But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:36-38)
Laborers for the Harvest
Romans 9:26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul tells us the kind of people God typically calls; he says that God calls the weak, the foolish, the base, the despised, etc. That pretty much sums up the kind of persons all of us were when God first began to call us out of this present evil world.
1 Corinthians 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
But Peter says that those who are called and are faithful and who are obediently fulfilling their calling and are walking in God’s light are called to be a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
How do we reconcile these two statements?
God says that He calls the weak and the base of this world, but by this verse and many others, God indicates that He does not expect us to stay that way!
We are to grow out of our own proclivities to being weak and behaving according to our carnal human nature and we are to begin to take on the divine nature of God. Even though God chooses the weak of the world to call, He is calling them to change, to enter a very rigorous process forming us into His very own sons and daughters.
It is God’s desire, after we are trained and qualified, to give these “sons of God” positions of kings and priests in His Kingdom on earth if they successfully fulfill their calling and have gained godly character traits.
Peter means in 1 Peter 2:9; that we are to walk worthy of our calling to be a royal member of God’s own family; and if we do, we will be a vital part of His holy nation which show forth the praises of God who calls us to be lights for Him (and to others), even now while we are still in this human flesh.
Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
When God first calls us we are very often the weak and base things of world, but then if we answer His call and submit to Him and His ways, God makes us into His very own children.
Those who are faithfully following Him are in the process of being made into Christ’s own image. He then empowers these called-out weak in worldliness, ordinary men and women through the GIFT of His Holy Spirit dwelling within them, to become His very sons and daughters.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
There are two Greek words that are translated “son,” in the New Testament: teknon (Strong’s # 5043) and huios (Strong’s # 5207).
The Greek word teknon indicates son-ship is by physical birth while the word huios usually refers to son-ship by adoption.
Paul, in his epistles uses the word huios emphasizing son-ship from the legal side, as referring to adoption, which was a common practice among the Romans in his day.
Galatians 4:5 To redeem they that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
It is true that all men are God’s offspring in the sense that we are all God’s created children descended from Adam, who is called the son of God.
Luke 3:38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.
Acts 17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
But God makes a clear distinction between those who are sons by virtue of creation, and those who become sons by faith in God the Father as the one true God, and have determined that they will follow Him (and His son, Jesus) and do whatever they tell us.
God calls those who walk according to the ways of Satan “sons of disobedience”, “children of wrath” and having Satan as their father.
Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Men and women become sons of God in the regenerative and adoptive sense by being called and then repenting of all past sins, and having the atoning blood of Christ’s sacrifice applied to all those past repented-of sins followed by a baptismal commitment to live by every Word of God from that day forward and to keep all of His commandments for evermore.
The Bible clearly defines a true son of God as one who has and is being led by His Spirit and who thirsts and hungers after His righteousness.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
2 Corinthians 5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
As sons of God we have been given a down payment, an earnest of His Spirit, and God expects that we make use of His precious gift of His Spirit in our lives, to grow and to develop to become very the image and to have the mind of God our Father. While God calls us His sons now, we will not know the full reality/completion of son-ship until we are raised up in the resurrection to spirit at the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Most of the world does not recognize that we are God’s sons yet and even persecutes us for the fact that we say we are; but at the resurrection to spirit we will become known to the whole world as such and the overcomers will be revealed at that time as the sons and daughters of the Most High God.
It has not yet appear what we shall be like in bodies of spirit, but we do know that the revelation of the “sons of God” is reserved for a future day of manifestation when we will truly be like Jesus in our new spiritual bodies and in reflecting His divine nature without the humanness that we display at this present time.
John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
It is just so exciting and mind boggling to think about, it is hard to wrap our minds around the fact that we can truly be changed to spirit and become the literal sons of the Great Creator God; if we are called and if we learn to live by every Word of God to internalize the very nature of God.
Here are just a sampling of the benefits of being a son of God even as a flesh and blood human being living in this present world.
*The sons of God are objects of God’s particular love.
John 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
He cares for us and promises to provide for us.
Luke 12:23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 12:25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 12:26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
12:27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 12:28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
12:29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 12:30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
As His children, we are called by the Father’s name.
Isaiah 43:7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
2 Chronicles 2:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
James 2:7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
The children of God receive instruction and discipline as sons to help us to walk in righteousness and to encourage us to repent when we are straying.
Hebrews 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 12:10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
God’s children can have confidence that our God is with us, working with us and will never leave nor forsake us as long as we do not forsake Him.
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
God protects His children and fights their battles for them.
2 Chronicles 20:15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
2 Kings 6:16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
Psalm 56:9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
God’s children have a glorious inheritance and future awaiting us after we get done with this life in the flesh.
Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
*God’s children have access to their Father and to His throne room and they have a High Priest (Jesus Christ) who is always available and willing to intercede on our behalf 24/7.
Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
As sons and daughters of God, we will have total job security and fulfilling positions as kings and priests under Christ when He brings His Kingdom.
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
The first chapter of Ephesians speaks of many spiritual riches that we have in Christ Jesus, we are given quite a list by Paul of wonderful blessings that are ours if we are one of God’s children.
Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
1:2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
1:8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
1:15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Among the evidences of being sons and daughters and that we are being led by the Spirit of God, are the following verses that show what God’s children are like, for “by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:16). They will be keeping their Father’s commandments and living by every Word of God, they will be walking in the Spirit and they will show forth the fruits of God’s Spirit and they will have [godly, agape] love toward one another.
1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
1 John 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
There are many, many more blessings that are bestowed upon those that are Christ’s and are called by God the Father.
