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Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8: Coveting thankfulness for the LORD’s blessings

There’s more to “you shall not covet” (Exodus 20:17) than lusting after other people’s stuff. That’s the lesson of Torah reading תבוא Ki Tavo (“when you come in,” Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8), which wraps an elaboration of the Ten Commandments that spans most of the book.

Under the hood of the instructions about the thanksgiving ceremony for first fruits of the Land’s crops and the third-year tithe is this message: We also are to be grateful for what the LORD has placed in our hands and use it to produce a “bumper crop” for the Kingdom.

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Shavuot teaches encountering God ‘in spirit and in truth’

Richard AgeeThis is a special time in God’s calendar. We have reached Shavuot, the “Feast of Sevens.” It’s also called Pentecost, which is Greek for 50th. This feast is, in a sense, a continuation of the fulfillment of the covenant God made with Abraham.

The book of Exodus shows us how God did not forget the covenant He made with Abraham. It was not fulfilled during the lives of Abraham, Yitskhak (Isaac), Ya’akob (Jacob) or Yosef (Joseph). He took more than 400 years to fulfill that promise.

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Shavu’ot: Firstfruits and the remnant of the crop left for the poor

Shavu’ot is a holiday celebrated 50 days after the Feast of Firstfruits. By this time, most of the harvest is gathered, prepped and stored. But God told His people in Leviticus 23 that they were supposed to leave a remnant behind for the “poor and the stranger.” Continue reading Shavu’ot: Firstfruits and the remnant of the crop left for the poor