The First Thanksgiving

....to be celebrated on American soil was at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621. William Bradford, who was the first Pilgrim governor proclaimed this first Thanksgiving celebration, used both New and Old Testament Scriptures as his guidance. Although there is no specific link, it can be aptly stated that there is a Biblical framework for our American Thanksgiving celebration. This first Thanksgiving lasted for three days!

The third annual Hebrew festival was called The Feast of Tabernacles. Lev. 23:42,43. It was also called Feast of Ingathering as it was held after the harvest was complete. Exodus 23:16; Deut 16:13.

Governor Bradford and the Pilgrims took the Hebrew scriptures very seriously. Much more seriously than we do today, unfortunately.

Be inspired to turn your heart in Thanksgiving toward God. There are many beautiful Scriptures related to Thanksgiving. Each of them directs us to give our thanks to God, our Creator, Provider, and Sustainer. As we begin to reflect on those things for which we are thankful follow Biblical references to guide your prayers and thoughts.

“GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, CALL ON HIS NAME; MAKE KNOWN AMONG THE NATIONS WHAT HE HAS DONE.” I Chronicles 16:8.

“GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER.” I Chronicles 16:34.

“THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH AND MY SHIELD; MY HEART TRUST IN HIM, AND I AM HELPED. MY HEART LEAPS FOR JOY AND I WILL GIVE THANKS TO HIM IN SONG.” Psalm 28:7

“MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD, ALL YE LANDS. SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS: COME BEFORE HIS PRESENCE WITH SINGING. KNOW YE THAT THE LORD HE IS GOD: IT IS HE THAT HATH MADE US, AND NOT WE OURSELVES; WE ARE HIS PEOPLE, AND THE SHEEP OF HIS PASTURE. ENTER INTO HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING, AND INTO HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE; BE THANKFUL UNTO HIM, AND BLESS HIS NAME. FOR THE LORD IS GOOD; HIS MERCY IS EVERLASTING; AND HIS TRUTH ENDURES TO ALL GENERATIONS. Psalm 100:1-5

“LET THEM GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD FOR HIS UNFAILING LOVE AND HIS WONDERFUL DEEDS FOR MEN, FOR HE SATISFIES THE THIRSTY AND FILLS THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS.” Psalm  107:8-9.

“ . . . BUT IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION WITH THANKSGIVING LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN UNTO GOD.” Philippians 4:6

I feel it urgent that each of us, as Christians and  Americans should bow before our eternal God expressing our thanks to Him for endowing us with Founding Fathers such as William Bradford, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and so many others who were not ashamed to express their faith in Jehovah Jirah God. We must bow before our God and confess the sins of our nation seeking His forgiveness and preservation of our nation bringing us national revival restoring us as a nation back to a renewed close walk with Him.

Everything was against America in the Revolution, WW I and WW II. During those times God's people, the church, was walking close to Him. Government favored the church resulting in God being adored and honored. America prevailed. The path back is a simple one -

 

"IF MY PEOPLE . . . "  II Chron. 7:14.

A Thanksgiving Thought Across the Garden Gate by Parson Don

 

 


      

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Updated November 30, 2010
 
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