The Celebration

What kind of celebrations did they have in the Bible? The commercialism that we see in our nation during every Christmas season is part of the world’s system, and it has nothing to do with the birth of Christ and the purposes of God for redemption. However, gathering of the family is part of God’s system and even the giving of gifts is part of His system; the Magi traveled a great distance to see the baby that the star signified and when they came, they gave gifts to Mary and Joseph. Blessing people is part of God’s system. People gathered in New Testament times; they feasted, gave gifts, blessed others, and they rejoiced. Jesus was God’s gift to us and so is salvation. God is a Giver all year round and so should we be. Let’s take a look at a family gathering in the land of Uz. This gathering happened at the time of Job’s restoration.

Job 42:11… “Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold” (KJV).

The first thing we see about this gathering is that it is a family gathering of Job’s relatives and friends who had known him before. Many people travelled great distances because no one wanted to miss Job’s restoration.

The second thing that we see in this verse is that it was a time of feasting. They gathered and ate bread. The words “ate bread” suggest a tremendous feast. Job may have killed a fatted calf or a wild boar. If you remember the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15), the father had killed a fatted calf for the return of the prodigal.

The third thing that we see in this verse is fellowship. The people showed Job sympathy and comfort. They knew of the evil that was brought upon Job. Evil was brought upon Jesus too. Job may have interrupted them and told them that it wasn’t God who brought evil into his life: the devil had done it. Job may have told them that in all his trial he never charged God foolishly (Job 1:20-22). Not only that, Job saw Jesus Christ prophetically. Job 19:25… “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon this earth” (KJV). The Spirit of the Redeemer gave Job peace. He may have told the gathering that he could not have delivered himself, that God handled it, through Christ. Job surely found a new joy in God.

The fourth thing is this verse reminds us to give gifts. There was an exchange of gifts, money, and jewelry. Money at that time was often made of silver and earrings were often made of gold. In the Bible, these metals were symbolic of redemption. Gold symbolized deity and silver symbolized redemption; thus, God was redeeming man. Prophetically, Job saw the purpose of Christ’s coming. Job may have discovered the message of the cross thousands of years before the birth of Christ. Job had knowledge that the coming Redeemer would save his people from their sins. Jesus Christ was God’s greatest gift to mankind. When we arrive in eternity, then and only then we will understand the wonders of the mysteries of God.

Pastor George Belobaba

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