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Leviticus 23

Good Morning “Thankful Hearts.”  Today we are in Leviticus 23.  

Given that these observances and annual festivals were given only to the nation of Israel, it’s an easy chapter to skim over and lose sight of the big picture.  

6 days you are to labor and on the 7th rest.  You may remember from our Exodus study that the Sabbath had dual expectation. Exodus 20:8-11.  “The observance of the Sabbath, alongside the observance of “The First Day of The Week — the day of Christ’s Resurrection, later called The LORD’s Day (Revelation 1:10) — continued for some time.  This was clearly because the early Church was predominantly Jewish and was seen as a sect of Judaism. It was also a good evangelism strategy for reaching the Jews for Christ. (Acts 13

Gradually, as Jewish hostility against the Church increased; and the Church’s battle against the “the Judaizers’ insertion  of the Law into the Gospel” came to a head (Acts 15; Galatians) the observance of the Sabbath waned, especially in the Gentile Church.”

In total 7 festivals are discussed in this chapter.  They all were opportunities for the nation of Israel to express their adoration, and thanks to The Lord.  

Other than the one day a year when we celebrate Thanksgiving, when do we come together and celebrate His goodness?  What kind of offerings do we bring that celebrate that.  We live in an entitled world, but if you know your Bible you know we are entitled to NOTHING.  

Our sin has earned us eternal separation from God… only one place to spend eternity away from Him.  He gave us Jesus John 3:16, so that we might be saved, and reconciled to God.  Each breath we breathe comes from Him. Isaiah 42:5.  Every gift, talent and ability we have comes from Him - to be used for His purposes 1 Corinthians 12.  In fact every good and perfect gift is from Him period. James 1:17  He provides for all of our needs. Matthew 6

The greatest gift of thanks we can offer Him is ourselves Romans 12:1. Not at specific times of the year - but each day.  

Love you all!  Dig in!