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Leviticus 23:44 – “And Moses Declared”

 

(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 23:44 (KJV) – “And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.”

 

Leviticus 23:44 (ESV) – “Thus Moses declared to the people of Israel the appointed feasts of the LORD.”

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD

 

Following Moses sharing with the Jews the regulations concerning the Feast of Tabernacles, he then continued by sharing the other feasts with them as well.

Please keep in mind, at this point in time, none of the complied OT or NT scriptures were in existence. The Jews had to rely upon men who were called of God to deliver God’s message to them. Oh, how important were these prophets to the people of Israel.

Although in today’s time, we have the full, completed, perfect, Word of God, there are still great responsibilities that fall upon the shoulders of mankind. Men are still called of God to proclaim the Word of God that has already been revealed in the Scriptures. This would include those who translate the Scriptures, print the Scriptures, proclaim the Scriptures, explain the Scriptures and live the Scriptures in the sight of all who are around them.

Folks, do we take the time to be thankful for these men of God?

 

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Based upon our appreciation of the Lord, His manifold blessings to us, and His messengers that have shared His Word with us…

1. Do we recognize our responsibility to take the message of the Bible to a lost and dying world?

2. Do we recognize the need to lead our families, churches and government according to the dictates of the Word of God?

3. Do we recognize the great opportunities we have been given to display our thankfulness by simply taking the Word and sharing it with others?

This is what really appreciating the Lord and His workings are all about…. Allowing our appreciation of Him motivate us to be more faithful servants for Christ.

May we all use this holiday season to grow in grace and knowledge of His goodness to us and then mature in our faith and become more faithful to our Lord, Jesus Christ…

Psalms 40:1-3 KJV – “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”

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Leviticus 23:43 – “That Your Generations May Know”

 

(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 23:43 (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.””

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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.”

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

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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Leviticus 23:42 – “Ye Shall Dwell In Booths”

 

 

(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 23:42 (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,”

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

“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.”

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

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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Leviticus 23:41 – “A Statute Forever”

(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 23:41 (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.”

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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.

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

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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Leviticus 23:40 – “Take You Boughs and Branches”

 

 

(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 23:40 (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.”

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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.

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

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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Leviticus 23:39 – “Following The Fall Harvest”

 

(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 23:39 (KJV) – “Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day [shall be] a sabbath, and on the eighth day [shall be] a sabbath.”

 

Leviticus 23:39 (ESV) – “On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the produce of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the LORD seven days. On the first day shall be a solemn rest, and on the eighth day shall be a solemn rest.”

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

“Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month,

 

At the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths)…

 

when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days:

 

The feast of Tabernacles was to be observed immediately following the fall harvest. This too, was another blessing of which the Feast of Tabernacles reminded the Jews.

In the next verse (Lev 23:40), we are told that they were to use “the boughs of the goodly trees”, along with other types of branches, to finish the booths. These were the boughs of fruit trees that would be a reminder to them of the Lord meeting their physical needs while wandering in the wilderness and also in the harvest they had just finished.

on the first day [shall be] a sabbath, and on the eighth day [shall be] a sabbath.”

The feast of Tabernacles began with a Sabbath observance and, then, immediately after the feast concluded another Sabbath was to be observed.

Perhaps, the first Sabbath observance was to remind them of the rest from their Egyptian captivity…

Deuteronomy 5:12-15 KJV – “Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee. Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.

While the last Sabbath reminded them of their rest from the wilderness wanderings as they entered the Promised Land…

Hebrews 4:4-6 KJV – For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:…

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, the blessings of the Lord that come upon us are varied and many. In today’s lesson we saw that the Lord used this feast to remind the Jews of both the temporal and eternal blessings that they have received of Him.

The physical blessings of God of which the Jews were reminded included…

1. the past material needs supplied during their wilderness wanderings

2. the current yearly harvest of their crops in their fields

3. their physical deliverance from Egypt

4. and physical entrance in the Promised Land.

