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Wednesday 3 June
 Burnt thank offerings

 

Read 2 Chronicles 7:1–11
When Solomon had ended his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt-offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the
Lord filled the temple. (verse 1)

King Solomon in the passage for today consecrated a place for burnt-offerings, offered burnt-offerings and sent the people away to their homes, joyful and in good spirits for the goodness that the Lord had shown to David, Solomon and the people of Israel. The fire from God was a symbol that Solomon’s offering was accepted.

Thanksgiving is a beautiful word that ignites a sense of gratitude for anything received. Thanksgiving is celebrated worldwide in different festivals. In India, Pongal and Shankranti are celebrated as thanksgiving festivals of the agrarian communities. They are often misunderstood to be Hindu festivals. Both these prominent festivals of South India signify God’s grace on the community through land, rains and harvest. Their purpose was to give thanks to God not only for creating but also for preserving and the continued sustenance of agriculture, as expressed by the communities dependent on agriculture. The festivals are still celebrated, but are slowly dying. Today we have forgotten how the rice gets to our plates every meal.

We do not know who was involved in its preparing and making. We have ended up thanking the multitude of companies that crowd out traditional farming, and have let down the agricultural communities. With the increase in new scientific research into pesticides and genetically modified crops, rural communities have suffered in India and agriculture has declined. If this continues, the future can only bring a human race that will depend on lab-made products. It is time to give thanks for what God made by investing in, propagating and developing communities that depend on agriculture. Only such an offering of the whole community will be acceptable to God.

† God of field and forest, thank you for your creation and all the goodness we receive. Lead us, that we thankfully remember communities dependent on agriculture. Amen