(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 23:40 (KJV) – “And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.”
Leviticus 23:40 (ESV) – “And you shall take on the first day the fruit of splendid trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.”
And ye shall take you on the first day
During this feast the Jews were to build booths (cottage or hut). These booths were to remind them of the temporary dwellings that the Jews used during the wilderness wanderings.
These booths were to be made of the following types of branches…
the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook;
|Type of branch||Role of branch||Lord’s care during wanderings|
|Boughs of goodly trees (with fruit still on them?)||Fruit trees supply food and juice||Lord meeting their nutritional needs|
|Branches of palm /Boughs of thick trees||Trees to supply shade||Lord giving peace, rest, and protection|
|Willows of brook||Ties branches together||Lord’s unity and strength given to Jews|
The Jews would see these branches each and every day of the feast, as they would dwell in the booths. These would be a constant reminder of the many blessings the Lord gave to the them during their wanderings… from the meeting of their physical needs (food, water, protection from weather and victory over enemies), to the meeting of their emotional / spiritual needs (peace, spiritual rest, protection, unity and strength to continue on).
and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.
With these daily reminders, the Jews would be rejoicing with their thoughts placed upon the past and current blessings of the Lord in their lives.
Do we consistently keep our thoughts upon the Lord and His wonderful blessings He has bestowed upon us? It should be a part of our daily processes to, on purpose, dwell on the wonderful physical and spiritual blessings He gives to us every day.
Ephesians 5:20-21 KJV – “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”
Colossians 3:17 KJV – “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
Psalms 34:1 KJV – “…I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
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