Monday, February 21, 2011

Devotional by Raul Ries


Rejoice and Remember

“Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice.”
Deuteronomy 16:15

The feasts point to two things. First, underline the word rejoice. Every feast was about rejoicing, not murmuring or complaining. It was a time to be rejoicing and happy before the Lord. Giving thanks before the Lord.

The second is remembrance. God was always taking the children of Israel back to remember. How many times does He use the word remember in Deuteronomy? Many times!

Rejoicing and remembrance are two major points all through Deuteronomy. Why? This book took them back through the first four books of the Pentateuch. Moses reminded them of all the times they murmured and complained. He reminded them how they forgot the protection and deliverance of God.

Was he trying to make them feel bad? No, he was telling them to remember, so they would not make the same mistakes. The feasts were put in place to always remind the people of the awesome works of God and how they should rejoice in them.

They are a reminder to us to rejoice in the Lord and the works of His hands.

We are called to an ever-lasting
preoccupation with God.
~A. W. Tozer~

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