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Devotional for 15th of Tishrei, 5780

Celebrate in the presence of ADONAI your God for seven days (Leviticus 23:40).

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As one considers Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles), it becomes clear why God commanded this time as a central celebration for Israel. The last of the fall High Holy Days, Sukkot contains a practical, yet vital, lesson—to reflect on our blessings with a spirit of thankfulness. Since Sukkot takes place during the time of the final harvest of the year, this festival was a perfect time to celebrate God's goodness. The four species of fruit and vegetation mentioned in the Torah (Leviticus 23:40) symbolize the fruitfulness of the land which God brought our forefathers into. It was fitting that our people were exhorted during the days of Sukkot to take their eyes off the troubles of the world and enter into a time of thanksgiving.

It should be noted that the early pilgrims to "the new world" also experienced the loving faithfulness of the Lord. They had survived the long journey from Europe and the harsh conditions that surrounded them. Since the pilgrims read their Hebrew Bible, these believers knew there was a holy day of the Jews, designated for giving thanks. The result was the feast of Thanksgiving, which could actually be called the American version of Sukkot!

The Feast of Tabernacles is still a great reminder to us today: "In everything give thanks, for this is what God wants from you who are united with the Messiah Yeshua" (1 Thessalonians 5:18). What joy should fill our hearts as we see our loving heavenly Father providing for our every need! Take a look around ...the blessings of God will become evident.

...ask God to give me a thankful spirit as I see his blessings in my life.


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