The Feast of Tabernacles provides the vivid backdrop for John's picture of Jesus in John 7. We notice that among the strong traditions of this most joyful festival of the Jewish calendar is the Water Ceremony. As the priest would draw water from the pool of Siloam, the people would sing and dance words from the Old Testament reminding themselves that God had provided water from the rock to save His people as they wandered in the desert. In the midst of this celebration, Jesus stands up and declares, "All who are thirsty, come to me and drink!" In these words the Jews would immediately recognize that Jesus is claiming to be God - after all, only God can supply water for the earth. Once again we see the people are divided - some believe; some turn away. The story at the beginning of John 8 provides a living example of a thirsty (broken) woman who drinks and finds life through Jesus words - 'nor do I condemn you'.
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