A 1902 bulb horn from a French antique car
Photo by Thesupermat
A man was driving carefully on a cloudy day which already had several large raindrops hitting his windshield. It wasn’t just the weather that made him nervous, however, as he was being tailgated on the busy, potentially slick road.
Suddenly, the light turned yellow. Rather than risk running the light, he did what he was supposed to do and stopped, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection.
She heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car and then arrested her. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.
After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.
He said, ‘I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him.’ I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday-School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk; so naturally … I assumed you had stolen the car.’
Yes, an old joke, but I do get a kick out of it. However, I often wonder how someone must feel when caught speeding and then when the officer asks, “Where you going in such a hurry?”, and the answer is something like “The Feast of Tabernacles … It’s something like a church convention.” I have to imagine the officer making an odd face as they make out the ticket.
Of course, it’s not the only thing to be aware of. There is the issue of modesty at the Feast as well.
The real question is: Are we good examples to those in the world?
24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
We have to remember that God takes this seriously! Don’t forget that God did not allow David and Bathsheba’s first son to survive because what David did would cause the Gentile rulers to blaspheme!
Opening night in Pigeon Forge, the speaker spoke about redeeming the time. One passage in particular caught my attention:
5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
~ Col 4:5
Both passages that speak of “redeeming the time” talk about wisdom. However, this on in particular talks about “them that are without” and using wisdom in dealing with them. What better time for such advice than the Feast?
I say it to our shame that not everyone has always been wise when dealing with others or even when going to the Feast. I still get chills at people referring to it as the “Feast of Booze”. You can only imagine the spiritual condition of someone that is so cynical. While it is true that we are to enjoy the good things in this life during the Feast, there still is a line that can be crossed into sin!
Remember when Israel complained of no meat? God sent them quail beyond measure. Yet, He still struck some of them dead. When you read what happened, it become obvious that some were engaged in blatant gluttony. They were literally gorging themselves! They turned their blessing into sin.
And what of the nations that were watching? I cannot imagine but they were scratching their heads thinking, “These are God’s people?”
I sincerely hope that people are not saying that about us this year. Rather, I pray that Jesus can say of us:
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
~ Mt 5:14