Feast of Tabernacles and the Birth of Jesus

It is now the seventh of eight days of the Feast of Tabernacles.  And since tomorrow is a special Sabbath, there will be no post tomorrow.  This is the perfect opportunity to discuss the birth of the Jesus.  Traditionally, Jesus’ birth is celebrated on December 25 even though the Bible is silent on the exact date of his birth (and the fact that his birth would be according to the Hebrew calendar and not the Greek calendar).  In fact, God has hidden the date of Jesus’ birth from us so that we would not celebrate it.  But he has made it clear that it could not have been winter, for there were sheep out at night on the night that Jesus was born.  If it were winter, it would be too cold for the sheep to be outside, especially at night.  Also, Jesus would not be born on the same day that the pagans celebrate the rebirth of the Sun.

Although we can’t really know when Jesus was born, the Feast of Tabernacles is the most likely time of year for his birth to happen.  A tabernacle is a temporary dwelling (like a tent or other temporary structure that is set-up) and the Feast of Tabernacles is a week of living in temporary dwellings.  Jesus’ lifetime on Earth is literally God temporarily dwelling among his creation, so it would be symbolic for Jesus to be born around this time.  And according to Messianic tradition, Jesus was born during this feast, though there’s no evidence for that either other than the symbolism of God making a temporary dwelling among his own creation.

The purpose of this feast is to remind the Israelites that God made them live in shelters for 40 years after they were brought out of Egypt.  This feast is for all of the “native born” (not just those who are direct descendants of Jacob) to observe.  Some traditions also give it the meaning of God dwelling among his creation during that 40-year period of time, but there is no Biblical evidence for this, although he did (sort-of) dwell among Israel during this time.

I really can’t give a longer post in detail about this topic since it deals mostly with human tradition.  So in conclusion, we know that the birth of Jesus could not have been during winter, and although it could have been during the Feast of Tabernacles because of the symbolism, we can’t know for sure.  The important thing is that God made a temporary dwelling with us to save us from our sins.