Joy and Gladness, a Feast and a Holiday: Family Gatherings
Festive occasions are a time for us to bind New Testament love with the generous hospitality established in the Old Testament. The sons of Job took turns entertaining their entire family, which, in addition to the seven brothers, included three sisters [1:4-5]. Nehemiah proclaimed that, “At my table were one hundred and fifty” [5:17]. And remember Gaius Titius Justus, who hosted not only Paul but the whole church as well [Romans 16:23]!
Those who possess the spirit of God through faith are granted “spiritual fruit,” the first being love, the second joy. This is particularly evident on those days throughout the Christian year that are characterized by great feasting. Maintaining our joy in the midst of extensive preparations can be a challenge for anyone.
Great family gatherings are truly “investments,” which is actually a military term meaning “full siege.” No one knew this...