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(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)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

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.”

 

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

“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.”

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

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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13 Comments

  1. bwcarey says:

    when Jesus came upon the earth, he came do simplify the old sacrifices, and do away with the complexities, as the story of the Good Samaritan indicates, it’s not your race, it’s not your religion, it’s how you love that matters to God, fine post, thanks for sharing

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi BW,

      In the Bible, Christ’s work is said to both “fulfill” and be “the end” of the OT sacrifices. What a blessing to know that through Christ and His work alone we can receive salvation and acceptance by God!

      Romans 10:4: For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

      Matthew 5:17-18: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

      Lord bless.

  2. Reblogged this on God's group and commented:
    Great questions we should all as Christians strive to answer yes to !!
    Blessings in Christ, bruce

  3. The True Light! says:

    Our service unto the Lord needs to be a priority one with us. That means some sacrifice on out part. We put His desires above ours, and take time from some of our other “important” tasks to give time to Him in worship and works. It is what the sincere Christians do…

    Good post my friend!

    Steve

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi Steve,

      Absolutely… in my mind that is the outstanding characteristic of agape love… self-sacrifice for another.

      2) And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. (Ephesians 5:2)

      Lord bless you!

      • The True Light! says:

        An excellent verse to go with this thought! Model to the best of our abilities the love which is shown to us by the Lord! It isn’t always easy to do with some people…

        Thank you for a well done post and reply, Rob!

  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Good study. Especially the chart format explaining those givings. May we give unto the Lord with a joyful heart.

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