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Sermon #5449

The Feast of Tabernacles

A Sermon on the Feast of Tabernacles from John 7:14


John 7:14 ESV KJV
About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. (ESV)

Sermon Description

The Bible is a wonderful, coherent narrative spanning centuries of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity. Biblical typology helps interpreters of the Bible understand how the Old Testament, with its laws concerning feasts, celebrations, sacrifices, and institutions, is fulfilled in Christ Jesus. In this sermon on the feast of tabernacles from John 7:14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds the Bible’s teaching on the Feast of Tabernacles. He connects for his listeners its significance for ancient Israel and the lessons it taught the people of God as they dwelled in tents, celebrating their deliverance from the bondage of Egyptian slavery. Yet the law of Moses is not an end unto itself. Following the teaching of the New Testament, Dr. Lloyd-Jones connects the Feast of Tabernacles to the great anti-type, the Son of God who “tabernacled” among His people. Listen as he models how to relate the Old Testament to the New Testament and, more importantly, about the love of God, the message of hope, and the final deliverance one has in the substance of all the typologies found in the Bible – Jesus Christ.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon is focused on John 7:14 which states "Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught."
  2. Jesus went up to Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles and began teaching in the temple.
  3. The Feast of Tabernacles commemorated the Israelites dwelling in tents after their exodus from Egypt. It was a reminder of God's provision and deliverance.
  4. The business of preaching is to bring people face to face with Jesus Christ. The gospels present Jesus to us.
  5. Our only hope is in Jesus - for this life and eternity. Our reaction to Jesus is of supreme importance.
  6. John 7 shows the reaction of different people to Jesus. The chapter begins with Jesus' brothers not believing in Him.
  7. The Jews were surprised Jesus was teaching since He had no formal training. Jesus said His teaching came from God.
  8. Jesus was teaching about the meaning and significance of the Feast of Tabernacles. The feast reminded them of key truths.
  9. The first lesson of the Feast of Tabernacles is that life in this world is temporary. We live in frail tents, not permanent homes.
  10. The second lesson is our relationship to God. The feast reminded them God delivered them from Egypt. We need to know God.
  11. The third lesson is what God has done for us. The feast commemorated God delivering Israel from Egypt. Jesus delivers us from sin.
  12. Jesus applied the symbolism of the feast to Himself. He tabernacled among us to deliver us from sin like God delivered Israel.
  13. We were in bondage to sin and couldn't free ourselves. Jesus came to die for our sins and reconcile us to God.
  14. Have you understood the meaning of the Feast of Tabernacles? Do you know life is temporary, you need God, and Jesus delivers from sin?

The Book of John

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.