When they looked back, it was to remind them of the 40 years of wandering in the desert by their ancestors, when the people were homeless and had to live in temporary shelters.
We aren’t obligated to celebrate these feasts now, but it is a good idea to look at their meaning.
Look at where you are as a person, a family and a nation.
It is 2021. Where are you now in life? What was your life like years ago? Are you better off today, than 20 years ago? Are you better off than your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents?
Most people would say they are better off. We are healthier, wealthier, smarter. The point is, there was hardship and struggles in our ancestor’s past and those brought us to where we are today.
For these Jews, they were remembering what their ancestors had to endure. They were not supposed to forget the struggles they went thru.
How many of us could live 100 years ago? 200 years ago? 70 years ago?
We who are living today have what we have because of the sacrifices that previous generations made.
The Jews needed to remember and appreciate that and so do we.
What are some the benefits we have as families today that our ancestors didn’t?
Just think about the modern conveniences we have that they didn’t. And you know what, they survived.
What advances in medicine do we have that we didn’t 50-60-100 years ago?
We should be grateful to God for when we are living. We could have lived back then.
Here is where I think people are going off the rails. They have forgotten what this country has been thru to get where we are today.
We see history being re-written or erased right before our eyes. The problem with erasing history or re-writing it is that we forget where we came from and how we forget how God allowed us to correct all those bad things.
The purpose for the Israelites and for us is that we need to remember all that God has done for us in the past.