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The “GREATER THAN” sayings: Jesus is greater than Feast of Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles is a celebration to thank God for the blessings He bestowed upon the people during the Wilderness wanderings. God protected them on this forty year journey, and provided for them everything they needed.

His presence was in the form of a column of cloud by day, which transformed into a column of fire at night. This physical sign was to constantly remind the people that God was with them. He leaded them by sending these signs to the places they had to go, and when they stopped, the nation would set up camp.

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In the Feast of Tabernacles, God’s presence with the nation is represented by the two elements of water and light. People will sprinkle water, and light candles during the festivities. Water signifies, for me, cleansing and healing. On days when I am extremely tired and feel overburdened, I try to find a swimming pool. There I will lay on my back, floating on the water, looking up into the sky. And talk to God as if His face is right there, where my eyes settle. Water is also the means of baptism, a ceremony where we declare our birth into a new family, with God as the Father and Jesus as our brother.

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Light dispels darkness. It shows us what the reality is, and forces us to see our need for cleansing, and for God.

John repeatedly connects Jesus to the elements of water (John 7.37-38) and light (John 8.12), showing us that Jesus is better than the Feast of Tabernacles. In fact. Jesus went to the wilderness on our behalf, for forty days and forty nights. Like the nation Israel, He was tempted there, and He succeeded to resist the devil. In this, He gave us something new to celebrate: victory over sin!

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Jesus is better then the Feast of Tabernacles, because He lights the way for us, and through His blood, we are cleansed.

Amen and amen.

 

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The “GREATER THAN” sayings: Jesus vs Manna

God send manna to the nation of Israel while they were in the wilderness to feed them. He also send his Son, Jesus. Jesus told us that He is the Bread of Life.

So, what makes the Bread of Life- Jesus- so much better than manna?

Manna was the old way, like the Law of Moses was the old way. Jesus came to show us a new way to God. Jesus was a new beginning, an awakening, a Morning Star at the end of a dark night.

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Manna satisfied a physical hunger, but not the spiritual hunger. John is clear about the fact that we should eat the right kind of bread if we want to live forever. The right kind of bread is Jesus.

 

 

 

Manna was a temporary fix. It did not last. In fact, when night fell, the manna turned sour and by morning it was rotten. And no matter how much you ate of the manna, your hunger would return. Jesus’ nourishment is long term. He satisfies not just for today, but also tomorrow and the day after and the day after… to infinity!

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Lastly, manna did not save the nation of Israel from death. Not only did those who complained about the hunger die physically (only those born afterwards got to enter the Promised Land), they also died spiritually.

The ‘GREATER THAN’ sayings: Jesus is greater than manna!

Jesus is better than Manna (John 6)

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Have you ever been hungry? Intense hunger will reap havoc on not only your body, but also your mind. It takes full control of your senses. Your instincts will kick into high gear and your nose will pick up every smell around you. You will notice the smell of a bakery or fast food outlet from afar. Your mouth will produce more saliva when it smells food, in an attempt to get you to eat.

If you have been hungry for a prolonged period, you might experience feeling jittery. Your hands might start to shake, or your knees might feel weak. You won’t be able to perform at your peak level. Your mind will wonder to food, and dwell on ways of how to get food.

This was what the nation of Israel had to deal with while they were in the desert walking to the Promised Land.

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THE “GREATER THAN” SAYINGS.

Why would John include this in his gospel?

Joh 20:30, 31  And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (KJV)

When John started to write his gospel, he had a specific audience and purpose in mind. These two influenced how he wrote his gospel, and what he decided to include. No writer is able to give a clear moment-by-moment eyewitness account of life. This would be impossible to achieve for two reasons. First, it would take up too much space. Secondly, it would be beyond boring. Really, it would.

Therefore, not one of the writers of the gospels ever tell us that Jesus bathed, brushed his teeth, combed his hair or ate dinner. That does not mean he did not do these things, it only means that usually they were not important to the purpose of writing or to the intended audience. On several occasions we do read that Jesus ate, (more…)