Leviticus 22:29-32 We Give Thanks
29 When you sacrifice a sacrifice of Thanksgiving to the Lord, you shall sacrifice it so that you may be accepted. 30 It shall be eaten on the same day; you shall leave none of it until morning. I am the Lord. 31 So you shall keep My commandments, and do them; I am the Lord. 32 “And you shall not profane My holy name, but I will be sanctified among the sons of Israel; I am the Lord who sanctifies you,
Years ago, I was living in a mansion size house that the owner divided into apartments. I had odd and interesting neighbors that lived around me at different times. On Thanksgiving Day, I told my neighbor, whose name I can’t remember, that the Central United Methodist Church was having free Thanksgiving meals. He told me he wasn’t interested in going because Thanksgiving is a pagan holiday, and Yahweh would disapprove. I could see and smell he was drunk, so I said the word of Yahweh does not approve of being drunk; he did not reply but only returned to his apartment. The Holiday of Thanksgiving only happens because the group of Puritan Christians wanted to thank God for the excellent harvest of crops He gave them. So grateful for their blessing, the Pilgrims invited their Native American neighbors. If it had not been for their Native American neighbors, the Pilgrims would have perished. The Puritan Christians left the old world for religious freedom because the Church of England was too harsh. When America gained its independence, many founding fathers wanted to thank God for their victory, so they celebrated Thanksgiving. When Thomas Jefferson became president, he did away with Thanksgiving. Thomas Jefferson was a believer and supporter of the Separation of Church and State, and he was neither religious nor a Christian. So taking part in a holiday about giving thanks to God in prayers was not President Thomas Jefferson’s will. Many Years later, the American Civil War was destroying the nation, and morale was very low. President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday again. He asked Americans to remember God again and give thanks for what we have. The idea of giving thanks for a great harvest wasn’t new in 1621. Many cultures all over the world give thanks for their harvest. Even the Lord told His followers to remember Him in a harvest-time festival.
Exodus 23:16 Also you shall keep the Feast of the Harvest of the first fruits of your labors from what you sow in the field; also the Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field.
Leviticus 23:10 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you enter the land which I am going to give to you, and you gather its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest.
Thanksgiving could be pagan if someone is not grateful to God for the blessing He provides. Many people sit down to get a meal without giving thanks. Many people have a family, home, a job, or good health and hardly ever thank God for it. That is not only pagan-like behavior but also profane in the name of the Holy Lord. Dear brothers and sisters. Do not call Thanksgiving Day a pagan holiday. Look at the fruits of your behavior and ask yourself, am I a follower of the Lord, or am I pagan? God bless you all; the Giver of blessings loves you, and so do I. His thankful bondservant, Samuel Jerry Head.
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace overflow to you, so that, always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; 9 as it is written: “He scattered abroad, he gave to the poor, His righteousness endures forever.” 10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; 11 you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing Thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God.
Psalm 42:4 I remember these things and pour out my soul within me. For I used to go over with the multitude and walk them to the house of God, With a voice of joy and Thanksgiving, a multitude celebrating a festival.