“Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 23:42-43 (KJV)
As Israel journeyed through the wilderness, following their deliverance from Egypt, God gave them laws and statutes that would always call them to remember the love, mercy, grace, power, and awe of God. Contrary to what people may say; the law is not given us to stop us, nor to hinder us from fun and pleasure. The law is given us so that we might know God, love Him, and to better know and love our neighbors. It also is given to show us and remind us how miserably we fail to live right with God.
The LORD God has just given Moses the feasts of Israel – Passover, Unleavened Bread, First fruits, Feast of weeks or Pentecost, Day of Atonement, and the Feast of booths – these were given for the purpose the LORD gives in the text for today.
All these feast show forth the work and ministry of the Christ who was to come. They were not only being reminded of the work GOD had already done, but what He was currently doing, and what He would do in years, and millenniums to come.
For the Christian today we can read this and see the power, presence, and glory of God who was in the work of doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Our efforts of being right with God will get us nowhere without dependence upon Him, His grace, His work, and His power.
What does the Law do for the Christian today? It shows us that we come up short of the glory of God in our own merit (Romans 3:23). It shows us that we need to be totally surrendered to God, because He is the One, and only One who can hold us and keep us for that glorious day (2 Timothy 1:12).
Once we have received the Lord Jesus as our Savior we have the great privilege, gift, pleasure, and responsibility of living it, teaching it, and displaying it first to our children and grandchildren; our communities, and to the world. It is for all generations.
Reading for February 11, 2018: Leviticus 24 – 25