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Three times a year all your men must appear before the Lord your God at the place he will choose: at the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles. No one should appear before the Lord empty-handed. Deuteronomy 16:16

Read: Deuteronomy 16:1-17
Deuteronomy 16


God gives Israel three national feasts. The feasts served as God-given rhythms to shape the people of Israel. As we’ve seen throughout this series, each feast had an agricultural and historical connection. The feasts tied the people and God to the present and the past. They served to remind the people of God’s active role in their daily provision, but also his role in the establishment and protection of them as a people. Layered throughout the instructions for the feasts is also an emphasis on community. God designs the feast to include those without community and those without resources.

Jesus fulfills each of the feasts. Jesus is God’s provision of life for those who believe in him. Jesus offers us the life we’re created to live. Jesus’s teaching continues God’s emphasis on community. He ushers in a new community, the church. Jesus-followers from all backgrounds gather as one family in the church. It’s to be a community that welcomes outsiders because Jesus-followers recognize they were outsiders and God welcomed them into his family. The feasts call us to develop rhythms in our own life to shape us toward gratitude and community.


Reflect on Jesus as the fulfillment of each feast. Thank him for dying for us on the cross and for defeating death through his resurrection. Join the Ada Bible Worship Team in worshiping Jesus through the song “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” The lyrics remind us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and he’s the one who brings us light and life.


Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.

ROMANS 12:10
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.