However the symbolism of the feast goes much farther as it pictures the Lord’s spiritual blessings to us and applies to all Christians…

1. the past material needs supplied during their wilderness wanderings ….

pictures the blessings of God given to us during the course of our lives in this sinful world.

2. the current yearly harvest of their crops in their fields ….

pictures the Lord’s many rewards promised to who labor for Him by sowing the seeds of His truth into the fields of this world that are white unto harvest.

3. their physical deliverance from Egypt pictures ….

removal of the Christian from the bonds of sin.

4. and physical entrance in the Promised Land pictures ….

the Christian’s deliverance from this sinful world and our entrance into eternity with our Lord.

During this Thanksgiving season, let’s be sure to give thought to all the Lord has done to us which includes our:

1. material blessings while here on earth

2. promised rewards for faithfulness in eternity

3. deliverance from sin

4. deliverance from this sinful world as being taken into the very presence of our Lord.

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Leviticus 23:38 – “Your Gifts”

 

(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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Leviticus 23:37 – “Offer An Offering”

 

(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 23:37 (KJV) – “These [are] the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim [to be] holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:”

 

Leviticus 23:37 (ESV) – “These are the appointed feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim as times of holy convocation, for presenting to the LORD food offerings, burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each on its proper day,”

 

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

“These [are] the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim [to be] holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:”

 

 

 

Each offering during the Feast of Tabernacles was to be performed on a specific day (see Num 29 for details). The four types of offerings include:

Type of Offering (Num 29) Christ Pictured As: Christ’s Example For Saints:
Burnt Offerings Total Surrender and Sacrifice Of Christ On Cross Total Surrender To Lord
Meat (Grain) A Living Sacrifice To His Father (In Life and Death) Sacrifice Of The Work Of Our Hands
Peace (Sacrifice) Christ Made Peace With God For His People Need Of Fellowship and Communion with God
Drink Christ Anointed Of God To Do His Bidding Need To Separate Ourselves To God

 

Please note not all of these above offerings are literally “made by fire”. This phrase could be speaking of the Burnt and Meat Offerings only. These were the ones that were placed upon an altar and consumed by fire.

However, it is also possible that the phrase “offering by fire” can also, by implication, refer to all four of the above offerings. In our last devotion we saw that the implications of a burnt offering was three fold, it was an offering to the Lord that:

1. The offering by fire was a picture of their service to the Lord, giving that offering over to the priest was a symbolic representation of their work being dedicated entirely to their Lord.

2. The offering by fire was a picture of their service to the Lord, causing them to suffer loss of the offering (giving up a lamb, bird, harvest first fruits etc) as it was totally consumed in the flames.

3. The offering by fire was a picture of their service to Christ, the smoke ascended into the clouds, representing their earthly service ascending into the heavens to the throne of God.

Although some of the above four offerings are not literally burned up, describing them as “offerings by fire” certainly applied based on all three of the above basic principles.

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks in this section of Scripture there is much that can be learned concerning thankfulness for the Lord’s great blessings upon us. Some of these include:

1. Our appreciation to the Lord is not simply an inward attitude and emotion, but it is also to be shown in our lives and actions. One of the best ways to appreciate our God is to live out our appreciation by being living sacrifices for His glory, this includes:

a. total surrender to the Lord

b. separation from the sinful aspects of this world to the Lord

c. placing a premium on a personal relationship of close communion with the Lord

d. giving of our time, talents and labors to the Lord.

Romans 12:1-2 KJV – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

By planning ahead and setting an appointment for quiet time with the Lord and His Word, we can allocate the time necessary to truly be thankful to the Lord this holiday season.

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Leviticus 23:36 – “It Is A Solemn Assembly”

(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 23:36 (KJV) – “Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it [is] a solemn assembly; [and] ye shall do no servile work [therein].”

 

Leviticus 23:36 (ESV) – “For seven days you shall present food offerings to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall hold a holy convocation and present a food offering to the LORD. It is a solemn assembly; you shall not do any ordinary work.

