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Here we are once again with summer nearly behind us and the Fall Holy Days, which picture the "Reward Time" for God's people, are at our doorstep.
During the summer in between the vegetable garden, flower garden and working and trying to stay warm (it was a very cold summer for us) I re-wrote the Fall Holy Day lessons. I hope you all will enjoy the more in-depth lessons. I also wrote two Feast booklets which I will be putting up at the website for the Feast this fall. One is called, 'The World Tomorrow", (remember that phrase) and the other booklet is "Feast of Tabernacles" with an emphasis on the verse, "A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you" John 15:12. There is a small lesson for each day of the Feast and a Bible Story with a picture to color to complement the lesson.
As we commence with lessons for the season ahead (the first fall lesson will be posted Friday, September 4th), we will begin with the Torah and Genesis 4. Immediately following will be the lessons for the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles and The Last Great Day. I hope your entire family will enjoy all of the studies.
At a time when our world is in turmoil and unsettled in many directions, we can go to the book of Psalms where David, in exile from his enemies, talked about God's Holy Days and how he longed to go to the Sanctuary to worship God where he had seen His great power and glory. We can find great comfort in his thoughts and his advice at the end of the chapter.
David said, "1As the hart (deer) panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God (David was weary with all the iniquity or sin in the land just as we recognize the destitution of the Ways of God in our world which causes us to pray as David did, "Thy Kingdom Come". We look forward to the time the Feast of Tabernacles picturing when all will learn the Righteousness of God! Just as the deer needs the physical water so we need and drink in of the "Living Water" Christ talked about on "that last great day of the Feast (of Tabernacles)" John 7:37.)".
2My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? (David thinks about the comforts of his former life, the joy of God and how he praised God as he played his harp before Him in the Temple, Psalm 43:4. David longed for the "... living God, an everlasting King" Jeremiah 10:10, just as we do for we know our physical and spiritual life depends on Him.). 3My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? (We think and ask the same thing, when will Christ return and restore the Kingdom of God).
4When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept (the) holyday (When God called His Bride out of the land of Egypt, He had them dwell in "booths" to show them that they were to depend on Him for their physical and spiritual needs for He was their God. It is the same for His people today. He wants us to realize a roof over our head is only temporary as the "booths" were in the wilderness. He wanted them to know as He does us that He is our "refuge", our "protection" that He is our God and we are His people forever when we keep our mind and eyes on Him. Here is the advice David gave us, "...trust in Him at all times" for "He is our hope (never give up)" "who is the health of my countenance (our Deliverer, our Savior), and my God" Psalm 62:8, 71:14.) Psalm 42:1-4.
Through the Prophet Isaiah God tells us when His Kingdom is established here on earth, "Behold, a King (Jesus) shall reign in righteousness... And a man (Christ) shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land".
"And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. "And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places" Isaiah 32:1-2, 17-18.
"He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young" Isaiah 40:11. This my dear friends, is what we celebrate at the Feast; this is the "Hope" which lies within us. May we all have safe travel as we attend God's wonderful Feast and worship and praise God with Thanksgiving for His blessings He has given to us and the gift of SALVATION.
Your sister in Christ,
B. R. B.
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