As we’re getting closer to the Thanksgiving season, I’m beginning to hear my kids anticipate what we’ll be having for Thanksgiving dinner – because in spite of being sacred health coordinator, I do fix a traditional meal for Thanksgiving with the sides and the turkey and ham and all the trimmings. My kids are especially fond of my sweet potato soufflé and their excited and while their excited about it but while their upstairs asleep in the wee hours of the morning, they don’t really know all the work that it takes to pull off a meal like that. I’m up early preparing the Turkey and the Ham because I like to eat everything fresh. I put the greens and the blackeye peas on the night before so they can cook long and are tender by the time we eat. I do my stuffing and my cornbread in the morning so it can be fresh, I do the soufflé and then my mac and cheese and rolls right before we sit down at the table so the cheese is still nice and soft and after that I bake any cakes, pies and desserts so while we’re finishing our meal, the desserts are coming out of the oven and all the sweet smells in the house makes their mouths water and the first bite just causes their eyes roll back in your head. So as they’re sitting there eating the result of all my hard work, they don’t have any idea about the preparation it took to prepare the meal for them. The hours I send at the grocery store getting all the ingredients, going from store to store seeing who has the best greens and green beans, searching for the pumpkin cheese cake, getting the right spices, and if I forget something I’m back at the grocery store two or three times in a day or I send Bro. Joe back up there to get the cranberry sauce because I don’t want the person at the checkout counter saying are you back again. And after it’s all over and my kids say why does it taste so good, I always tell them because I make everything with love.
So while I was meditating all of that, this scripture in Exodus 5:1 really connected with me. It’s when Moses and Aaron was petitioning Pharaoh to let Israel go: It says,
- Exodus 5:1 – which says
And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.
It’s interesting that God would ask them to hold a feast for Him when it didn’t look like they had anything to offer him. They were in bondage and slaves. What could they possibly offer him to feast on? They were oppressed and depressed, afflicted. Those characteristics don’t sound like the ingredients for a feast. But what they didn’t know at the time was that God already knew what he had in store for His people. He had already told Moses the plans he had for their deliverance. Even though they were in slavery at the time and fought and complained ever step of the way. God was about to set them free and set-them up so that they didn’t leave Egypt empty handed.
The next message He sent to Pharaoh was….in Exodus 7:16 and repeated in Exodus 8:1 & Exodus 8:20
And thou shalt say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness:
And the Lord spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
The NIV interprets Exodus 7:16 in this way:
Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness.
I had to ask myself, “Is my worship a feast unto the Lord or is it famine?” In other words can the Lord be full and satisfied from my worship or would he starve from the praise that I’m offering him?