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The Same Day

November 25, 2014

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The Same Day

It’s probably better  to learn  from history  than dismiss it.     Instead of groaning,  “Boring!”  let’s take a peek  at some Old Testament history.

After Moses  led the children  of Israel out  of slavery  in Egypt  and they traveled  through the desert,  God had them  build a tabernacle  as a place  for worship.     The Israelites followed  all the laws  and directions  for worship  that Moses gave them.     Because the LORD  is holy,  the people paid special attention  to following Moses’ instructions  for proper worship.

A general observation  of their worship practices  might have concluded  that these people  did their best  to honor  the LORD,  who saved them  with many amazing miracles.     But,  God saw something else  and reminds them  of it  many years later  in Amos 5:25-27,

“Did you present Me  with sacrifices  and grain offerings  in the wilderness  for forty years,  O house  of Israel?     You also carried along Sikkuth  your king  and Kiyyun,  your images,  the star  of your gods  which you made  for yourselves.     Therefore,  I will make you go  into exile  beyond Damascus,”  says  the LORD.

We can’t hide anything  from God.     He knew  that the people,  who obediently  worshiped Him,  also worshiped  their favorite idols.     The Old Testament describes  how this went on  for hundreds  of years  after they settled  in the Promised Land.     Finally,  the Lord’s patience  had had enough.     God had this  to say  in Amos 5:21-24,

I hate,  I reject your festivals,  nor do I delight  in your solemn assemblies.     Even though you offer up  to Me  burnt offerings  and your grain offerings,  I will not accept them;  and I will not even look  at the peace offerings  of your fatlings.     Take away  from Me  the noise  of your songs;  I will not  even listen  to the sound  of your harps.

That condemnation  should make us realize  that God does not appreciate pretentious worship.     Over the years,  God had sent  many prophets  to warn  the Israelites  to turn away  from their idol worship,  but those prophets  were mocked,  beaten,  and killed.     The LORD  then punished the people  by letting them   be conquered  by enemies  and carried off  into exile.

Ezekiel  was one  of God’s prophets.     In Ezekiel 23:38-39,  God had Ezekiel give  these words  to the people:

Moreover  this  they have done  unto Me;  they have defiled  My sanctuary  in the same day,  and have profaned  My sabbaths.     For  when they had slain  their children  to their idols,  then they came  the same day  into My sanctuary  to profane it;  and lo,  thus have they done  in the midst  of Mine house.

These people  “honored”  the LORD  and their idols  on the same day  —  the very same day.

Because they profaned  God’s sanctuary  in such an awful way,  God declared  that they would be punished  with exile  and great suffering.

Somehow,  this profaning  of the sanctuary  sounds rather familiar  for our day.     Is there  by chance  any connection  with the traditions  of today?     When we  “celebrate”  Christ’s birth,  there’s a much greater emphasis  on Santa  and shopping.     Most  of the decorations available  have nothing  to do  with Christ’s coming.     The greater emphasis is  on a “Winter Holiday”  with Santa.

People get  so busy  with holiday activities,  there’s not much time  for worship.     They can’t wait  for church services  to be over  so they can go home  and open presents.     God knows  what is  in the heart.

Then  it’s time  to celebrate  our Lord’s resurrection  from the dead.     But  the Easter Bunny  is so cute.     All the decorations  for celebrating  revolve  around bunnies,  chicks,  and eggs.     Maybe  on the way  to church  that early morning,  some are humming  “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”.     There’s just not much time  for worship.     Everybody’s got  to get  dinner ready.

On Reformation Day,  Halloween  is celebrated  with gusto.     Many kids  have no idea  what the reformation  was about.     A news article claims  that Halloween  is a $7.4 billion dollar business now.     Business men  love it.     More than  two-thirds  of the people  celebrate it  in some way.     Who found time  to go  to worship?

Is their worship honest  in any  of these situations?     If that doesn’t matter  to the people,  it does matter  to our Lord  and Savior,  the only true God.

Since God  is the same yesterday,  today,  and forever,  this is something  to think about.     Grateful for God’s saving patience,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for patiently teaching us  in Your eternal word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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