This Sunday, our church is gathering for a feast. We will eat together and fellowship together after a time of worship. For some, it may be a time of remembrance of those who have gone on before us (bitter-sweetness), those who have left us (sadness mixed with prayers of hope), and the goodness of God for all of us through and in Jesus Christ.
Feasts are designed for us to remember:
- We are God’s and He loves us.
- He has a Plan for us and we are living in that plan.
- He has given us each other as family for eternity–yes, even that crazy aunt or uncle!
- Our fellowship with Him and in Him can never be broken.
- He has much more in store for us, so much more that we can’t even begin to imagine.
When God established Israel, he commanded them to observe three annual feasts:
- The Feast of Unleavened Bread in the Spring in commemoration of Passover.
- The Feast of Pentecost 50 days after the offering of Firstfruits (the first Sabbath after the Feast of Unleavened Bread).
- The Feast of Tabernacles (booths) in the Fall after the New Year had begun in commemoration of Israel living in tents (booths) in the wilderness, but also a reminder that the Promised Land (heaven for us) was coming.
There were other feasts, but these three required the attendance of every male, and the entire family often went together to celebrate. Jesus was crucified during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Holy Spirit came during the Feast of Pentecost; could it be that Jesus will return during the Feast of Tabernacles? It’s definitely worth pondering. Whether He does or not, His Return is the next great Event in Christian history.
So, as we gather with our families, our church families, friends, work associates, and any other thanksgiving gathering, let’s be in remembrance of God’s love for us.
Our Father in heaven, thank You for loving us, for Your mercy and Your grace, for Your provision and Your Presence in our trials and tribulations. As the shepherd was with the sheep in the valley of the shadow of death (headed from one green pasture to another), so Jesus is with us in our valleys. With humble, grateful, and thankful hearts we praise You and worship You through Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit as our Guide. Amen.