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Leviticus 22:17-23:44

Twice in today’s reading God opens up His ordinances and the blessings that come along with following His commands, to those who are not his people, "Give Aaron and his sons and all the Israelites these instructions, which apply to those who are Israelites by birth as well as to the foreigners living among you.” (22:18) In the 22nd verse of chapter 23 foreigners are included with the poor as benefactors of the grain deliberately left in the field. God has always allowed for those who were not His people to benefit from the “crumbs” from those who were and are His people as we read Saturday in the Gospel reading (Mark 7:28) What a mighty God we serve!!

What I really like about today’s reading is that it shows how our God is a God who loves parties. He want’s His people to not only reverence and obey Him He wants them to have a good time in doing it. There are lots of “feasts” and sacred assemblies, food and more food. God wants us to celebrate Him and who we are in Him. So Christian, please don’t walk around with a long face, shout Hallelujah from time to time because we serve a God that enjoys our enjoyment of all the things He has done for us.

Grace and peace,


I agree with you Ramona that God loves a party. This last year with Covid, I have really noticed how much I miss them too. Our church had a monthly potluck usually with a theme and it was a wonderful way to get to talk to your friends. There was always worship, music and prayer. In many ways I wished our Gentile Churches would celebrate more of the Old Testament feasts and other sacred days that Mike mentions.

In his commentary Donald Curtis says, “The Lord communicates His truth in diverse ways. The holy days tell and show the great truths of God’s salvation, His love, and His plans. “
I particularly liked when he talked about how a Sunday was a day of rest and how it is described by Laura Ingalls Wilder in her series Little House on the Prairie. I remember growing up in the 1950s and doing some of these things but now……I think we have lost it.

In Donald’s conclusion, “Should the Church of Jesus Christ celebrate these things? Four times in Leviticus 23 we are told, “It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.” Of course, the command is addressed to the Jews. On the other hand, these appointed times testify over and over again about the past and future work of our Lord. Should we not make room for the principal ones like Passover, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles? These speak of three major doctrines of our faith: the Death of Jesus for our sins, His return, and His coming Kingdom. Think how clearly these holidays speak of these truths, because they are free from the secular clamor that surrounds Christmas and Easter. Besides, as I said above, the Feast of Tabernacles appears to be the big international holiday of the Millennial Kingdom.”

Yes, worship, worth-ship, celebrate Him today and enjoy each other! I do wish we commemorated the old festivals too! Remembrance is important. I try everyday not to forget what God did for me on Calvary! He was trying to show his children-the disciples that! They wanted to be first..but he said uh..uh..uhhh, be last u will be first..love the least of those..your heart will be pure and right. We have and serve such a good God! Like in Psalm 44:8 NLT "O God, we give glory to you all day long amd constantly praise your name."

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