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September 8, 2017

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Reading along with us in Deuteronomy? Here’s today’s reading:

Deuteronomy 16 (ESV)

“Observe the month of Abib and keep the Passover to the Lord your God, for in the month of Abib the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night. And you shall offer the Passover sacrifice to the Lord your God, from the flock or the herd, at the place that the Lord will choose, to make his name dwell there. You shall eat no leavened bread with it. Seven days you shall eat it with unleavened bread, the bread of affliction—for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste—that all the days of your life you may remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt. No leaven shall be seen with you in all your territory for seven days, nor shall any of the flesh that you sacrifice on the evening of the first day remain all night until morning. You may not offer the Passover sacrifice within any of your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, but at the place that the Lord your God will choose, to make his name dwell in it, there you shall offer the Passover sacrifice, in the evening at sunset, at the time you came out of Egypt. And you shall cook it and eat it at the place that the Lord your God will choose. And in the morning you shall turn and go to your tents. For six days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a solemn assembly to the Lord your God. You shall do no work on itContinue Reading

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  1. From seeing all these different types of feasts and parties, it’s a good reminder that the Christian walk is not a sad walk; it is one of joy. It reminds me of Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the LORD always, I will say it again rejoice.” We don’t need to be sad and worried, our walk is one of rejoicing!

  2. Many years ago, my Mom gave me a book called “The Feasts of the Lord: God’s Prophetic Calendar from Calvary to the Kingdom” by Kevin Howard and Marvin Rosenthal. I highly recommend it.

    Deuteronomy 16:21-22 – Do not mix the worship of God with pagan methods like poles and pillars. I’m reminded of Jesus’ dialogue with the Samaritan woman in John 4:19-24:

    “‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘I see that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say that the place where one must worship is in Jerusalem.’

    “‘Believe Me, woman,’ Jesus replied, ‘a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him. God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.'”

    Do I worship God in spirit AND in truth? In order to do that, I must know God in truth, according to what He says about Himself — and us — in Scripture. What a difference that makes in how I approach Him in worship.

  3. There were many things in the life of the Jews that God put in place for them to remember Him and realize how much He had done and continued to do for them. There were things they would do daily, weekly and then the yearly feasts mentioned here. The feasts of weeks and tabernacles were related to the harvest and the Passover related to one of the major acts that God very consistently brought the people back to…I am the God who brought you out of Egypt….Makes me think how much of our lives points us back to God and how much we put in place to remind us. Certainly being in the Word is a great place to start.

    Interesting words about justice in verses 18-20….do not pervert justice or show partiality. As true today as it was then….

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