Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Take Time to Get Away: Learning from Leviticus

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

I hope it is your practice to read the Bible daily, and to read it in such quantities that you finish it each year. Here are a couple of measures:

Read 3 chapters each day, Monday - Saturday, and 5 chapters on Sunday
If you are the average reader, read 15 minutes each day.

If you only did one of these two things, you will read your Bible through every year. And if you are like most readers, you rush as fast as you can through Leviticus. I’ll admit, Leviticus is a little tough to work through, but it still has valuable insights for Christians today. Take chapter 23, for example. Israel was instructed to reserve certain dates each year for times of national, public worship — “Feasts,” they are called. They ranged in length and could last for several days. These feasts had a purpose: to provide rest, to remember the poor, to remember God’s provision and deliverance, and to express thankfulness for God’s blessings. 

Christians, for the most part, don’t celebrate these particular feasts, but they are instructive. The feasts were a time to break away from their daily routines and focus on the Lord. They offered ample time for praise and worship. They were a great time to get right with God. They provided a time for families to enjoy food and fellowship.

Not only that, but God was right there in the celebrations. He was “taking a break” to be with them too! Think of it, He wanted to be with them. He wants to be with us too. So, here’s an idea, put a few dates on your calendar, other than Sunday morning, to get away and enjoy your heavenly Father, and fellowship with other believers. Schedule times of retreat, relaxation, and fellowship. It’s good to be pried away from our busy lives to reconnect with God and other believers.

The LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the LORD, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.Leviticus 23.1

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