“So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.” (Deuteronomy 26:8-10)
Deuteronomy 26 gives us details of the thanksgiving offering – an offering Israelites brought to the Lord each year at harvest. It’s an amazing section of Scripture.
After the Israelites enter the Promised Land, at their first harvest, they present a tenth of the produce to God. As they do, they tell a story – the story of their origin, their salvation, and their devotion. With signs of thanksgiving in their hands, they say they are descended from a wandering Aramean – Abraham. They recount how they went to Egypt and were enslaved, only for God to deliver them from the Egyptians. And they present their offerings, produce from the land God has given them, their new home.
This weekend is Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for. Look around: fresh, uncontaminated water from taps; closets with clothing suitable for every season and weather; couches to rest and relax on; fridges and freezers with food to sustain us; heat to warm us; light to illuminate and direct us; homes that bring security, safety, and protection; services to help and heal us when we’re in trouble; vehicles to transport us; family and friends to share with; a congregation to grow with and learn from; and our Lord who fills us, saves us, guides us, and brings us into his eternal rest. We have so much to be thankful for.
Why not follow the example of the Israelites? Remember these three things: your origin, your salvation, and your devotion. Where did you come from – what is your background, the story of your life, your upbringing? How did the Lord save you – what is your journey to faith in Jesus? And what will your response be this Thanksgiving – what act of devotion will you do to celebrate God’s love?
Let's celebrate Thanksgiving in these three ways with family, friends, and even strangers.
視頻大意翻譯(video Chinese translation):
And be blessed.
Grace and peace