Holidays.. or..( Holy Days )???

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Ahhhh, Labor day weekend!

The Traditions.!!?…..but all too often we observe and celebrate not even

knowing why,?…….reminds me of a story I heard,  of the little girl who asked

her momma, ” why do we cut the ends of the ham off before we cook it?”,

Momma said, ” I don’t know I suppose because thats the way my momma did it,…

Let’s go ask her”, so they went to her home, “Grandma, why do we always cut the ends

of the ham off before we cook it?”,  Grandma says, ” well, thats how my momma always

did it, she is now 90 , lets find out her secret “,

So they went to great grandma’s house, ” Momma, why do we always cut the ends of the ham

off before we cook it?”……..”Well”…..she said……”back when I first set up house keeping,

we were so poor and I only had a pan this long, and a whole ham wouldn’t fit, so

I just got in the habit of cutting those ends off !!!?”  :0

Two  generations,  following a tradition that they really had no

understanding of.   I wonder how many folks do the same today???

Labor Day?????       Why?   What are we celebrating???

A holiday, …an American Holiday .. first observed in….1882,

(Canada observes it too. )

About 140-150 years ago, after the civil war, America experienced

and industrial boom!  Factory after factory was established, the railroad

expanded in every direction. The demand for labor was at an all time high.

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Unlike today with high unemployment, jobs were abundant,  in fact

those working had to do 12 hour days regularly just to keep up,  because there

was not enough help.  The unions then began popping up,  to help protect folks

from being overworked and taken advantage of ( literally being worked to death ).

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It is unclear as to who’s idea it was, but either Peter McGuire ( cofounder of the American

Federation of Labor ) or Matthew McGuire (  sec. of Central Labor Union ), thought it would be

great, and needed , to honor all the extremely hard working, and committed Americans.

It is known however, that, Matthew McGuire, was the 1st to organize a committee ,

plan a demonstration,  following with a picnic, which was carried out

on Tuesday September 5th, 1882, in New York City!  The 1st Labor Day celebration, here

in America.

It is largely a day of rest and became a federal holiday in 1894

signed into law by President Grover Cleveland.Grover-Cleveland

 

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To many,   it marks the end of the summer season,

A special day to recognize the working people.

Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September.

It is a celebration of the American labor and is dedicated to the social

and economic achievements of our workers.

It celebrates the yearly contributions workers have made

to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of this country.

If you are a working member of our society, bless you!

This Holiday is for you!

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Many countries may do something like this,  but not in September.

It is a “holiday”,  as we call it………but a holiday,  by definition means

“Holy Day “!  A day set apart, reserved, set back for, saved for,…..

something…..in this case to remember and celebrate all the hard work

put forth to make this nation great.

In America, this celebration was created , set it apart, made it holy if you please…..

As is, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Presidents Day,

all these,  are American holidays…..Holy / set apart….. only to Americans.

Then there are Church holidays…….created by the church,

……..Christmas,    Ash Wednesday,

St. Patrick’s Day,    Valentines Day,………..Holy / set apart… only to the church.

The Jewish people have holidays,……….Purim, and Hanukkah,

Created by the nation of Israel for them to remember.

Muslims, Hindus , Buddhists , and all nations have holidays,

created holidays …Holy Days…..specific to them!

So…….Here’s a Question for you????…

.Does GOD have holidays???

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Has God Himself, set apart, specific days…..that are Holy Days to Him??

Set apart days   to celebrate, to remember, to worship???

Answer…………….Yes!…………………!!!!

Often when we think of Moses on the mountain, during the 40 days/40 nights…..

our training often causes us to say ” oh yes that’s when he got the 10 commandments ”

and this is true. However, if you read the account, and read Exodus, and Leviticus ,

we learn that the 10 commandments were not the only instructions God handed out.

In Exodus 23:14-17Exodus 23:14-17
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14 “You shall observe a feast to me three times a year. 15 You shall observe the feast of unleavened bread. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month Abib , and no one shall appear before me empty. 16 And the feast of harvest, the first fruits of your labors, which you sow in the field: and the feast of harvest, at the end of the year, when you gather in your labors out of the field. 17 Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord Yahweh.

