(2015 SIH Thanksgiving 12-Part Devotional Series)
INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
Leviticus 23:33-44 gives us a condensed version of God’s instructions about the Jewish “Feast of Booths” (also referred to as “The Feast Of Tabernacles”). This wonderful Jewish feast will be the subject for this Thanksgiving devotional series.
You might be wondering why this feast is a good subject for a Thanksgiving series. It is because the two main goals of this feast are the exact same goals that every Christian should strive to attain during their Thanksgiving Day celebration…
1. To cause a remembrance of the Lord’s gracious workings.
2. To develop an attitude of appreciation in these workings.
By our Lord’s grace, during the course of this study our hearts will be pointed towards accomplishing both of these goals during this Thanksgiving holiday series.
(Please note: If you are interested in a fuller study of this feast, refer to Numbers 29:12-38 for more details. For this devotional series, due to its length, we will only be looking at the shorter text on this subject found in Leviticus 23:33-44)
Leviticus 23:33 (KJV) – “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,”
Leviticus 23:33 (ESV) – “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,”
In this beginning devotional, we have the source of this feast being clearly revealed to us…
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,”
The LORD (Jehovah God) was the originator of this feast. All of the instructions for this feast were given directly from God to His prophet Moses, to be handed to the physical Jewish people.
Throughout their history, several times, the Jews were told to remember and appreciate all that the Lord had done on their behalf….
1. Prior to the Jews entrance into the promised land, in Deuteronomy 8:, the Lord commands the Israelites to remember their deliverance from Egyptian captivity and the Lord’s care given to them throughout the wilderness wanderings. This was to be done to encourage and strengthen their hearts as they warred against the many nations that inhabited the promised land. This is the very time frame of which the Lord sought to remind the Jews when He handed down the observance of the Feast of Booths to them.
2. This same event is what is being referred to when Asaph said, in Psalm 77:11, “I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.”
3. And also this same event was included by David when he said in Psalm 105:5 “Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth”
Many references to similar instructions given to the Israelites can be found throughout the Old Testament scriptures.
Truly, the Feast of Booths, was given by the Lord and was meant to call to remembrance the Jewish deliverance from Egyptian captivity and the gracious watch care the Jews experienced during their wanderings in the wilderness. These blessings, and many others, are to be remembered and appreciated by the Jewish people throughout time.
The Lord gives us, as Christians, similar instructions concerning remembering and appreciating all that He has done for us.
1. Delivering us from the bondage of sin.
Ephesians 2:10-13 KJV – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”
2. And graciously watching over us, caring for our every need.
Psalms 103:1-5 KJV – “A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
May we all take time this holiday season to stop and carefully consider the wonderful works that the Lord has performed on our behalf. And then, like David, seek to thank the Lord for all He has done by actively giving of our lives for Him …
Psalms 116:12 KJV – “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?”
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