Jewish people have a long history of celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles. This particular feast is a remembering of God leading His people out of Egyptian bondage into the Promised Land.
Many Jews actually build little temporary shelters (booths) hearkening back to the structures that the people utilized during the wilderness times between Egypt and the Promised Land.
A major part of the feast historically was four huge candelabras 75 feet tall. When lit at night, the glow would illuminate the Temple as well as a large part of the city. These lights reminded everyone how God had supernaturally provided fire by night to guide the exodus wanderers.
It was at the close of this feast in John 8:12 where Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (NLT).
Wow! For those Jews in attendance who understood the Old Testament story what a powerful proclamation that must have been. It is still a powerful truth today. As we know and follow Jesus we walk in the light of His Truth and Presence. Truly, it is the pathway of life.
Blessings & Merry Christmas