 

 

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD:

 

During the seven days of the observance offerings “made by fire” were to be made. When many different offerings were given to the Lord, some of them were required to be burnt by fire. These offerings were to be laid upon an altar and totally consumed by the flame. The act of burning the offering illustrated for the Jews three very important truths about their service to the Lord:

1. Their acts of service to the Lord were to be done in a spirit of total submission and dedication to the Lord.

The offering was a picture of their service to the Lord, giving that offering over to the priest was a symbolic representation of their work being dedicated entirely to their Lord. They were to give all to Him and hold back nothing for their own personal use.

2. Their acts of service to the Lord, many times, would result in earthly loss.

They would suffer loss of the offering (giving up a lamb, bird, harvest first fruits etc) as it was totally consumed in the flames.

This pictures our service to Christ which may hold little, or no earthly benefits for us … we may be mocked, ridiculed and shunned for our service to Him.

3. Their acts of service to the Lord, would be accepted in heaven and reap eternal rewards.

As the Jewish offerings were burned, the smoke ascended into the clouds, representing their earthly service ascending into the heavens to the throne of God. Although our acts of service many times suffer earthly loss, they will always receive for us eternal, heavenly, gain!

 

 

on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD:

 

On the day following this 7 day observance, God’s people were to hold another gathering that was dedicated to the Lord. During this holy convocation burnt offerings were to be made reminding them of the need for total surrender of their lives in appreciation for all the Lord has done for them.

 

 

it [is] a solemn assembly; [and] ye shall do no servile work [therein]

 

This eighth day was to be a “solemn assembly”, in other words, a “gathering of restraint” or “a meeting of detention”. In other words, the basic attitude during this assembly was to bring all motives, desires and thoughts into the captivity of the Lord as their hearts and minds entirely dwelled upon Him and His goodness to them.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, in this devotional, we have clearly revealed to us several truths about our acts of service to Christ…

1. Our service to the Lord involves total dedication to the Lord.

2. Our service to the Lord may cause us to suffer earthly loss.

3. Our service to the Lord will reap eternal rewards for us.

4. Our service to the Lord is encouraged when we recognize His blessings and come to a freah appreciation of them.

5. Our service to the Lord (including our times of recognition and appreciation of His blessings) involved putting to death our fleshly desires and motives.

Satan will oppose our every effort to come to a greater appreciation of our Lord and he will use our minds and desires to do just that.  Satan will bring to our thoughts all of the responsibilities that we will face during the Thanksgiving holidays…  our need to prepare meals, traveling to relatives, spend time caring for our children, getting ahead at work to prepare for our time off etc etc.  All of these type of things he will try to place ahead of our quiet time of reflection.

Folks, may we being a new period of dedication and service to our Lord this holiday season by putting our flesh into submission to the Lord’s desires. Take time out to recognize and appreciate His blessings and then using this new-found appreciation to energize us to serve Him in greater ways using our calling, gifts and human talents He has so graciously given to us!

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Thanksgiving Lessons and Devotionals From SIH Ministries…

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For other Bible Lessons on Thanksgiving please click on link:

A Christian’s Thanksgiving Day

Therefore, O God, We Thank Thee

Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say So

The Three Great Benefits Of Thanksgiving

Saying Thanks Just Isn’t Enough  *NEW FOR 2015*

For Thanksgiving devotionals please click on links:

A Month of Thankfulness” 30 Part Devotional Series

“Remembering The Works Of God: The Feast Of Tabernacles” 12 Part Devotional Series

Leviticus 23:35 – “A Holy Convocation”

(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 23:35 (KJV) – “On the first day [shall be] an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work [therein].”

 

Leviticus 23:35 (ESV) – “On the first day shall be a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work.”

 

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

“On the first day [shall be] an holy convocation:

 

The Feast of Tabernacles was a seven day feast (vs 34). On the first day of the feast observance, the Jews were to hold a “holy convocation” or a “sanctified assembly”. In other words, they were to come together and hold an assembly that is set apart for the use of their Lord.

