Day 20: Feast of Tabernacles (Part 1)
Remembering What God Has Done For Us
Published on 29 February 2020
The Feast of the Tabernacles is the last of the seven feasts of the Jewish calendar. It was a joyous occasion, on which the Israelites would bring offerings to the Lord and celebrate God’s provision. In particular, they would celebrate God’s provision for them over the last year and for providing for them in the wilderness for 40 years after they escaped from Egypt. In fact, each family was to construct a temporary shelter (or booth) and live in it for a week to remember the journey out of Egypt.
As part of this festival, the people would rejoice for a whole week, celebrating all that God had done for them. What has God done for you over the last year? What things in our lives should we be thankful for? During this time of prayer and feasting, let us take the time to give thanks and celebrate all that God has done for us.
For today’s prayer, take some time with God and, in your own words, begin to thank Him for all the things He has done and is going to do for you this year.
You are to celebrate the Lord’s festival on the fifteenth day of the seventh month for seven days after you have gathered the produce of the land. There will be complete rest on the first day and complete rest on the eighth day. On the first day you are to take the product of majestic trees — palm fronds, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook — and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. You are to celebrate it as a festival to the Lord seven days each year. This is a permanent statute for you throughout your generations; you must celebrate it in the seventh month. You are to live in booths for seven days. All the native-born of Israel must live in booths, so that your generations may know that I made the Israelites live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am Yahweh your God.
Leviticus 23:39-43 (HCSB)
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