“And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast unto the LORD.”
I remember as a boy going to the home of some dear friends, the Hernandez family. They put on a feast every time we went to their home. They had a long table in their dining room, and it was obvious from the table that they often had people over to have a feast with their family. Bro. and Mrs. Hernandez cooked together as they prepared for the guests, often two or three families, who were coming.
Moses told Pharaoh in the verse above, “…we must hold a feast unto the LORD.” A feast is a large meal put on to celebrate something special. It is interesting that in the midst of bondage that the Israelites were going to hold a feast. Most would think that there is nothing to celebrate while in bondage, but the Israelites found a cause worthy of celebrating. The LORD was the cause for which they were going to celebrate. Israel understood that no matter what they were going through in their lives that they could always find a reason to celebrate, and that reason is the LORD.
What is even more interesting is who the Israelites wanted at the feast. The verse above says, “…We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go…” In other words, Moses was saying this was going to be a family feast. Serving the LORD and celebrating what He had done for them was to be a family feast. Moses understood that children have a better chance of serving the LORD when they become adults if the family feasted on the goodness of God together.
You cannot expect your children to turn out right if you let them stay at home while you serve the LORD. Serving the LORD must be a feast that you enjoy together. I remember fondly serving the LORD with my dad. The joy we had and the fellowship we still talk about to this day all comes from having a feast of serving the LORD together. Many parents have made the mistake of embracing the worldly mantra that you mustn’t force your children to serve the LORD. Of course the Devil wants you to leave your children at home because he knows that if they don’t serve the LORD as children that they probably won’t serve the LORD as adults. If you want to have a continual feast of serving the LORD as a family into your senior years, you would be wise to have a feast of serving the LORD when your children are young.
Moreover, you cannot have a family feast of serving the LORD when you complain about serving the LORD. Serving the LORD as a family ought to be a joyful activity. My advice to you is to make serving the LORD a joyous and exciting experience and never complain about serving the LORD. You have a better chance of your children keeping fond memories of serving the LORD if you make it a feast and don’t complain about it.
Finally, never let your circumstances in life stop you from making a family feast of serving the LORD. The greatest testimony you can give to your children is to serve the LORD joyfully in the midst of heartache and troubles. Children will more likely believe that serving the LORD is a worthy thing to do when they see their parents continue to make a feast of serving God even in the midst of trials.