What a wonderful way to start this period of remembrance, appreciation and service. They were to meet together with the Lord’s people rejoicing as we remember the wonderful workings of the Lord in their nation, families and individual lives.

Psalms 42:4 KJV – “When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.”

 

 

 

ye shall do no servile work [therein].”

 

On the first day of this celebration, they were to dedicate the entire day to the Lord and remembering His blessings upon them. They were to do no manual labor or personal pursuits on that day, which allows for all of their attention to be placed upon the Lord and His past acts of goodness to them.

Psalms 105:1-6 KJV – “O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.”

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks in our devotional text this morning we can learn two very important truths….

First, our Thanksgiving time of appreciation for the works of the Lord should not simple be a personal experience that changes us within. It should be an experience that affects the lives of others in at least two ways…

1. As the Lord develops an appreciative heart within us, we are to tell others of His wondrous works that He has done for us. Share with others the blessings of the Lord!

2. Also we should help others to recall His blessings as well. Share with them how you have seen the Lord bless in their life. Many times, Satan can blind us to the blessings of God in our own lives, perhaps we see a blessing in the lives of those around us that have never recognized as a blessing prior to our revealing it to them.

Secondly, taking time to remember the Lord’s many benefits is a very important task that requires, and deserves, all of our attention. Certainly, there are many times that we get bogged down with the concerns of this world and need to take care of the issues of this physical life.

However, we should always be willing to find some time to stop and reflect upon the Lord’s grace displayed in our lives.

May we all take time during this season to place our attention solely on the Lord and remember all His gracious works he has done for us throughout our lives and then share these blessings with others and help them to recognize His blessings in their lives as well!

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Leviticus 23:34 – “The Feast Of Tabernacles (Booths)”

 

(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 23:34 (KJV) – “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month [shall be] the feast of tabernacles [for] seven days unto the LORD.”

 

Leviticus 23:34 (ESV) – “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths to the LORD.”

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying,

As the Lord delivered His Word to Moses, He directed Moses to share this information with all the physical nation of Israel. This feast only applied to them, as it only referred to a series of past events that their nation had experienced.

This feast was created for them to remember a specific event from their history, recognize it as a blessing from their Lord, and appreciate Him for performing it on their behalf.

The fifteenth day of this seventh month [shall be]

This feast was to begin to be observed on the 15th day of the seventh month (the month of Tishri on the Jewish calendar…. This equates to the end of Sept – beginning of Oct on our calendar). This takes place 5 days after the Day of Atonement which follows the end of the harvest season.

 

 

the feast of tabernacles

 

This feast is called “the Feast of Tabernacles” in the Bible. This title simply means “the Feast of Booths” or “the Feast of Cottages”. This is because during this feast the Jews were to make, and live in booths made of branches…

Nehemiah 8:14 KJV – “And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month:”

 

The title of this feast, and the specifics of its observance, reminded the Israelites of one of the most miraculous event that took place in the history of their nation… the wilderness wanderings when the Jews dwelled in booths as they traveled from Egypt to the Promised Land…

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.”

The remembrance and appreciation of this event was the purpose behind the observance of “the Feast of Tabernacles”. Every time the people observed this feast, it would bring back to their mind three basic miracles that were performed on behalf of the Israelites…

1. Their deliverance and liberation from the Egyptian bondage (the miracle beginning of their wilderness wanderings)

2. Their protection and sustenance during the wilderness wanderings (the miracles during their wilderness wanderings)

3. Their entrance into the Promised Land (the miracle that brought their wilderness wanderings to an end)

 

 

 

[for] seven days unto the LORD.”

This feast was to last one full week and was to be done “unto the Lord”. In other words, it was to be dedicated to the Lord’s glory and honor, and was to be done with His supervision, authority and approval.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, how many times has the Lord worked great blessings into our lives, only to be slowly forgotten over the years?

By giving us a record of the Jewish “Feast of Tabernacles” we are given a Scriptural reminder of the need for each one of us to periodically stop and recall His wondrous workings on our behalf that we have experienced throughout our life on earth.

