“One a year Aaron shall make atonement on its horns (Day of Atonement). This annual atonement must be made with the blood of the atoning sin offering for the generations to come. It is most holy to the Lord.” (Exodus 30:10)
Israelites had been instructed to worship every day, or at least regularly. There were a numbers of special worship days, but this day referenced here is the Day of Atonement, that Aaron himself was to lead the people in. I was a time of special prominence as a time of special repentance and confessional worship. Later, worship was offered daily in the Temple.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today we honor our ability to worship you. It is a day that we are to come together as the family of God for worship and not for work or play. We should individually pray to you each day, to thank you for our blessings and to bring our petitions before You, that are within Your will to receive and respond to. Today also pray those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“If you don’t know where you are going—-you’ll probably end up where you don’t want to be!”
“Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land.” (Leviticus 25:9)
Once again the Day of Atonement was a special day for God’s people to atone for their sins and Aaron was directed to lead this worship service. In truth, any time we recognize that we have committed a sin, we ought to kneel down and seek God’s forgiveness, with hearts of repentance and a desire not to commit the sin again. This we can do anytime and should do. In most churches, atoning for sin is a part of their worship service for corporate worship. In our fast paced days, it is easy to overlook a sin, but when we recognize it, we should immediately seek His forgiveness. In His mercy, He sees our hearts and minds and graciously forgives us.
“On the first day of the week we came together to break bred. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.” (Acts 20:7)
Because of this verse many Christians observe the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. If properly carried out, such weekly observance may be very appropriate. Though no other services mention doing this once a week, many churches remember Jesus’ words, “When you gather to break bread, do this in remembrance of me.” Therefore, those churches celebrate the Lord’s Supper at every service held. Jesus’ resurrection did affect the worship calendar, beginning with His first followers.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet.” (Revelation 1:10)
The Holy Spirit led John to write the letters which make up Revelations 2:1 – 3:22. He did so while John worshiped on the Lord’s Dy, the first day of the week celebrating Christ’s resurrection. The Spirit gave John the precise wording of the letters.