After telling His brothers He wouldn't go to Jerusalem, Yeshua went anyway—incognito. It was the time of Sukkot—the Feast of Tabernacles, or Booths—a joyful celebration of God's provision, both in the wilderness long ago and in every harvest now. This festival was one of the big three in Jewish law. Jews from everywhere would be there.
Even though Yeshua moved around Jerusalem covertly, He was still a prominent subject of chatter. Few rabbis had ever been this polarizing, and this one was so controversial that the crowds had to whisper their opinions of Him. To say He was the Messiah would have drawn out the worst in the authorities. He stirred up trouble simply as a topic of conversation.
For the first half of the seven-day feast, Yeshua simply observed...
This month, please pray for the following:
- Praise: Our Instructor Training event in June was a tremendous success. Pray for these men and women as they take God's story to His people.
- Praise: Our annual Middle East North Africa Conference (MENA) went remarkably well. Follow the reports of our team at Phil's blog.
- Pastor Don Espina, a leader and board member of Walk Thru the Bible Philippines, went to be with the Lord last month. Please pray for his family, friends, and his ministry.
- Pray for the continued translation work of God's Grand Story in new languages around the globe.
Please don't forget that we offer free resources on our website that will help ignite your passion for God's Word.
This month, we are featuring Walk Thru the Bible's newest resource, a family devotional titled The Best Story Ever. Please enjoy this reading from the devotion and feel free to comment on the discussion points in the comments section.
GOD'S GRAND STORY
When the time was right, God spoke to a man named Abram. "Abram," God said, "I want you to leave your home and travel to the place that I will show you. I am going to build your family into a great nation, and every family that ever lives will be blessed through you."
Even though Abram didn't know this God who had spoken to him, he obeyed. He left with his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, all of their tents, servants, and animals, and followed God. Abram's trust in God meant a lot to God.
God had promised Abram that he would have many descendants. But Abram and his wife were old enough to be grandparents and they didn't have any children. Abram asked God how he was going to have a child in his old age. God promised once again that he would have his very own son who would live on the land God had picked out for his family...