Folks, the ideal time for us to stop and remember His blessings is during the Thanksgiving holiday season. Although it may be a busy time for all of us, we should always take the time to stop and remember all He has done for us in our personal lives, families, churches and nation. Then we are to allow these acts to enter our hearts and stir within us an attitude of appreciation and acts that praise and honor Him for all He has done.

Following this, we are to share accounts of His blessings with those around us, reminding them of His great grace in their lives.

By doing this, we are making this time of year truly a Thanksgiving experience for us all.

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Leviticus 23:33 – “And The Lord Spake”

(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 23:33 (KJV) – “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,”

Leviticus 23:33 (ESV) – “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,”

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

In this beginning devotional, we have the source of this feast being clearly revealed to us…

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,”

The LORD (Jehovah God) was the originator of this feast. All of the instructions for this feast were given directly from God to His prophet Moses, to be handed to the physical Jewish people.

Throughout their history, several times, the Jews were told to remember and appreciate all that the Lord had done on their behalf….

1. Prior to the Jews entrance into the promised land, in Deuteronomy 8:, the Lord commands the Israelites to remember their deliverance from Egyptian captivity and the Lord’s care given to them throughout the wilderness wanderings. This was to be done to encourage and strengthen their hearts as they warred against the many nations that inhabited the promised land. This is the very time frame of which the Lord sought to remind the Jews when He handed down the observance of the Feast of Booths to them.

2. This same event is what is being referred to when Asaph said, in Psalm 77:11, “I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.”

3. And also this same event was included by David when he said in Psalm 105:5 “Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth”

Many references to similar instructions given to the Israelites can be found throughout the Old Testament scriptures.

Truly, the Feast of Booths, was given by the Lord and was meant to call to remembrance the Jewish deliverance from Egyptian captivity and the gracious watch care the Jews experienced during their wanderings in the wilderness. These blessings, and many others, are to be remembered and appreciated by the Jewish people throughout time.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

The Lord gives us, as Christians, similar instructions concerning remembering and appreciating all that He has done for us.

1. Delivering us from the bondage of sin.

Ephesians 2:10-13 KJV – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”

2. And graciously watching over us, caring for our every need.

Psalms 103:1-5 KJV – “A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

May we all take time this holiday season to stop and carefully consider the wonderful works that the Lord has performed on our behalf. And then, like David, seek to thank the Lord for all He has done by actively giving of our lives for Him …

Psalms 116:12 KJV – “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?”

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Thanksgiving 2015 : “Saying Thanks Just Isn’t Enough”

(Thanksgiving Devotional 2015) 

SIH STSTA ICONIt is commonly believed that the first Thanksgiving celebration took place in 1621.  This feast was attended by both Pilgrims and Indians who joined together to thank God for their bountiful harvest of the previous year.  This celebration was continued by the first American colonies, and later by the United States, as a time of thanksgiving for the blessings that God had bestowed upon the American people.

The official Thanksgiving Day holiday was started in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln, at the end of the Civil War, asked Americans to set aside the last Thursday of November as a day of thanksgiving to God for the blessings He had shown to America (one of which was an end to the Civil War).

In 1939 FDR moved the holiday to the prior week.  He did this to help businesses by giving them a longer holiday shopping period.  Finally, in 1941 the fourth Thursday in November was declared by Congress to be the official holiday of Thanksgiving.

Please see:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamation-thanksgiving-day

 

Clearly, the Thanksgiving holiday began, and was continued, as a time to publically give thanks to God for the blessings He has bestowed upon our country and its individual citizens.

Even our government understood that simply talking about being thankful for what the Lord has done for us was not enough.  The Thanksgiving celebration is the way that our government has decided to allow its citizens to actively thank the Lord for His many blessings.  They did this by taking legislative action and declaring Thanksgiving a national holiday that gives time for all our citizens to stop, reflect upon the Lord’s blessings in their nation, families and personal life and then celebrating these wonderful blessings.

