AT THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES
Matthew viii: 19 to 22; Luke ix: 57 to 62; x: 38 to 42; xvii: 11 to 19; John vii: 2 to 52.
N 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
Jesus said to him, "No man who has put his hand to the
plow, and looks back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
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
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!"
JESUS AT THE HOME OF MARY AND MARTHA
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."