(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 23:41 (KJV) – “And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. [It shall be] a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.”
Leviticus 23:41 (ESV) – “You shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It is a statute forever throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month.”
And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year.
This feast of Tabernacles would be a seven-day celebration.
[It shall be] a statute for ever in your generations:
God had appointed that the Jews will continue to observe this feast “forever in your generations”.
In other words, each new generation of physical Jews was to observe this feast. The celebration of this feast was only to come to an end when there were no more new Jewish generations produced. This will only take place following the Lord’s second coming and the beginning of eternity when all human reproduction will cease.
ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
This feast was set to be observed the seventh month of every year.
Folks, our appreciation of all the Lord has done for us should extend far beyond the Thanksgiving holiday season. May we always take time out to remember His past, and present, blessings and then share His wonderful works with others.
Psalms 77:11-12 KJV – “I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.”
Psalms 103:17-18 KJV – “But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.”
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