Sadly, some Christians believe that the verbal giving of thanks to the Lord is an adequate way to show their thanks to Him; but what does the Bible say?….

 

 

THE SCRIPTURE:

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

 

 

THE STUDY:

In the Word of God, the Apostle Paul has a lot to say about the outward manifestation of a Christian’s thankfulness for all that their Lord has done for them.  One of these texts is found in Romans 11:36 – 12:1.  This will be our text for this devotional time…

 

First, Paul explains the basis of our need to proper appreciate all the Lord has done for His people… 

“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

 

“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things:

of Him – all things, people and events in life come from Him.

through Him  – all things, people and events in life are sustained by Him.

to Him – all things, people, and events in life are used by Him for His glory and our benefit.

 

He is the Creator of all, He is the Sustainer of all, He is the One that controls all…

Colossians 1:14-17 KJV – “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” 

All of our friends, loved ones and acquaintances; all of the precious events that take place in our life; and all of the blessings that we have received, including our physical life, talents, abilities and, most importantly, our spiritual life…. They all find their origin in Christ. 

Put very simply… the Lord is our All in All.  Without the Lord we could do absolutely nothing,  we would have no family or friends; no talents; no abilities; no physical life; and most importantly, no salvation.

 

“to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”

Because of this, He is to be glorified and honored throughout our lifetimes…

 

Secondly, Paul explains our need to live lives that clearly displays our thankfulness by our actions…

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

 

I beseech you therefore, brethren,

“beseech” – to urgently encourage

Paul now speaks to us with urgent words of encouragement for us to actively show our appreciation to Christ in our lives.  Not only is our words of thanks important, but also our lives should display our thankfulness as well.

 

by the mercies of God,

Living lives that display our thankfulness to Christ can only be done through the merciful intervention and enabling of Christ.

1 Peter 2:10-12 KJV – “Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;  Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

 

that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,

How can we show our thanks to Christ for all He has done for us?  By giving of ourselves for the cause of Christ.  We can do this by taking advantage of every opportunity that is opened to us to turn over our bodies (by bearing Spiritual fruits through our talents, intellect, speech, and actions) to Christ for His use.

Whenever we do this, motivated by a heart-felt appreciation of all He has done for us, we are displaying our thankfulness to Christ to the lost and saved who are around us.

 

holy,

When we live our lives as a living sacrifice for Christ, we are surrendering the lusts of our flesh to the will of Jesus Christ.

In doing so, we will find ourselves living lives that are separated FROM sin and the sins of this world and, at the same time, our lives will be lived TO fulfill Christ’s will.  This is what it means to live a holy life for Christ.

 

acceptable unto God,

Being a living sacrifice is making a sacrifice that is pleasing to our God. After all this is one of God’s great purposes in saving us from our sins…

Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV – “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

 

 

which is your reasonable service.”

When we recognize, consider, and appreciate all that our Lord has done for us… in humbling Himself as a man; coming to a sinful earth; being mocked, ridiculed, and scorned;  being falsely accused and tried;  and finally, dying on the cross for us…. it is only reasonable that we would give our entire lives to Him.

Philippians 2:5-10 KJV – “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;”

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

During this Thanksgiving holiday celebration, the desire of our heart should be to come to… a greater recognition of the Lord’s many blessings in our lives; a greater appreciation of His love and grace that He has shown to us; a greater desire to submit to His desires; and finally, put our thankfulness in action by serving Him in greater ways.

When we consider all that He has done for us, may the Lord put a new song of praise in each of our mouths and actions, as we share the wonders of His grace with others and be the source of truth to those who so desperately need Christ…

Psalms 40:1-3 KJV – “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”

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Christmas Themed Lessons and Devotionals

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Bible Lessons / Small Group Studies: 

Miscellaneous Subjects Concerning Christmas:

Christ Or Santa Claus? Man Am I Confused!

Should Christians Participate In The Christmas Celebration?

