39 Now, the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the produce of the land, you shall keep the festival of the Lord, lasting seven days; a complete rest on the first day, and a complete rest on the eighth day. 40 On the first day you shall take the fruit of majestic[a] trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. 41 You shall keep it as a festival to the Lord seven days in the year; you shall keep it in the seventh month as a statute forever throughout your generations. 42 You shall live in booths for seven days; all that are citizens in Israel shall live in booths, 43 so that your generations may know that I made the people of Israel live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 23:39-43
Today’s reading speaks of The Feast of Tabernacles. The emphasis on this section is of remembrance – what the Israelites went through when God brought them out of bondage – note the reference to living in booths in v.42. These were something akin to palm tree lean tos or tents. Their beginnings were tough and their state of existence was quite desolate for a spell of time. The idea of keeping this feast is a way of giving praise and thanks to God for the bounty of our earth, as we do today with our Thanksgiving time.
Let us pray together – God of Amazing Love –The fruits of this earth . Your earth, are true blessings. They were back in the times of the Israelites , and continue to be today. Help us to always remember that all these gifts are because You are The God of Love, The God of Blessings, The God of Abundant Grace. We owe great thanks to you, O LORD, through Jesus’s great Name we pray. Amen.
Yours in Christ , Rollie