Daily Spirit & Word: 603: The Harvest Feast For All Nations.
This Harvest Sunday: God wants you to be fruitful and to increase.
Good morning my friends, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could go back to the Jewish way of celebrating Harvest: Tabernacles (Tents or booths): It’s mentioned a few times in the Old Testament, it was a feast primarily for the People of God; the Israelites, but it was also a feast for ALL NATIONS. As I was reading and studying Tabernacles in the Bible I’d forgotten just how much of a LIGHT TO THE NATIONS God had called His chosen people to be. Also that He makes every follower of Jesus into a kind of TABERNACLE (Dwelling place of God, by His Spirit).
The Feast of Tabernacles: (Booths):
Deuteronomy 16:13-17 Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing-floor and your winepress. 14 Be joyful at your Feast—you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, and the Levites, the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns.
15 For seven days celebrate the Feast to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.
16 Three times a year all your men must appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles. No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed:
17 Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.
It’s a FEAST for Everyone: Even the ALIENS amongst the Jews.
It’s a FEAST of Joyful Celebration.
The Feast of Tabernacles was for ALL NATIONS:
Zec 14:16-19 — Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain. 18 If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The LORD will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.
I’ve brought some pears from my garden for the Harvest Celebration today.
Come and help me take a look children: Let’s cut open a pear and see if there are any seeds inside.
Let’s count the seeds: How many are there?
How many pears are on my pear tree each year? Probably a few hundred.
How many seeds are in each pear?
How many seeds over the lifetime of a pear tree?
How many pears are in the SEED?
My friends, when the LORD calls His People, to become HIS People: He expects fruitfulness. He wants us all to be A LIGHT TO THE NATIONS. He wants us all to live in such a way, that many, many, countless others will be influenced to also come and LOVE and Worship the Lord our God.
Oh my friends how this DARK WORLD needs the LIGHT of Jesus Christ: You are that light: Yesterday the news broke here in the UK about another shooting in a school in America. Many people were killed, but countless hundreds are being killed every day with bombs, guns and all kinds of evil ways that we hurt each other. My friends if there has ever been a time that this world needed Jesus; it’s TODAY. Only He can change our hearts so that we will NOT want to be evil anymore.
My what a a wonderful Feast we had on Friday Night: Dancing, Eating wonderful foods from people who’ve come from all over the world: Jerk Chicken, Jollof Rice, Mexican Chicken, Chapatis, etc… Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a REVIVAL came and we were able, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to bring thousands of people to our FEAST OF HARVEST CELEBRATIONS.
When we think about my pears and the number of seeds: We can see that just one seed, when it is planted and grown into a tree can re-produce countless thousands of other pears and more seeds. That is how fruitful the LORD wants you and me to be in bringing others to know about the Lord Jesus Christ: He really is the LORD of the Harvest. (Remember the Parable of the Farmer? How the Lord Jesus explained that He wants to see FRUITFULNESS, hundreds of times the number of the seed that was sown into your heart).
Jesus calls us to Celebrate Harvest: But also be ONE of the ones who’s going to be fruitful in bringing in the harvest of souls.
He wants People: He wants people from ALL NATIONS. Jesus Christ is for EVERYONE.
It is my hope and prayer that you will be able to Celebrate Every Harvest with great JOY before the Lord.
It is my hope and prayer that you will be FRUITFUL every years in bringing souls into God’s Kingdom.
Let us pray to the Lord of the Harvest:
Let us ask Him to send out labourers into His Harvest Field.
Les us ask Him to give us His heart for those who don’t know Him yet. Amen.
I hope you all enjoy an amazing Harvest Sunday today: Let’s go out now into the FEAST and Sing to Lord and bring in the Harvest of Souls.
P.S. Think also about the FRUIT of the Holy Spirit in your life: This is how fruitful the Lord is going to make you:
Also: Just as the LORD Tabernacled with the Israelites for 40 years in a Tent in the Wilderness: So Jesus Christ came and Tabernacled upon the Earth: John 1:14 (ANIV) 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (tabernacled). We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
You are NOW a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit (You are the Tabernacle: God’s Meeting Place)
1 Corinthians 3:16 “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”
and 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body.”
God has always wanted to TABERNACLE: Be with, Dwell with His Chosen People: If you are born-again of God’s Holy Spirit: Then you ARE the dwelling place of the LORD. He’s in you no matter where you are on the Earth. He’s with you always.
So be the LIGHT to the World that Jesus has called you to be: Be fruitful and increase. That’s God call for you today, that’s always been His desire, command and will for everyone He calls to Himself.
See Also John 15, the great chapter on FRUITFULNESS. (The Vine and the branches).