Author Leo Buscaglia tells this story about his mother and their “misery dinner.” It was the night after his father came home and said it looked as if he would have to go into bankruptcy because his partner had ran away with their firm’s funds. His mother went ou … More
Every Israelite male was obligated to attend three feasts at God’s chosen place every year (v. 16). Apparently some Jews of this time period did not take this command any more serious than some Christians of our day do in attending the services of the church (Hebrews 10:25). If possible their families were also to go with them (v.v. 11,14). These three festivals were:
The “Feast of the Passover” was to celebrate the night the Lord “passed over” the blood sprinkled door posts, sparing the life of the first-born Israelite child while the Egyptians lost their children.
The Feast of Pentecost was held 50 days after the Passover (Lev. 23:15-16). It was to be a time of rejoicing and sharing because the Lord had been generous to the Israelites.
The Feast of Tabernacles was called by this name because after the fall harvest the Israelites were to live for one week in tabernacles as “booths” made of tree branches. This was done to remind them of the journey through the desert after the nation had come out of Egypt.
At each of these festivals; each participant was encouraged to give what he could in proportion to what God had given him. God expects me to give what I can. (I Corinthians 16:2).
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Deuteronomy 13:1-18Do Not Listen to False Prophets
Deuteronomy 14:1-29Moses Deals With Diet
Deuteronomy 15:1-11Regulations Concering Debt Cancellation
Deuteronomy 15:12-23The Principles of Slavery
Deuteronomy 16:1-22The Three Feasts of God’s Chosen People
Deuteronomy 17:1-20Moses Gives The Job Description
Deuteronomy 18:1-8The Levites Were Set Apart to Serve
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