Tis The Season To Deny The Existence Of God

“Bethlehem” *New For 2014*

The Christmas Story:

The Christmas Story In Matthew Part #1

The Christmas Story In Matthew Part #2

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #1

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #2

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #3

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #4

The Christmas Story In Chronological Order

Devotionals:

Think On These Things Devotional Luke 2:10-11 Part #1

Think On These Things Devotional Luke 2:10-11 Part #2

Happy Thanksgiving From SIH Ministries!

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Have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day To All Our Followers and Visitors To SIH Ministries…

 

 Be Blessed, Safe, And Loved On This Day That Is Set Aside To Meditate On The Lord And His Goodness To Us!

You Have Been, And Continue To Be, A Source Of Great Encouragement To Us!

 

Thanksgiving Lessons and Devotionals From SIH Ministries…

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For other Bible Lessons on Thanksgiving please click on link:

A Christian’s Thanksgiving Day

Therefore, O God, We Thank Thee

Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say So

The Three Great Benefits Of Thanksgiving  *NEW FOR 2014*

 

For Thanksgiving devotionals please click on links:

A Month of Thankfulness” 30 Part Devotional Series

“Remembering The Works Of God: The Feast Of Tabernacles” 12 Part Devotional Series

Thanksgiving Lessons and Devotionals From SIH Ministries…

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For other Bible Lessons on Thanksgiving please click on link:

A Christian’s Thanksgiving Day

Therefore, O God, We Thank Thee

Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say So

The Three Great Benefits Of Thanksgiving  *NEW FOR 2014*

 

For the 30 part series of Thanksgiving devotionals please click on link:

A Month of Thankfulness” 30 Part Devotional Series

“The Three Great Benefits Of Thanksgiving”

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This Psalm, which is attributed to King David is a Psalm that was written during times of great affliction (Vs 1-12).  In this Psalm, we find David explains his situation to God (Vs 13-21) and then, asks for His intervention in the situation (Vs 22-29).

Then, in an act of faith, he begins thanking the Lord for His future intervention in the situation (Vs 30-36).  What great faith… To honor and give thanks to the Lord before He worked!

This Psalm gives us a wonderful example to follow during times of heartache in our lives.

However, we will not be looking at this entire Psalm in detail for this lesson.  Instead, the intent of this lesson is to look more closely at David’s time of faith in and thanksgiving to the Lord and the benefits accrued from it.

 

 

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

Psa 69:30-32 KJV

(30)  I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

(31)  This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

(32)  The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

 

THE STUDY:

(Verse 30)   David’s determination to honor the Lord with his thanksgiving:

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”

 

In the midst of David’s trials, before he saw the intervening hand of God, we see him determined to honor the Lord and praise Him with thankfulness.

Before we begin to look at the benefits of giving thanks to the Lord, we need to understand the basic definition and some principles of concerning the giving thanks…

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  1. David’s definition of “thanksgiving”.

In this text, the Hebrew word that is translated “thanksgiving” is the word “towdah”.  This word helps is to understand the basic idea behind thanksgiving.

This word means “to extend the hand”.  This pictures for us the idea of handing over a gift to show our appreciation.   It involves not simply a verbal thank you, but it is a thankfulness that is backed up by our actions (normally some type of giving of ourselves motivated by appreciation).   In the OT a common way that thanksgiving was shown was through the handing over of an animal for a sacrifice of worship to Jehovah.

Folks, this is a very important point.  The type of thanksgiving that David had in mind when he penned this verse, was not a simple saying “thanks”, but it was a deeply sincere type of thanksgiving that would be shown by sacrificing for the one we appreciate.

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  1. David was compelled by the Holy Spirit to “praise” the Lord…

The idea of “praise” involves directing attention to the Lord.  It is like shining a spotlight on the Lord allowing those around us to clearly see Him and learn more about Him.

David was going to do this by singing songs that would clearly tell others of His greatness and all He had done, and would do, for David.

