The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. (Deuteronomy 28:9-11)
THE ROOT OF CHRISTIANITY IS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. Without the Old Testament, there would be no New Testament. Deuteronomy 28 is a summary of God’s covenant with the Jewish people in the land God gave them. It is an earthly covenant between God and the nation of Israel; of promise and performance. It is not about being saved. It is about walking with God on the earth.
THE CORE OF THAT RELATIONSHIP IS VESTED IN THE ANNUAL FEASTS OF THE LORD.“Three times a year, all the males of responsible age were required to appear before the Lord in Jerusalem, where God had chosen to put His name and to engage in several days of celebration with the Lord: (The Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Week, and the Feast of Tabernacles. Exodus 23:17; 34:22-23; Deuteronomy 16:16)
THESE WERE KNOWN AS THE PILGRIM FEASTS because of the required pilgrimage to Jerusalem. During the Feast of Tabernacles, the people brought their tithes and offerings to the Temple, for they were not to “appear before he Lord empty-handed” (Deuteronomy 16:16) (The Feasts of the Lord – Kevin Howard, Marvin Rosenthal.)
OCTOBER REMINDS US THAT THE GROWING SEASON and garden produce is ending. Canning, drying, and freezing season is ending. Pretty soon it will be time for pumpkins, Butternut and Acorn squash harvest. Right now, it’s time for planting turnips, kale and other nourishing greens.
IN A FEW WEEKS, CHURCHES WILL BEGIN HARVEST CELEBRATIONS with bobbing apples, apple pies, and general excitement. It’s time for looking toward Thanksgiving. October and November are months we can use to be a good testimony for the Lord in Thanksgiving. We certainly don’t owe the devil anything. He is not worthy of celebration and we owe the Lord, everything!
THE OTHER DAY, I TURNED 85. First time that’s ever happened. But after a few days of practice, I think I’m beginning to get the hang of it. I’m older than my daddy and both my grandpa’s. My mother is still two years older than me. Barbara’s running behind 2+ years. I’ve been drinking carrot juice now and then for 40 years. Good stuff, but the new is beginning to wear off.
FIVE QUARTS A WEEK AMOUNTS TO ABOUT A BARREL A YEAR. (Maybe I’ve had half that much.) It’s good for energy and bones; about the same in protein as mother’s milk; helps to hold back arthritis. (I don’t have any arthritis in my hands.) Sometimes I think I might have arthritis in my head, or maybe it’s half-Heimer’s. Anyway, it’s a good time to think about autumn. Life has a spring and autumn. It’s all good in the sight of the Lord.
Read Through the Bible in a Year
OCTOBER 3, 2019 - WEDNESDAY
A.M. Isaiah 27-28 P.M. Ephesians 5
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A Good Verse to Memorize:
And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. (Deuteronomy 28:11)
Song for Today:
Just As I Am (3:30) (Samonte – A Capello )
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