Wow! Look what the Lord has done, what He is doing and what He has yet to do!! Praise the Lord who is seated at the right hand of the Father, who has been given ALL authority in heaven and on earth! His name is Immanuel, our God who is WITH US! What shall we lack today??? He is worthy of all praise!! He is victorious and so are all those who are in Him! Hosanna in the Highest!!!
There is so much I could go into detail about, regarding today’s reading. Every festival could be it’s own blog and “sadly” (haha) I do not have the space nor the time to go into great detail over all of these ordinances, but the Lord has given me a short word regarding one of them.
We see that in all of these festivals and ordinances that there is and was God’s perfect order and purpose. All of it pointed to what God had done already for the Israelites and yet at the same time was pointing to what He was going to do with them (and for the whole world) as well. Looking at the time and place that He put these ordinances into motion, it was for the full purpose that they would REMEMBER what He had done for them and what He had brought them out of. He wanted Himself to be their “Center”, for them to “know Him” fully as their God. A God who is the same yesterday, today and forever. A God that is Holy and above all else. A God who every knee will bow to and will receive all GLORY, HONOR and PRAISE!
I’m fasciNATEd with leviticus 23:39-43. This is the festival I will focus on today. (Although the day of atonement and the releasing of the scapegoat would have been the perfect illustration of Jesus coming to the earth, making full atonement for us and becoming our scapegoat on the cross. Our Lord and Savior who took on the COMPLETE past, present and future sins of the generations that once lived, the generations that are currently living and the ones who are yet to be born [Isaiah 53] and bringing the whole world into a glorious re-union with their Maker, through the precious blood of the Lamb who was slain for us.) But today I want to focus on the Festival of Tabernacles.
The Israelites where instructed to “take branches from luxuriant trees, from palms, willows and other leafy trees and rejoice before the Lord their God for seven days. Celebrate this as a festival to the Lord for seven days each year. this is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come...[They were to] Live in temporary shelters for [these] seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in such shelters so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 23:40-43
Let me get this straight, God wanted the Israelites to remember the days of living in the wilderness???? These should of been days that, by my opinion, should’ve been locked away in an abyss somewhere. We all want to forget our past. The times that were tough. The times of testing that really brought out our fleshly, carnal nature. The times of our lives where we were the most vulnerable and dry. It’s like the room in our house we don’t show people because its a mess and would bring great shame upon the “family” name and reputation. (This room was always mine in my family...haha my parents would always lock it up in fear that the neighbors would shun us from the community or the church members would cut us off from the congregation) This period of time was not a time I would choose to remember but God says in 2 Cor. 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made PERFECT in weakness.”
They, the Israelites were not only instructed to give praise for SEVEN DAYS, regarding this time, waving palm branches in the air, saying Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest, which we see pointing to Christ’s triumphal entry in John 12:13 but also an image in what will happen in Rev. 7:9 [Everything is orchestrated with His purpose]. The Israelites were also instructed to re-live the moments of them living in shelters in the wilderness so that the generations would remember how God provided for them and sustained them in the moments where they had nothing. The israelites possessed nothing yet they obtained everything. For they had Him.
God is the greatest author of our lives. Every chapter is to be read aloud so that He may be given glory and praise as the God who was with us in our low times and our times of greatness, that He was the one who sustained us and carried us through it all.
I want to say this, God want’s you to praise Him at all seasons of your life. Whether your in need or you have plenty. Whether you are in the desert living in a shelter or in the promise land living in a mansion, HE IS THE GOD THAT PROVIDES AND SUSTAINS YOU. HE IS WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE.
Take a minute and comment on this blog about a season of your life, or a moment that God sustained you against all hope. Where He was your only solution. What has the Lord done in your life? What is He doing? Stop, reflect and begin to praise Him for what He has done!