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Leviticus 22 [Read]
Leviticus 23 [Read]
Mark 1:1-22 [Read]
I rely on my calendar. It regulates my life and helps me remember important things. Without calendar, I wouldn’t know what day of the week it is. Without calendar, I would miss all kinds of meetings and appointments, or even Sunday worship. Without my calendar, I am lost.
Leviticus 23 specifies the Israeli calendar after they came out of Egypt, and it regulated their life and helped them remember important things. Sabbath was critical for God’s people, because it provided the needed rest for them after a week of hard work of raising cattle and sheep in the wilderness. After the Israelites moved into the Promised Land, the added work of agriculture made their life even tougher. Therefore, a weekly rest was very much needed. Most importantly, the essence of observing the Sabbath was to remember the Creation of God (Ex 20:11).
After they moved into Canaan, the days of appointed feasts for the Lord served as another regulator and reminder for the Israelites. Feast of Passover and Unleavened bread marked the beginning of harvest of grain in spring (Lv. 23:10). It was also the time for them to remember their great exodus from Egypt by God’s almighty hands. Pentecost marked the completion of the spring harvest, and this was the time they remembered the provision of God. It was also the time to remember the poor among them by not harvesting the corner of their field (Lv. 23:22). The feast of tabernacle marked the end of the fruit harvest, and that’s the time they remembered the wilderness days when God was with them in the tabernacle (Lv. 23:43).
People are forgetful. When everything is smooth and comfortable, we tend to forget the grace we receive during our days in need (Deut 8). And that’s usually the time we go astray from God. The story about the ten lepers who were cured by Jesus (Luke 11:11-19) was as real then as it is today. That’s why we need a spiritual calendar written on our heart. On that calendar, we need to write down all the grace we received and all the wonderful testimonies we gave before others. Those things help us remember our days in need, our tears of prayer, and our joy of thanksgiving when God carried us through the dark valleys. We definitely need our calendars, lest we get lost.
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