Do we then behave as the elites in this present world and get puffed up with pride and a swelled head because we have been called now and we are considered to be His children, while the others who are in the world are not? Do we think of ourselves as better or perhaps special because of the fact that we are called now and have all this wonderful knowledge?
To a certain respect His children are special, but we are to remember what we have been called out of and that we gained nothing by our own efforts. Instead of exalting ourselves or the messenger we heard; we are to exalt the sender of the message who called us to HIS salvation!
Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. 3:17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
With every blessing, [such as our calling at this present time] there is a responsibility, and God has called a few now to help teach and to train the rest of humanity when it is their turn in the Millennium and also into the Great Main Fall Harvest of humanity.
Some day all that come to Christ will also be special in His sight just as God says of those who are His special jewels at this time. Because God has given us so much, we are to use what He has given us, to give to others; when we will have the opportunity to do so.
Luke 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Even though God is calling out and working with just a few now, He does love all of the men and women that He has created and God proved His love for humanity by giving His only begotten Son as His GIFT (even before mankind returns that love back to Him), so that eventually all will be called and have an opportunity to become members of His Family, to whit, to become the sons and daughters of God now in our time; or in the Great Main Fall Harvest when billions will be raised to physical life for the second time; but will then have their first [as called out ones] opportunity to learn to live according to all the ways of God.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
When Jesus called out His twelve disciples, worked with them, taught them, and then sent them out into the world to preach the Gospel to all nations, He was giving the world a gift through those men who wholeheartedly went out and did as Jesus had said.
Even though they were worldly weak and carnal men when they were first called, these men became the great apostles that did great things for God and most died as martyrs for God.
Jesus not only called the twelve for the purpose of sharing the gospel of salvation, but He called many others down through the ages to be His disciples: sons and daughters that He is working with up to the very end of this age.
If we fulfill our calling and come to love God the Father as Jesus loves God the Father, and to love humanity as God loves humanity, then, we too, will be God’s gift to the world for we will continue the work that God the Father started through Christ, then the twelve and His other disciples.
We, too, will help in the reaping of a great main harvest that the Feast of Tabernacles depicts; the time when billions upon billions will be raised up and will discover that their hope was not lost after all, and that they have a whole new chance at living; only this time it will be living according to the ways of Almighty God and not according to their former ways of obeying the wicked god of this present evil world.
As the children of God who understand the wonderful promises and the meanings of all of the Feast Days, we can REJOICE GREATLY knowing that the following passage in Ezekiel 37 is talking about all (not just the Israelites, but all people) that have ever lived on earth will be brought back to life again.
And we too can have great joy knowing that this promise pertains to so many of our own loved ones; friends and associates that we have come to know in this life. As they were dying they either thought that there was no more hope for them; had no idea or belief that there was anything beyond the grave except perhaps for some vague, ethereal perception of a heaven or even hell that awaited them. What a surprise God has for them in the next second of their consciousness!
Ezekiel 37:1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.
37:4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
37:5 Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
37:6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
37:8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
37:9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
37:10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
37:13 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.
God desires sons and daughters not robots, operating in His Kingdom and those He will call in the Main Fall Harvest; He grants men and women free moral agency.
He designed us with the capacity to sin and rebel, human beings are subject to the intense pulls of their fleshy appetites rather than being naturally subject to the ways of God. God allows us to be this way for a purpose and it is ultimately for a good purpose; for the experiences that men and women acquire from living in this corrupt world during the six thousand years of Satan’s rule will serve its purpose when God calls all of humanity in the future.
Paul writes about this principle in his letter to the Romans; this principle involves God’s “HOPE” for us, in spite of man’s natural proclivity to sin and the grim picture that we witness of the present evil world we live in currently.
And that is what the Feast of Tabernacles is about, it is about HOPE; there is so much HOPE in what God has planned for all of Humanity, no matter what age we were called-out and converted in, and once people have learned our lessons and we will then be able to make an informed decision as to whether we will embrace the ways of God or not.
Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
What we do with this precious calling is so very important now, even though we may think that we are unimportant and just nothing and that what we do does not really matter much.
It does matter and our example is being watched and scrutinized by those who will later have their eyes opened to the truth and they will remember the kind of example we set forth for them when we were the call-out ones and they were still walking in darkness. Everything matters, even the little things.
Romans 14:7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. 14:9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
Brethren, what we do and what we say, how we treat others, everything we do matters!
Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
As we embark on our journey to the Feast of Tabernacles and as we are keeping all of the Feast Days, let us be cognizant that others are watching and that we have the opportunity to shine as holy sons and daughters of God before the people that cross our paths, whether they are in the fellowship of believers we attend with, or whether they are those who are in the world, perhaps many of them that act as our servers working to make our Feast more pleasant.
Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth [the godly in the world]: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? [if we lose our godliness we become good for nothing but destruction] it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
5:14 Ye are the light [an example for the world] of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
As children of our loving Heavenly Father, let us be lights for Him no matter where we keep the Feast this year. These are the words of Paul to all those called to be sons and daughters of the Father:
Ephesians 4:4 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation [as sons and daughters training to be priests and kings] wherewith ye are called,
Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
And someday if we have been chosen to be part of the resurrection of the just, we may be standing right next to God and hear Him teach the rest of the people who never knew God in their former lifetimes (Revelation 20:5):
Hosea 1:9 Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God. 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.
James Malm and Constance Belanger
Note- Constance submitted the original rough draft of this article in 2015, which I then completed for posting.