April 16, Reading 1 – Leviticus 23:23-44

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SAA Notes

These three feasts flow one into the other forming one whole – though with a prominent gap distinguishing each from the others. The Apostle John in the Book of Revelation takes up this framework – the Trumpets, the Bowls of Judgment, and the return of Christ with the finish of the world’s harvest. The festivals contain our Great Hope!

SJA Notes

“All native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the people of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”

An important part of what God sets in place here with these feasts is to remind them of what He has done for them.

Here, with the Feast of the booths (or “tabernacles”), it is to remember that He rescued them from Egypt, that they were sojourners walking through the wilderness, living in these little fragile portable homes.

This feast is still celebrated today (search for “Sukkot”).

The idea of remembering what God has done for us is pivotal for God’s people.

For us, one of the most prominent and specific ways we do this is the Lord’s Supper.

We remember that God rescued us out of the kingdom of darkness and death, from our sin, into the kingdom of light and life, to eternal life.

Through Jesus! His body offered up as a sacrifice, His blood spilled to make atonement. For us.

Let us be encouraged to remember the Lord! Remember what He has done for us, for us through our lives in little and big ways, the memories we have of Him working His will in our lives.

Praise God! Thank You Lord!

* Father God,

We thank You, You have rescued us, restored us, forgiven us and brought us into Your kingdom – Thank You!

We love You God, please help us to love You more each day.

And please help us to love and show Your love to those around us.

Help us each day, please Lord God, help us to remember You.

Amen.

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