Text: Leviticus 22-24; Proverbs 17:1-14.
Chapter 23 of Leviticus provides a summary of all the appointed feasts for Israel, and include the Passover, Pentecost and the Day of Atonement. In our calendar we observe two biggies – Christmas and Easter. We take them very seriously, as was also required of the Israelites for their regular feasts. We cannot imagine skipping Christmas, or deciding we had more important things that day. That said, it really grabbed my attention that the first of what the Lord calls, “my appointed feasts” is this one:
“Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places.”
The Lord regularly prompts me about a day of rest, and I am often asking myself, “Why do we no longer take Sunday – setting apart the whole day that is – as seriously as in prior generations?” In these instructions to the Israelites, the weekly “feast” was first on the list that included the annual biggies. Do we get this principal as it regards our weekly day of rest and worship?
in Him, Mike