R4E130828 – Thanksgiving by Douglas Jacoby
1 Thanksgiving Origins of the American Celebration
2 Forgiveness Loves More Thanksgiving
3 Revelation Blessing Glory Wisdom Thanksgiving Honor Power
Biblical sidelights on Thanksgiving
- Many of the Psalms express gratitude
- Psalm 69:30 — “I will praise the name of God with a song / I will magnify him with thanksgiving.”
- Psalm 100:4 — “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! / Give thanks to him; bless his name!”
- Thanksgiving is a special theme in Luke’s gospel
- Luke is full of stories of people responding appropriately / inappropriately, with or without gratitude (such as the rich man and Zacchaeus, in Luke 18 and 19).
- Luke 7 — the sinful woman loves much.
- It is easy to despise those who effusively express their gratitude (like Michal, 2 Samuel 6). Do I look down on those more expressive than me? (Or on those less expressive than I am?)
- How expressive am I? In thanking others, thanking God, sharing the good news…?
- Further study: take a look at other versions of this story, for example in John 12.
- Luke 17 — the 10 lepers
- Forgetfulness, inattention, loss of focus — perhaps the failure of the 9 was inadvertent.
- Returning to show thanks will cost us thought, energy, money, time (change of plans?)
- Thanksgiving is a characteristic of authentic spirituality.
- 2 Kings 5 — Naaman the leper.
- Revelation 7:12 — “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
- For further thought:
- Notice the emphasis on gratitude in the epistles. Make a list of verses, and commit one to memory.
- Do you agree that only 10% of Christians have the “gift of evangelism”? Why or why not? Either way, what are the implications?
- If I am a parent, are my children grateful? Or do they seem to behave in an “entitled” way?
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