One thing we've been trying to do over the last few years as a church is to look at the calendar and say "Why do we do this event every year? Is there a good reason other than that we've always done it?" Let's face it--life is busy enough without being cluttered with the unnecessary.
One event that almost got cut, until we looked a little closer, was the harvest party. We can make all sorts of arguments for and against it (Does Pastor Chris need another knee surgery? How many porkburgers can a person really eat anyway? ) but is there a biblical reason for it?
Churches have had some sort of fall celebration dating back to the earliest days of the church. One obvious reason is that the world was more of an agricultural society then, so the harvest was a big deal. However, there may have been another reason.
Leviticus chapter 23 lists a series of festivals that God ordered Israel to keep. Each event points toward a moment in the prophetic calendar.
The final three are the Feast Of Trumpets (what the Jews call Rosh Hashanah), The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and the Feast of Tabernacles (or Feast of Booths). Without going in to too much detail, basically you've got a series of events announcing the coming day of the Lord, the return of Christ, an finally the reign of Christ over His kingdom.
When all is done, when death and Hades are done away with, there will be a time when God’s people are gathered together, to live in such a way that they can look upon Him with nothing obscuring their view:
Rev 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,
So when we're fellowshipping together, eating hot dogs and listening to people complain about their injuries from the football game, take a moment to look up and thank God and reflect on the fact that one day we'll look up and clearly see Him, with nothing in the way.
Why The Harvest Partyposted Oct 10, 2012, 1:49 PM by Grace Christian [ updated Oct 10, 2012, 1:57 PM by Nate Mosley ]
Why The Harvest Party
Written By: Pastor Nate