(Leviticus 23, Psalm 30; Optional Romans 9:14-29, Proverbs 19:24-26)
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Lots of sad things happening in the lives of those we love right now. Please pray as we grieve with them and yet grieve in a different way from the world (see Psalm 30 in today’s readings).
LEVITICUS 23 – Keeping the weekly Sabbath and the yearly festivals to Yahweh would both separate them from the surrounding nations and keep reminding them that God is central to life. Christians today have a regular reminder built in to our participating in the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor 11:23-32) and celebrating baptism (Matt 28:19, Rom 6:1-4). All these special days in Leviticus were preparing for and pointing to Christ and have been fulfilled now that Jesus has come (very clear in Col 2:16-17), though some will still feel led to set aside certain days in special ways to honor God. They should do that, while leaving room for other believers to celebrate their sufficiency in Christ every day (see Rom 14).
PSALM 30 – A celebration of God’s rescue of those that belong to Him. If you’re in the middle of a season of sorrow, remember that FULL deliverance and ETERNAL JOY are the END of the story for every believer (compare Rom 8:18, 2 Cor 4:16-18).
Ps 30:4-6 – This is why a believer can praise God even in the midst of our tears. The weeping is temporary, but the joy is eternal!
Ps 30:11-12 – A beautiful description of how God will (in His time) turn “my mourning into dancing”! And verse 12 says WHY God rescues His people – “that my glory may sing Your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You FOREVER!”
Optional Rom 9:14-29 – If you’re seeing the very strong emphasis on the absolute sovereign rule of God over all things, questions like Rom 9:14 and 9:19 will likely pop up. God does NOT have Paul answer by stressing human’s freedom of choice to balance, but emphasizes even clearer that it’s RIGHT for the Center of the Universe to decide all things in a plan that brings all the glory to Him. He’s the Potter (v 20-24) and we’re the clay. Rather than be offended that He wouldn’t choose ALL, we ought to be amazed at His sovereign grace that He DOES choose a remnant to be saved (v 22-29). If we got what we DESERVED, we’d ALL be under His eternal judgment.
Optional Proverbs 19:24-26 – Next to v 25 I’ve written: “What does it take to get my attention and correct me??”