This week Bro. Leo continues us on a new series of studies on Biblical Thanksgiving.
The American Thanksgiving Holiday originated in the Old Testament. We find it in Lev. 7:11-13, peace offering. A person making a peace/thanksgiving offering would take time out of their day to prepare the offering with the priest and offer it to God to show his gratitude for the blessings received. The phrase “peace offering” in vs.11 is translated from the Hebrew word “shelem” which means to voluntarily offer a sacrifice in response to a blessing received.
In Psa. 69:30 and Lev. 7:12 the word “thanksgiving” is translated from the Hebrew word “tôdâh” which means overflowing heart felt gratitude with a jubilant spirit, Todah is an outward physical offering that reflects an inward posture of the mind and heart. We offer “Todah” unto the Lord as sacrificial praise & thanksgiving (https://waynecountybiblecenter.com/praiseworship-study/).
In 1Peter 2:5 Christians are to offer up spiritual sacrifices individually because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit we are each priest. In Heb. 13:15-16 we are told to continually speak gratitude to God and help those around us that are in need, out of a spirit of gratitude.
Our Thanksgiving Holiday reminds us that we should be grateful everyday for what God has done for us.
Birkot Hashachar (Morning Blessings)
Praised are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who enables Hiscreatures to distinguish between night and day. Praised are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who made me inHis image.Praised are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who made me a Jew. Praised are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who made mefree. Praised are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who gives sightto the blind. Praised are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who clothes thenaked. Praised are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who releases the bound. Praised are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who raises the downtrodden. Praised are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who creates the heavens and the earth. Praised are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who provides for all my needs. Praised are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who guides us on our path. Praised are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who strengthens the people Israel with courage. Praised are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who crowns the people of Israel with glory. Praised are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who restores vigor to the weary.
Scriptures used in today’s study:
Psa 69:16 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
Psa 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Lev 7:11 And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the LORD.
Lev 7:12 If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.
1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Heb 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
2Co 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
2Co 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
Luk 17:14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
Luk 17:15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
Luk 17:16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
Luk 17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
Luk 17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Psa 77:11 I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
Psa 77:12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
Psa 126:1 A Song of degrees. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
Psa 126:2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
Psa 126:3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
Psa 63:3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Psa 63:4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
Psa 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
Psa 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Psa 63:7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
Psa 63:8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.