“Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?”
The CURSE OF THANKSGIVING Is God’s Judgment for Neglecting Proper Thankfulness.
- The abundance of all things can turn into the want of all things (Deuteronomy 28:47-48).
- Joyfulness and gladness of heart should characterize a people blessed as we are.
- Destruction and the want of all things will be God’s judgment for no thankfulness.
- Sodomy and other wicked perversions are God’s righteous recompense (Rom 1:18-27).
- The natural creation provides plenty of visible evidence to prove God’s existence.
- But men neither glorify Him nor are thankful when they know of certainty He is.
- So God turns them over to reprobate minds to engage in perversity like sodomy.
- The perilous times of the last days would be marked by no thankfulness (II Tim 3:1-2).
- While our nation will celebrate Thanksgiving this week, yet we are very unthankful.
- The Pilgrims had the original to thank God for their preservation and blessing.
- But now it is merely Turkey Day, football games, thick newspapers, heavy retail advertising, preparation for shopping the next day, and Baalmass preparations.
- America should prepare to meet God as the prophet Amos warned Israel (Amos 4:12).
The DUTY OF THANKSGIVING Is the Importance God Places on this Aspect of Worship.
- It is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us to be thankful for everything (I Thess 5:18).
- We must enter into the worship of God with hearts glad in thanksgiving (Psalm 100:1-5).
- As we expect our beneficiaries to thank us, God deserves the same (Ps 26:6-7; 95:2).
- Since it is a good thing to give thanks (Psalm 92:1), is it not our duty to give it?
- Paul exhorted the churches of the N.T. to thanks (Col 2:6-7; 3:15-17; 4:2; I Thess 5:18).
- Rather than foolish talking and jesting like pagans, we ought to give thanks (Eph 5:3-7).
- We are commanded to be filled with the Spirit and give thanks (Ephesians 5:18-20).
- Peace that passes understanding results from trusting God with thanksgiving (Phil 4:6).
The NATURE OF THANKSGIVING Is the Definition of the Essential Aspects of this Grace.
- Mere enjoyment of a thing is not thanksgiving: surely nine lepers enjoyed their cleansing; America enjoys her abundance and prosperity; but she does not thank the Giver for them.
- Thanksgiving recognizes blessing of gift and Giver and admits we don’t deserve either.
GLORY OF THANKSGIVING Is the Exalted Status of Simple Thanksgiving to God.
- Thanksgiving is a sacrifice to God of the fruit of our lips (Hebrews 13:15). And the altar of our truths should continually have a fire burning with sacrifices upon it.
- Consider the times thanksgiving is called a sacrifice (Psalm 107:22; 116:17; Jonah 2:9).
- We magnify God through thanksgiving more than with burnt sacrifices (Ps 69:30-32).
- The sacrifice of thanksgiving – the calves of our lips – brings God’s mercy (Hos 14:1-2).
- Heaven shall ring with the thanksgiving of men and beasts (Rev 4:9; 7:11-12; 11:16-17).
The EXAMPLES OF THANKSGIVING Are Those Men Who Were Known for Thankfulness.
- Jacob thanked God for His many favors and truth and His deliverance (Ge 32:10; 35:1-3).
- Israel annually kept the Passover to remember and be thankful (Ex 12:14,42; 13:1-16).
- Moses and Miriam led Israel in a glorious thanksgiving song at the Red Sea (Ex 15:1-21).
- Israel had laws for sacrifices and offerings of thanksgiving (Leviticus 7:11-15; 22:29).
- Levites were appointed for giving thanks (I Chron 16:4,7; 23:30; II Chron 5:11-14; 31:2).
- David was greatly known for his glorious giving of thanks to God (I Chron 29:10-16).
- David described thanking God before much people in the great congregation (Ps 35:18).
- David spoke of giving God thanks at midnight for his righteous judgments (Ps 119:62).
- Daniel gave thanks on at least two different occasions in Babylon (Daniel 2:19-23; 6:10).
- Even at the Last Supper, as Jesus instituted communion, He gave thanks (Matt 26:27).
- Simeon and Anna gave glorious thanks to God for the gift of Jesus (Luke 2:25-35,36-38).
- Paul thanked God for something as simple as brethren to encourage him (Acts 28:15).
The BLESSINGS OF THANKSGIVING Are Those Benefits God Promises Thankful People.
- If we offer thanksgiving to God, He will hear us and save us, when we call (Ps 50:14-15).
- Praise includes thanksgiving, and God reveals His salvation to the thankful (Ps 50:23).
- God keeps a book of remembrance to identify those who speak of Him (Mal 3:16-18).
The OBJECTS OF THANKSGIVING Are Those Things for Which Wise Men Will Thank God.
- The Psalmist called for thanksgiving for God’s holiness (Psalm 30:4; 97:12).
- The goodness and mercy of God are obvious objects (Psalm 106:1; 107:1; 136:1-3,26).
- David was thankful for God’s righteous judgments – the Word of God (Psalm 119:62).
- Paul spoke of an unspeakable gift, which is Jesus Christ (II Cor 9:15; Luke 2:25-35).
- Paul thanked God through Christ for deliverance from the body of sin (Romans 7:25).
- Paul thanked God for grace in various churches (Romans 6:17; I Cor 1:4; Eph 1:15-16; Col 1:12-13; I Thess 2:13; II Thess 1:3; 2:13), and so should we (II Cor 4:15).
- Paul thanked God for his ministry, and so should all ministers and people (I Tim 1:12).
- Our hope of the resurrection and eternal life should cause thanksgiving (I Cor 15:57).
- Jesus thanked God for revealing wisdom to babes (Matt 11:25). We should surely do so.
- We must be thankful for God converting us to the truth (II Thess 2:11-14; I Thess 2:13).
- Even ability and willingness to give to the Lord deserves thanksgiving (I Chron 29:6-14).
- Every thing and all things are sufficient for thanksgiving (Ephesians 5:20; I Thess 5:18).
The PRACTICE OF THANKSGIVING Are Those Means of Increasing Our Giving of It to God.
- Give thanks before eating (John 6:23; Acts 27:35; Rom 14:6; I Cor 11:24; I Tim 4:3-5).
- We should never pray without giving thanks as part of our prayer (Phil 4:6; Col 4:2).
- An annual ordinance such as our Thanksgiving Day is certainly righteous (Ex 13:1-16).
- The churches of Christ were known for public thanksgiving and “Amen” (I Co 14:16-17).
- We must take certain care that we emphasize giving thanks and blessing to God.
- Opportunities for public thanksgiving are not for relating ordinary experiences.
- We must take the time to observe and consider the Providence of God (Psalm 107:43).
- God required of Israel a practice we should observe from time to time (Deut 14:23-26).