These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, (meetings) which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. (Leviticus 23:4)
The holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas awaits. Thanksgiving has its roots in the Mayflower and Christmas in the manger. However, if you were to walk around the streets of our social behavior, a much different story is being told. Thanksgiving is associated with the turkey, family gatherings, and a day off. Christmas on the other hand, speaks of presents, decorations, traveling and oh yes, friends and family.Santa has been taught to infants and adults alike. This enabling him to become a household name. So, what has happened?
The seasons talked about in the above Scripture, referred to seven holidays or feasts: Passover, Unleavened bread, First Fruits, Harvest, Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles. All these feasts or holidays were lacking one very important entity; Jesus!
Beloved, should our holiday season omit the same? Should Jesus be obscured or only an image of our thoughts? What a most marvelous season to show off the greatest gift of all; eternal life in Jesus Christ! After all isn't HE the reason for the season?
Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. (Psalm 50:14 & 15)
So sweet with innocence are these uplifting precious words of beauty and hope. Can you imagine that? God the father, in all his power and might, taking time for you or I. This is not just a one time offer, but low I am with you always.
As the celebrations of the holiday called Thanksgiving approaches, I cannot help but think of its origin. Our forefathers, known as pilgrims, instituted a day of thanksgiving to God in humble appreciation for His providence and provisions. Somehow, over the years, eyes have dimmed, purposes have changed and this holiday to so many only means another day off; Black Fridays and so on. It's no wonder our nation or for that matter the world, is plagued with so many problems. If man would only pay their vows to God and truly thank him for his bountiful mercies that endure forever; a glorious Thanksgiving feast would be had by all. Praise the Lord! Have a most blessed holiday
Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. (Psalm 150:6)
Once again our week's journey is complete. As we finish up one week and look forward to starting another, a mixture of events will take place here in the house of God this morning. First of all, what ever your week has endured, will now receive the presence of God in a unique and special way. Your soul will find an oasis so longed for and living waters will quench all circumstances. Joy will begin to emulate through your spirit, making manifest for all to see. There will be very little resistance as we sing, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!" God will be pleased. Jesus will be magnified and the Holy Ghost will energize.
The above Scripture from Psalm 150 is displayed in our sanctuary. How fitting it is to pass under it as we come in and once again as we leave rejoicing and praising his name. Can we ever thank God enough for what he has done here at Lamb of God, through His begotten son, our Lord and Savior Jesus? The sky is the limit.
Dr. Thomas Snyder