“The Sabbath – ‘There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the Lord.’” (Leviticus 23:3 – God Acts in Human Time)
One day each week is a significant day called Israel to remember God in His holiness. They were to fill the seventh day with significance through rest while they filled the other six with meaningful work. In so doing, they imitated God’s first acts in universal history.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Dear Abba, we are reminded in the scripture from Leviticus, that we should mirror our lives with God, working six days and resting on the seventh. We don’t hear must about this anymore, but I remember that on Sunday’s you could only purchase a few “emergency items” only and it was hard to find a gas station open and most other stores were closed, so people could attend worship. Most people on Sunday’s were out of their neighborhoods to go to church and then straight home. Abba, help us move back to this very important habit of spending more time with You, and help us to understand the Sabbath is not intended for anything other than retailer stores way to making money. Today we continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Doubt and do without; believe and receive.”
“In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the Lord had commanded him concerning them.” (Deuteronomy 1:3–God Acts in Human Time)
Israel’s salvation was dateable. God’s commands and saving acts gave meaning to time. God’s warnings had time conditions which He took seriously and fulfilled. The disobedient people had to pend forty years in the wilderness before hearing the command to conquer. This was a reference to their disobedience in the desert, where they spent 40 years wandering because of their lack of obedience to God. In fact, those that began the entry died in the desert, except Moses and Joshua.
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may sent the Christ, who has been appointed for you—-even Jesus. He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything,, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.” (Acts 3:19-21 – God Acts in Human Time)
History for God’s people should be refreshing, meaningful time. Such joy and meaning will be fully realized when Christ returns at the time the Father chooses to fulfill at His promises. Note, there is no hidden reference to name mentioned, that will suddenly proclaim that they have figured out when Christ is coming back. Only God knows and all else who may claim to know, have no actual proof at all.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with he assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep Watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—-whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.” (Mark 13:32-35– God Acts in Human Time)
Decisive moments stand out in history as times of crisis and opportunity. The end of chronological history as we know it is such a decisive moment. That moment in time will introduce the final evens of judgment and the eternal reign of Christ with His saints. No human has the power or means to determine the date of that decisive moment. God alone beloved, determines and knows the time of the end. Are you ready?