Deuteronomy 15-16 B

“Then you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the LORD your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give just as the LORD your God blesses you; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your son and your daughter and your male and female servants and the Levite who is in your town, and the stranger and the orphan and the widow who are in your midst, in the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish His name.”‬ (‭16:10-11‬)

This particular feast reminds me of my church’s annual family camp. For seven days we sleep in tents, celebrating life together and eating a LOT of food. Anyone around joins a meal, a card game, a conversation around a campfire.

There’s a lot of pressure on Christmas to be the biggest, grandest holiday of the year. I love how many festivals the Jews have, and how long they last! Life is so full of pain, toil and hardship, it’s important to dedicate time for thanksgiving and celebration.

I’m also a HUGE fan of the sabbatical year idea. Can you imagine if every loan had an expiration date? The shelf life of a major loan was 6 years at most! That’s because freedom is so important to the LORD.

Current economic cultures can leave you buried in debt for the rest of your life! College, home ownership, medical bills… these things can get away with being outlandish amounts because we accept paying them for decades. Oh to live in this debt cancelling society!

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, let us consider the ways we can cultivate a culture of frequent rejoicing and short accounts. Just because this isn’t the culture around us, doesn’t mean we can’t bring kingdom culture into our midst. When Jesus came, the kingdom of Heaven was suddenly “at hand”. I don’t think it left with Him. He passed it onto us, made it alive in us, and taught us to pray, “They kingdom come”.

-Bethany

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