Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Friday, December 1 2023



The Feast of Tabernacles, also known as Feast of Ingathering, is a Feast ordained by the Almighty God for all His worshippers to celebrate (Leviticus 23:33-44; Deuteronomy 16:13-17; Exodus 23:16; 34:22) The most important aspect is the reading of God’s laws to the celebrants. (Deuteronomy 31:10-12) The questions celebrants should ask themselves include the following: How relevant is the Feast of Tabernacles to us as Christians in this age?  What part are we required to play on the occasion or what are our spiritual obligations or duties?  What is the general code of conduct expected of us as celebrants before, during and after the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles?

Text: “Also, in the fifteenth day of the Seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days…” – Leviticus 23:39.

Comment: The Feast of Tabernacles is an annual festival instituted by the Almighty God since the days of Moses the prophet during the historic journey of the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan.  On that occasion the children of Israel were by law enjoined to make offerings to the Lord. “…and they shall not appear before the LORD empty: Every man shall give as he is able…” (Deuteronomy 16:13-17) The ordinance states further, “Ye shall dwell in booths seven days… that your generation may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt.  An important fact that need be stressed is that God Almighty purposed that the celebration of this Feast should stretch into subsequent generations and that the people should give as they are blessed by God. See Ecclesiastes 11:1-6.

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