(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 23:43 (KJV) – “That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I [am] the LORD your God.”
Leviticus 23:43 (ESV) – “that your generations may know that I made the people of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.””
That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt:
Why were the Jews commanded to live in booths (vs 42) during this festival? Or, from a wider view, why were the Jews commended to keep the Feast of Tabernacles?
It was so that, from generation to generation, the Jews would remember their heritage which included:
1. their ancestors being released from Egyptian captivity,
2. dwelling in booths as they journeyed through the wilderness,
3. leading them to entrance into the Promised Land they had been given by their God.
Keep in mind, all these historical events not only taught the Jews (and us as well) WHAT the Lord had done for them, but it also taught them (and us) truths about WHO the Lord is.
This is the context of the Lord’s very next statement, when He emphasizes, to Jew and Gentile alike, what these great events teach us about His person…
I [am] the LORD your God.
The account of the Jews release from the Egyptian captivity, the events of their wilderness wanderings, and their receipt of the Promised Land, all point to these attributes of the God of the Jews…
1. The Hebrew title “LORD” is the word “Jehovah” which means “the Eternally Existing One”
2. The Hebrew title “God” is the word “Elohim” which carries with it the ideas of “supremacy”, “strength”, and “authority to judge and rule”.
In other words, our Lord describes Himself as “the eternally existing, supreme, One that possesses strength and the authority to judge and rule.”
Folks, as we take time to remember WHAT the Lord has done for us this holiday season, do we also reflect on His greatness and glory?
Every blessing the Lord gives to us not only displays His love, grace and mercy on our behalf, but it also displays His greatness… His strength, His authority, and His supremacy over all things.
Do we share His greatness and glory with those in the preceding and following generations to us? Do we hand down the Lord’s workings in our personal life as a means of perpetuating our faith to our younger generations?
By God’s grace, may we remember His greatness and share those truths with other generations!
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