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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Flying with Thursday's Word Feast by Brenda Smith, part 1

Thursday's Word

DEFINED:  A periodical celebration with guests.  An abundant meal.
SCRIPTURE: “And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.” Isa 25:6
God has a heart for celebration. When was the last time you feasted on some of your favorite foods, reclined at the table, and was glad to have family and friends gathered around? If that wonderful time was this time last year…you are not celebrating enough. We know this is the Season where we will gather for the Thanksgiving meal with friends and family, or co-workers. One day set aside to be thankful is good, but hardly enough. Every day is a day of Thanksgiving!
It was no secret to the Jews that God valued celebration. He literally commanded it in the book of Leviticus (Lev 23:39-43). Sukkot, also called the (Feast of Tabernacles) is a weeklong party during which each family says in a booth, or sukkah, out in the fields. The booths are made of leafy willows, myrtle twigs, and palm branches, and rabbis say to leave holes in the roof to experience God in the twinkling night sky. The holiday occurs right after the harvest, when Israel is, almost literally, flowing with milk and honey (and olives, figs, almonds, and dates). Can you just image this celebration?!!  God gave an abundance from the fields and they were celebrating the Lord of the Harvest. They were also celebrating the exodus from slavery and this was met with an overflow of provision.

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