Reading through the Bible together

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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As Moses personally reviews the rules of life and religion he comes to some of the major festival celebrations.

The Passover festival was a special time to remember the Exodus experience in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. If they could remember where they came from (slavery), they would have a better chance to appreciate God and accept His provisions for their future.

The Feast of Weeks was a time to express thanksgiving to God for the beginning of the wheat harvest in the spring. In the New Testament this festival is Pentecost (Acts 2:1; 20:16)

The Feast of Tabernacles (or Feast of Booths), which came at the end of the harvest season in the autumn, was the greatest celebration of thanksgiving to God.

Nestled in these reviews we read.., “remember” to come with freewill offerings in “your hand” which reflect how God has blessed you. And again, “they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God…” Commanded generosity may seem unusual nowadays, but there is an underlying principle. It is only by generous giving to God and to those people in need that we crowd out our tendency to be self-centered.

“Dear God, help me give generously to you and to those in need.”

John Ash
Chinese Union Mission
Hong Kong