READ: Leviticus 23:33-44
Feast of Tabernacles
This feast presents an opportunity for the people to do two things. To give thanks to God for the produce of the fruit of the trees and to take time to remember the exodus and the wandering in the desert. Essentially these feast provided a magnificent time for the people to take stock of everything that God had provided, and then to give Him praise.
Take the aspect of dwelling in booths for example. The people were to live for a week in primitive shelters made of branches – it reflected what life would have been like as struggling nation of slaves that wandered in the wilderness. It would kind of be like us going to live in the shanty of a jungle tribe so that we would appreciate everything we have been given.
Maybe that isn’t such a bad idea. To go without something to be reminded of the blessings that God has provided. Actually, come to think of it, that could be a part role in fasting (fasting doesn’t always have to do with food), an opportunity to go without so that we focus on Who God is and what He has provided.
What could you do to remind yourself of the blessings that God has given; maybe you could go without some very physical blessing that God has provided to remind you of what He does. These people would move out of their homes and live in a bunch of sticks – that is a sever reminder.
Maybe you could suggest some things in the comments below and then take the challenge to go without for a season.