John 7:1-2 Bible Study
What is the "Feast of Tabernacles" (John 7:2)?
Also known as the "Feast of Booths" because people lived in booths, tents and other makeshift shelters for seven days, the Feast of Tabernacles was the feast that God commanded Jews to keep in order to commemorate God having led and provided for them for forty years in the wilderness after freeing them from slavery in Egypt: "Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD... You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.’” (Leviticus 23:33-34, 42-43) The Feast of Tabernacles was also called the "Feast of Ingathering" (Exodus 23:16) because it took place at the end of the harvest. So just as the land was full of food, the people were to remember that it is God who gave them food for forty years in the desert, and it is God who still gives them their food. Since the Feast of Tabernacles is about 6 months after the Feast of Passover, about six months had elapsed since John chapter 6.
Why did Jesus avoid Judea, the southern 1/3 of Israel?
The Jewish authorities, or "Jews," were concentrated in Jerusalem of Judea and "sought to kill Him." (John 7:)
Was Jesus afraid of them?
No, and He would eventually leverage them to bring about His crucifixion, but now was not the time.