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 and in even greater detail

Leviticus 23:1-44Leviticus 23:1-44
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23 1 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, ‘The set feasts of Yahweh, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my set feasts. 3 “‘Six days shall work be done: but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation; you shall do no manner of work. It is a Sabbath to Yahweh in all your dwellings. 4 “‘These are the set feasts of Yahweh, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their appointed season. 5 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening, is Yahweh’s Passover. 6 On the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread to Yahweh. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. 7 In the first day you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no regular work. 8 But you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh seven days. In the seventh day is a holy convocation: you shall do no regular work.’” 9 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 10 “Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, ‘When you have come into the land which I give to you, and shall reap its the harvest, then you shall bring the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest: 11 and he shall wave the sheaf before Yahweh, to be accepted for you. On the next day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. 12 On the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb without blemish a year old for a burnt offering to Yahweh. 13 The meal offering with it shall be two tenth parts of an ephah of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire to Yahweh for a sweet savor; and the drink offering with it shall be of wine, the fourth part of a hin. 14 You shall eat neither bread, nor roasted grain, nor fresh grain, until this same day, until you have brought the offering of your God. This is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 15 “‘You shall count from the next day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be completed: 16 even to the next day after the seventh Sabbath you shall number fifty days; and you shall offer a new meal offering to Yahweh. 17 You shall bring out of your habitations two wave-loaves of two tenth parts of an ephah: they shall be of fine flour, they shall be baked with yeast, for first fruits to Yahweh. 18 You shall present with the bread seven lambs without blemish a year old, one young bull, and two rams. They shall be a burnt offering to Yahweh, with their meal offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire, of a sweet aroma to Yahweh. 19 You shall offer one male goat for a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old for a sacrifice of peace offerings. 20 The priest shall wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering before Yahweh, with the two lambs. They shall be holy to Yahweh for the priest. 21 You shall make proclamation on the same day: there shall be a holy convocation to you; you shall do no regular work. This is a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. 22 “‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap into the corners of your field, neither shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest: you shall leave them for the poor, and for the foreigner. I am Yahweh your God.’” 23 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest to you, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall do no regular work; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh.’” 26 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 27 “However on the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement: it shall be a holy convocation to you, and you shall afflict yourselves; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh. 28 You shall do no manner of work in that same day; for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement for you before Yahweh your God. 29 For whoever it is who shall not deny himself in that same day; shall be cut off from his people. 30 Whoever it is who does any manner of work in that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You shall do no manner of work: it is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for you, and you shall deny yourselves. In the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall keep your Sabbath.” 33 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of tents for seven days to Yahweh. 35 On the first day shall be a holy convocation: you shall do no regular work. 36 Seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh. On the eighth day shall be a holy convocation to you; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh. It is a solemn assembly; you shall do no regular work. 37 “‘These are the appointed feasts of Yahweh, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh, a burnt offering, and a meal offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, each on its own day; 38 besides the Sabbaths of Yahweh, and besides your gifts, and besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings, which you give to Yahweh. 39 “‘So on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruits of the land, you shall keep the feast of Yahweh seven days: on the first day shall be a solemn rest, and on the eighth day shall be a solemn rest. 40 You shall take on the first day the fruit of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before Yahweh your God seven days. 41 You shall keep it a feast to Yahweh seven days in the year: it is a statute forever throughout your generations; you shall keep it in the seventh month. 42 You shall dwell in booths seven days. All who are native-born in Israel shall dwell in booths, 43 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 Yahweh your God.’” 44 Moses declared to the children of Israel the appointed feasts of Yahweh.

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………..  God tells Moses of,    His Holidays.

These Holy Days were not made up by the Jewish people, in other words,

It wasn’t the Jewish nation declaring these days set a part ,

It wasn’t a national holiday by their choice

(…….they weren’t even established as a nation yet! )

These are Holy Days of God , set apart by God, and to be observed by all who

desire to please God.

 

There are 7, most often referred to as The Feasts of the Lord!

 

Passover, was the first,

Unleavened Bread, the second,

First Fruits, is the third,

These follow on the heels of each other and are all observed in the spring.

50 days after First Fruits came the next God Holiday,

called…….

the Feast Of Weeks, or Pentecost, the fourth,

 

In the fall of the year came the final feasts, all on the heels of each other.

Trumpets, is the fifth,

Day of Atonement, is the sixth,

The Feast of Booths, or Shelters, Tabernacles, is the seventh.

 

Now one may ask why? Why would a person who was not a Jew observe

these Holy Days??    Now what I find ironic , is,  so many folks who are

asked, ” Are the 10 commandments

still relevant today”, would say,… absolutely!  Yet, these same folks ask why

would we observe these Jewish Holidays???

These Holy Days were established/ set apart / commanded to be observed,

by the same God who gave the 10 commandments and at the same time

as when He gave those commands!

They are Feasts of the Lord,  not Feasts of the Jews!!!!

Citizens of The Kingdom of God, will observe them, because they are the

Holy Days of our King. Holidays of Almighty God! To be observed by His

people.

Do we Have to observe them?  Well…….

Do we have to observe Labor Day? …..No

We don’t Have to observe anything.

Is God pleased and honored when we do??

I think…….YES.…….even as He is when we practice and

honor, His 10 commandments.  So……

In my next two blogs, I want to explain what I’ve learned over 40 years about

these ” God Holidays”, and how we honor/observe them here in our home!

Not a bunch of do’s or don’t,  but the heart of the Holiday , even as I

shared about Labor Day today!

I hope you will check back and read my thoughts on them too!

 

As always …..Thanks so much for stopping by and reading,

God Bless and Shalom to you!

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