The Feast of Booths—When You Want Heaven Now

In light of the world’s ugliness, it’s tempting to hole up on some mountain and just wait for God to come get us. It was no different in Jesus’ day.

Jesus brought three of His disciples up on the slopes of a “high mountain,” probably Mount Hermon. Six days after the prediction of His death in Jerusalem, Jesus gave affirmation of His glory, divine nature, and coming Kingdom. Jesus was “transfigured” on the mountain—revealing His true glory.

Mount Hermon was likely the location of the Transfiguration.

(Photo: Mount Hermon was likely the location of the Transfiguration. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

In light of such an awesome revelation, Peter had an odd request.

Suddenly, Moses and Elijah also appeared in glorious cameo appearances. They spoke of Jesus’ “departure” at Jerusalem, the very event Jesus had just revealed to His disciples in Caesarea Philippi (Luke 9:31). Peter blurted:

Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah. —Matt. 17:4

What was Peter suggesting with these tabernacles?

He was asking Jesus for the same thing you and I ask Him for.

Your Thanksgiving Peace Offering

For most of us, reading about the sacrifices of ancient Israel is a real yawner.

But hidden behind the veil of ritual and strangeness are principles of timeless value. As we approach Thanksgiving, one sacrifice rises from the ashes of antiquity as instructive.

Your Thanksgiving Peace Offering

(Photo: The Peace Offering occurred in the Tabernacle Courtyard. Courtesy of Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

“Rituals are apparently irrational acts which become rational when their significance is explained.”- Northrop Frye

In the days of ancient Israel, a special offering, different from the ones required for sin, allowed a person to give God thanks for something He had done.

The Thanksgiving Peace Offering has a timeless lesson.

My Interview on He’s Alive Christian Satellite Network

Listen in as Melissa Flores of He’s Alive Radio talks with me about traveling in the Holy Land, understanding the Feast of Tabernacles, and how the Hebrew word for “tent” makes us laugh.

We also discuss my book, Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus.

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