Sunday, 19th September 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon (Senior Pastor)
We celebrate the Feast of Tabernacle because we believe Jesus was born during this time, not during Christmas. It’s an important festival for all of us.
Pastor Andrew Kou (Guest Speaker)
What is God’s Will in the Feast of Tabernacle? In Leviticus 23:33-43, God continued to remind the Israelites that in the Feast of Tabernacle, they must rest. God wants us to rest like He does. What’s rest? Does it mean to do nothing? Our God is the God who works until now. He created the world for six days until the seventh day, He completed the creation work and He rested. Rest does not mean we do nothing, but to stop after we’ve done the things God asks us to do. When we finish the work God wants us to do then we must let go and let God.
God wants us to rest. In Hebrews it tells us to make every effort to enter into Sabbath. To use all our strength, not only to work but also to stop working. Because it’s so difficult for us to stop working. May the Lord give us grace that when He wants us to break we can do it straight away. God wants us to make every effort to enter into rest and this is what we should do in the Feast of Tabernacle.
Isaiah 30:15 says “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” We worry too much, about our work, our family, our church, our health, our health… and today God tells us to let go, He is always there for us. Why are we not willing to let go? Because of unbelief. Hebrews 3:19 says, “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” We don’t let go because we don’t trust God. We are not at ease even though we always say to lift up this and that to God. May God’s mercy and grace come upon us and help us to make every effort to enter into rest. We don’t let go because we are worried. When we proclaim He is the Almighty God do we really believe in it?
Who can be more trustworthy than God? Why can’t we give our worries to God? There are so many SOPs and ‘to do lists’ in our lives, but we don’t trust that God can handle it all for us. God can save us, He can also save us from our unbelief. We all believe but our faith is so little and we all need God to help us to believe that He is our living God. Our Redeemer lives! He is not a historical God but He still lives today!
And whatever God promises He will fulfil them Himself! Solomon says in II Chronicle 6:4, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who has fulfilled with His hands what He spoke with His mouth…” God’s Temple will be rebuilt and He will fulfil every promise He makes!
Thirdly, whatever God wants to do, He will accomplish it, because nothing is impossible for Him! God says in Jeremiah 32:23, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” Israel being rebuilt is the biggest miracle in recent times. A nation that was destroyed more than 2,000 years ago was rebuilt and re-established today!
Let us learn to let go and let God because He will bring us to a higher rock, to the destiny of our lives, our family, our church, our nation… our Redeemer lives, nothing is too difficult for Him and whatever He promises He will fulfil it!
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon (Senior Pastor)
Proverbs 22:4 says, “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honour and life.” We spend all our time and energy to work. But today God wants us to humble and let go so God can do His part to bless us. Now is the Jewish New Year, we must forget the past, hear the truth, be blessed, and stop trying to win the world with all our time and energy. Give our time to God and to worship Him.
We are carrying a lot of burdens and worries in our finance, our family, our future… this morning God is with us and He tells us to let go. When we are willing, God will heal us, and take away our worries, anger, complaints, unforgiveness… May the Lord keep us, bless us, lift up His countenance on us, and give us peace. Amen.