Week 10  Day 6

God gives a lot of instructions
but above all we are to--
        love God
        live joyfully
        do justice and righteousness

God is your praise
        just look at who God is
        and what God has done for you.

God's covenant with Israel is not
        like God commanding the wind
People have the freewill/freedom to decide
        maybe sometime
        in part
        yes, but . . .

God wants us to love and serve him
        yet we must want it too
        in order for it to happen

The covenant is a 2-way street
        God's desire
        our desire
It goes both ways
The ideal of the covenant is a loving relationship.

                                            THREE FEASTS
                   Celebrate, remember, rejoice--3x a year.
                                       Deuteronomy 16

    1"Keep the Passover to the Lord in the month of Abib.
2Sacrifice the Passover to the Lord from the flock and the
herd, in the place where the Lord chooses to put His name.
3Eat no leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat
unleavened bread, that is, the bread of affliction, that you
may remember the day you came out of Egypt all the days
of your life.  4No leaven shall be seen among you for seven
days, nor shall any of the meat which you sacrifice the first
day at twilight remain overnight until morning.  7You shall
roast and eat it in the place which the Lord chooses, and in
the morning you shall turn and go to your tents.  8Six days
you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day
there shall be a sacred assembly.  Do no work on it.
    9"You shall count seven weeks for yourself; count from
the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain.  10Keep
Feast of Weeks with the tribute of a freewill offering,
you shall give as the Lord your God blesses you. 
before the Lord, you and your son and daughter,
your male
and female servant, the Levite who is within
your gates, the
stranger and the fatherless and the widow
who are among
you.  Remember that you were a slave in
Egypt, and be
careful to observe these statutes.
    13"Observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when
you have gathered from your threshing floor and winepress.
14Rejoice in your feast, you and your son and daughter,
male servant, and female servant, the Levite, the
and the fatherless and the widow, who are within
your gates.
15Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to
the Lord,
because He will bless you in all your produce and
in all the
 work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice.
    16"Three times a year all your males shall appear before
the Lord your God in the place which He chooses:  at the
Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at
the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before
the Lord empty-handed.  17Every male shall give as he is
able, according to the blessing of the Lord.
    18"Appoint judges and officers in all your gates according
to your tribes.  20Follow what is altogether just, that
you may
live and inherit the land.''
                          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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