I love to feast with family, and even though I am not a great cook, I can always contribute something. My husband Ned is the chef in our family, although our children and grandchildren can whip up some incredible meals, like my daughter-in-law Jenell, seen here holding a platter of good food. Feasts was the topic of last Sunday’s sermon at New Hope Church, where our daughter Jennifer and her family attend.
The retired pastor Dave, who in his seventies, is pastoring a new church in Grand Rapids and returned to Traverse City to visit and preach. He spoke about the feasts in the Bible. “Everything is about the harvest,” he said. He asked us to flip in our Bibles to Leviticus 23. Oh, we are going to have to listen to a sermon on laws I thought. But he surprised me and he gave one of the best and most important sermons I have ever heard. He explained that in Leviticus 23 God gives us the complete story of Redemption. There are seven feasts listed there, all of them still practiced by the Jewish people. But “feasts” itself in Hebrew means “divine appointments.” So these are extremely special to our God, they are ordained.
The first four feasts tell us about our past as children of God: Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the feast of Harvest, Pentecost, the fifth through the seventh tells us of our future, the Feast of Trumpets, of Atonement, and finally the Feast of Tabernacles. This chapter teaches us about the redemption, tribulation, rapture of the church, and the 1000 year reign. We are waiting now. Now is a time of harvest and what are we harvesting, he asked us. “More than 97 percent of Christians admit they have never shared their story of what Jesus means to them…they have never told anyone about Jesus.
I gotta tell you I felt so convicted. I have become so comfortable in my own sphere and it is so easy to be extra quiet now since Christians are being ridiculed now as intolerant. Forgive me Lord. How can I face you someday? We have such a treasure. Let’s invite someone to share in His feast today. Be a friend to a non-believer…love them..let them crave that peace you have. Let’s do it to at least one person this week.
I love you
Let’s invite them to our feast.