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Many Feasts
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The doldrums of the work week seem to be an ever tolling bell that alerts us to the need of something apart. I probably should tell you that I love my job as much, if not more, than the next guy. But as I climb into my car at six- thirty in the morning to begin my commute to work, even I know that man cannot be mentally sustained by work alone. And it is my firm belief that we were never created to live lives of ceaseless toil. 

Being a man always in search of metaphysical justifications for relaxing and having fun (maybe even watching the Red Sox game on television), I turned to the Bible. Certainly the creator of the Sabbath would have ideas on how to have a good time away from the daily grind. And I was not disappointed.

Knowing perfectly the spirit of man, the Almighty’s ideas of a good time are often centered on lots of food and lots of people. Feasts, to be more precise. In fact, feasts are so important that God commanded the children of Israel in Exodus 23:16 to “Celebrate the Feast of Harvest with the first fruits of the crops you sow in your field. Celebrate the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.” 

Feasts, Celebrations and Parties

These are just two of the many celebrations that were envisioned to bring the Israelites together in order to have a good time. There was the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and of course the seven day Feast of Tabernacles. When you throw in the wedding celebrations, it becomes evident that a life is not fully lived unless you are having many feasts, celebrations and parties. 

So go ahead and invite the friends and family over. Plan a massive meal and slay that fatted tofu. Maybe you should even invite over the neighbor for that Red Sox game. It is biblical after all.

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