(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 23:38 (KJV) – “Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD.”
Leviticus 23:38 (ESV) – “besides the LORD’s Sabbaths and besides your gifts and besides all your vow offerings and besides all your freewill offerings, which you give to the LORD.”
“Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD.”
The offerings that were to be given to the Lord during the Feast of Tabernacles celebration was to be in addition to the other acts of self-sacrifice that were done by the people of Israel during the course of their year.
Here, we are given a very basic list of the differing ways that the Israelites gave of themselves to the Lord. Each of these represents different areas of sacrifice that we can give to the Lord as well…
|OT Gift||Description||Type of Self-Sacrifice Involved|
|Sabbaths Of The LORD||Intermission from worldly labors/concerns dedicated to Godly worship/communion||Dedicating time and efforts exclusively for Lord and His service|
|Gifts||A present given in obedience to command||Fulfilling God’s desires for our lives|
|Vows||Fulfillment of a promise||Faithful to our promises to the Lord|
|Freewill Offerings||A gift given out of choice not constraint||Cheerfully desiring to serve the Lord|
The above list are differing ways we can hand over (“give”) our lives to the Lord…
1 Peter 2:4-5 KJV – “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”
Folks, a part of showing our love and appreciation to the Lord for all He has done for us is the giving of ourselves in the Lord’s service. In this text, we saw several ways that we can be living sacrifices for our Lord….
1. Do we dedicate EXCLUSIVELY our time, talents and gifts to the Lord and His glory?
2. Do we seek to fulfill our Lord’s desire for our lives?
3. Do we keep our promises to the Lord?
4. Do we serve our Lord with a willing happy attitude?
These are all signs that we do appreciate our Lord and we are living lives that bring honor and glory to Him exclusively.
May we all think on the Lord’s wonderful blessings to us, appreciate them, and make certain our appreciation is seen in our lives by others who are watching us.
Hebrews 13:15-16 KJV – “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”
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