I can hardly believe it is almost November, it has been cooler here, but still a few warm days. Truthfully, we have had very little really cold weather in a long time. I can get by with a sweater or jacket but I love boots.
And I have to admit that Thanksgiving was not always my favorite holiday, cooking, then people eat and leave or head out to those early black Friday sales. You know you have lots of cleaning up to do, the overeating jokes, the catching up with people that sometimes really don’t know you, even if you are related, dealing a with children’s table, you know the drill, and leftovers and more left overs. Georgia is know for pecans, but one piece of pecan pie year is enough for me.
But what about thanksgiving offerings, yes, there were offerings of thanksgiving made. And I suppose that is one of the problems I had with Thanksgiving, not as a day to be thankful or a feast day of sorts but because, if Christmas has been commercialized, Thanksgiving has been hijacked, Why?
Let’s look at the Greek word, eucharisteo, I got a lot of guff over taking Communion at home but that is Thanksgiving. As compared to the Hebrew, yadah, to bless, raise up, ( a cup or Communion ) even to speak together praise, it can have a meaning or a song as well.
Go ahead and eat and have a great time with family and friends but offer some thanksgiving to God, everyday. Let’s look at some verses.
The cup of the blessing that we bless — is it not the fellowship of the blood of the Christ? the bread that we break — is it not the fellowship of the body of the Christ? 1 Corinthians 10:16
If I partake with thanksgiving, why am I spoken evil of for what I give thanks for? 1 Corinthians 10:30
For all things are for your sakes, that the grace, being multiplied through the many, may cause the thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 4:15
And Ephesians 5:4, even mentions losing jesting and bad language, and instead thanksgiving. We all know what a bunch of relatives can look like getting together, I have seen so many women sit in panic of what a husband will say. And really, they should have fed them before they got to dinner. And then there are those who eat at home and then join you too. I think people are really missing the point of Thanksgiving, we should be grateful for our food, homes, health and freedom, and the many blessings of God.
So we can see how thanksgiving, the true kind corresponds to offerings, and to Jesus, even with Communion. So, let’s read some other verses from the Old Testament, realizing, that Jesus was our offering and sacrifice and we need no other, God wants obedience not sacrifice.
The sacrifice that honors me is a thankful heart. Obey me, and I, your God, will show my power to save. Psalm 50:23
I will praise God’s name in song and exalt Him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30
Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and declare His works with rejoicing. Psalm 107:22
I will bring you a thanksgiving offering and call on the name of the LORD! Psalm 116:17
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that confess His name. Hebrews 13:15, is what I leave you with as a visual, this is true Thanksgiving.
I hope we all have a blessed and joyful holiday. Go ahead and eat, have dessert, enjoy family and friends but don’t forget to set a place at your table for Jesus and offer Him Thanksgiving.
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