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  1. David desire was to “magnify” the Lord through Thanksgiving (through giving of himself )…

The idea of “magnify” involves making something greater or higher in other’s sight.  By David giving of himself for the Lord, others would see how great God is.  David’s acts of thanksgiving would “magnify” the Lord in others’ sight allowing them to see His value for their lives more clearly.

Now that we have learned about the meaning and motives that should lie behind our thanksgiving, let us now begin to see the benefits of the giving of thanks to our Lord for His person and His wonderful works on our behalf…

 

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(Verse 31)   Benefit Of Thanksgiving #1… It Pleases God

This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.”

Our verbal praising of the Lord (songs) and magnifying the Lord through our actions (thanksgiving) are more pleasing to our Lord than outward religious acts of piety and worship.

Religious acts of worship that are done out of routine and necessity are the acts of those who hypocritically serve the Lord.  However, our willful words of praise and acts of sacrifice motivated by appreciation are acceptable, and desirable, to God.   As a matter of fact, the word for “please” actually implies a type of pleasure or happiness.  In other words, these sincere acts of worship make our Lord happy.

One of the great benefits of the giving of thanks is that we are pleasing God with our lives.

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(Verse 32a) Benefit Of Thanksgiving #2… It Helps Others

“The humble shall see this, and be glad:”

Not only do our giving of thanks to God please Him, but they also are beneficial to others around us.

The greatest benefit comes to those who are humble.  This teaches us two truths:

 

  1. If “the humble” are referring to those who are lost, under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, recognizing they can do nothing to secure their own salvation…

The convicted lost can greatly benefit from our words and acts of thanksgiving because our thanks will point them to Christ, His love, grace and kindness, and His willingness to intervene and grant salvation to those who cannot save themselves.  As we tell others of His gracious workings in our lives, motivated by a spirit of thankfulness, we are telling others that our Lord can and does intervene in the lives of the helpless comforting them and meeting their every need.

Folks, think about it, every time the Lord intervenes in a seemingly  “impossible” situation in our life, it is an outward display of His ability to intervene in the life of a lost individual and do for them what they cannot do for themselves… deliver them from their sins and the punishment for sin that awaits them.

 

  1. If “the humble” are referring to those who are by faith submitting to the Lordship of Christ, then we are being told that our words and acts of thankfulness encourage the heart of believers. This takes place in two ways:

First of all, the saved are encouraged knowing that others are serving the Lord and honoring Him with their lives even in the face of great trials and testings.  In effect, we are telling them they are not alone.

Secondly, the saved are encouraged knowing that, if the Lord has (or will) intervene and meet our every need in the midst of the storms of life, there is no reason for them to doubt His intervention in their life as well.  As they see His blessings upon us, they recognize His ability to bless them as well.

Another of the great benefits of the giving of thanks is that we are helping those who are around us.

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(Verse 32b) Benefit Of Thanksgiving #3… It Revives Ourselves

“and your heart shall live that seek God.”

David now tells us that words and acts of thanksgiving to the Lord are beneficial to the thankful one…it revives the heart of the thankful… it encourages and strengthens them.

How is this so?  When we verbally, and actively, thank the Lord for His blessings, it reminds us of His love for us, what He has done for us in times past, and the blessings He has promised for us in the future.   It encourages our hearts knowing that He has been with us in times past and, therefore, there is no reason to expect Him to continue to accompany us along our life path whatever may come our way.

The last of the great benefits of the giving of thanks is strengthening and encouragement for the thankful one. 

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PRACTICAL APPLICATION/SUMMARY:

During this thanksgiving season when our attention is turned towards the Lord’s goodness and blessings He has shown to us May we all actively present our thanksgiving to Him, realizing we are not only pleasing God by encouraging those around us and strengthening ourselves in His joy.

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

 

 

For other Bible Lessons on Thanksgiving please click on link:

A Christian’s Thanksgiving Day

Therefore, O God, We Thank Thee

Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say So

 

For the 30 part series of Thanksgiving devotionals please click on link:

A Month of Thankfulness” 30 Part Devotional Series

 

 

 

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