Meditation

Meditation for 11/19/2019

“One a year Aaron shall make atonement on its horns. This annual atonement must be made with the blood of the atoning sin offering fore the generations to come. It is mot holy to the Lord.” (Exodus30:10)

God told Israel to set apart the sabbath as a special time of rest. God had set the example for such a special time during the days of creation. Subsequent to this passage the Ten Commandments stipulated the setting apart of a special day to worship. The sabbath was the most sacred day of he week for the Jew. It was cherished and hallowed by the worship of the Lord.

The national worship o Israel culminated in the annual Festival of Passover,, Festival of unleavened Bread and Festival of Weeks. The Day of Atonement rose to special prominence as a time of special repentance and confessional worship. Later, worship was offered daily in the Temple. In the New Testament the early church continued to hold a special day of worship. Shortly after the ascension of he Lord Jesus, the early church began to worship on the first day (the Lord’s Day) instead of the seventh (the Sabbath).

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, thank You for teaching us how, when, and with the right attitude to worship. Thank You for loving us, in spite of our many failures and shortcomings, and seeing us as we could be, and not what we are at this moment. We worship and love You, for the many blessings we have received and those we haven’t received yet. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

I would rather attempt something great for God and fail, than attempt to do nothing and succeed.

KNOWING GOD:

Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on he tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. (Leviticus25:9)

The early Christians continued to worship at the Temple or in the synagogue on the sabbath until persecution drove them away. It seems logical that they would move their special day to the day on which they celebrated their Lord’s resurrection, the first day. This pattern was well established within a few years;. Of course, they continued to worship the Lord daily. Diverse attitudes about holy days remained, but Paul clearly forbid Christians to judge one another on the basis of the day of manner of their worship as long as Christ was truly worshiped. The important thing is that they lived “to the Lord” every day.

I AM:

Worship, Calendar: (Acts20:17)

The resurrection changed the worship calendar for Jesus’ first followers. On that first day of the week, they came together together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.

Second Thought of the Day:

“One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be full convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to he Lord and gives hanks to God.” (Romans14:5-6)

Beloved, whether you worship on one day or another is not the point. The point is very simply, do you truly worship the Lord with belief in your body mind and soul, or not! In the church I serve, our services are liturgical. In other words, the words are written in our Book of Common Prayer. We say these words in every service. I was once asked why I continued to read the words from our book and I said, “because I want to say those words as if they are new each time and not just from memory.

So, what is worship to you? My definition is that we come before our Lord humbly, seeking forgiveness for our sins, and honestly and directly accepting our Lord’s grace and mercy in that forgiveness freely given to those who are earnest about not committing those sins again. It is at this point, that we offer praise and thanksgiving to our Lord, for all the benefits we have been given so graciously. I hope that however you worship, that these points are part of your service, as well.

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