(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 23:42 (KJV) – “Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:”
Leviticus 23:42 (ESV) – “You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All native Israelites shall dwell in booths,”
“Ye shall dwell in booths seven days;
During all seven days of this feast, the Jews were to sit down and abide under the booths they had made from the boughs, branches and willows (vs 40). They were to do this to remind them of their ancestors dwelling in booths during the wilderness wanderings (vs 43).
all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:”
Only the Jews were to dwell in booths. This was because it was their ancestors that dwelled in booths during their wanderings. It was their heritage, the Lord was reminding them of blessings upon their nation.
Folks, when we are blessed of the Lord it is our personal responsibility to recognize, appreciate and praise Him for these blessings. It was the Jews responsibility to observe this Feast of Tabernacles because their nation was the recipient of the blessings that led to possession of the Promised Land.
Psalms 107:1-3 KJV – “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.”
Although the observance of the Feast of Tabernacles was reserved for the physical Jewish nation, as Gentiles we can use this celebration to help us appreciate very important blessings that the Lord has given to all of His saints (both Jew and Gentile).
The Jews dwelling in booths reminds us that, as God’s people, we are strangers, pilgrims and wanderers in this earth. We have been delivered from this sinful world and given entrance into the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are now as pilgrims, traveling in this world awaiting our final deliverance and entrance into the heavenly country God has prepared for us…
Hebrews 11:13-16 KJV – “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”
May we all, as recipients of God’s gracious blessing of salvation, appreciate and honor Him through dedicated service to Him!
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