaven, to destroy this
village, as Elijah the prophet did once?"
But Jesus would not allow them to do this to their
enemies. He said to them, "Your spirit is not the
spirit of my kingdom. The Son of man has not come to
destroy men's lives, but to save them."
And they went to another village to find a resting
place. At one town they met outside the gate ten men
with the dreadful disease of leprosy, of which we
read in the story of Naaman (Story 86). These men
had heard of Jesus and his power to heal; and when
they saw him they cried out aloud, "Jesus, Master,
have mercy on us!"
Jesus said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the
If ever a leper became well, he went to the priest,
and offered a sacrifice, and then was allowed to go
to his home. These men obeyed the word of Jesus,
believing that he would cure them; and as soon as
they started to go to the priests they found that
they were already well. All but one of the men went
on their way, but one turned, and came back to
Jesus, and fell at his feet, giving praise to God;
and this man was not a Jew, but a Samaritan. Jesus
said as he saw him, "Were there not ten cleansed?
But where are the nine? Were there none who came
back to give glory to God, except this stranger?"
Then he said to the man, "Rise up, and go your way;
your faith has saved you."
Jesus came to Jerusalem not on the first day of the
feast, but in the middle, for the feast was held for
a week. He stood in the Temple, and taught the
people, and all wondered at his words. On the last
and greatest day of the feast, when they were
bringing water and pouring it out in the Temple,
Jesus cried aloud, "If any man thirst, let him come
to me and drink! He that believes on me, out of him
shall flow rivers of living water."
While Jesus was teaching in Jerusalem he often went
out of the city to the village of Bethany, on the
Mount of Olives. There he stayed with the family of
Martha, her sister Mary, and their brother Lazarus.
These were friends of Jesus, and he loved to be with
them. One day, while Jesus was at the house, Mary
sat at the feet of Jesus, listening to his words;
but Martha was busy with work, and full of cares.
Martha came to Jesus, and said, "Master, do you not
care that my sister has left me to do all the work?
Tell her to come to help me!"
But Jesus said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are
anxious and troubled about many things. Only one
thing is needful; for Mary has chosen the good part
which shall not be taken away from her."
Son of Man