blical basis of, Part IV
Even the unrighteous can occasionally feel the need to thank God. Andrew Jackson had a devout mother and married a devout wife, but wasn’t himself religious. Nevertheless, he was deeply impressed when his army in New Orleans, 1/8/1815, suffered only 7 dead and 6 wounded when the British with Waterloo veterans attacked his entrenched, makeshift troops. He realized that God had protected his men. In return he asked the bishop of New Orleans to conduct a public service of Thanksgiving. Life of Jackson, 247, 252-253.
Thanksgiving in the Bible sense demands a recurring appreciation of and reference to God. For example, Noah built the Ark at God’s command and according to his strict instructions. Then, leaving the Ark Noah on his own volition built an altar to God. In the conviction that God deserved to be praised for delivering his family from the Flood that destroyed all else that breathed.
After narrowly escaping disaster in Egypt, Abram built an altar at Bethel and called on God. Because Abram knew only God’s mercy had saved him and Sarai from his bad decisions.
The point is: whether God whispers or shouts, when God speaks: LISTEN; HEAR; UNDERSTAND; ACCEPT; OBEY. All the above are the least of what we OWE God the Father and Christ the Son in gratitude and thanksgiving. –Fini-
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