Making a Nation Out of a Mob, Part 9 (The Covenant & the Cross #80)


Today’s passage of Scripture is Leviticus 23:1-6: “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings. These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord’s passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.”

Today’s Covenant & the Cross quote about the Bible is from Billy Graham. He said: “I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.”

Our topic for today is titled “Making a Nation Out of a Mob (Part 9)” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.

TIME TO CELEBRATE

Our tendency, as we study this material, is to be overwhelmed by all of the negatives. However, there are some exciting positives. One of the most exciting is the holidays. God set forth seven national holidays, then directed the nation to gather for three of them. These three mandatory festivals were to be times when the people stopped their work and gathered together for sacrifice that involved a communal meal. Thus, it was a time of national celebration. There were other festivals throughout the year as well as a mandatory day of rest each week—the Sabbath. Each was to remind the original audience of specific things God had done for them. By extension, then, they were to remind future generations of the acts God had done in the past.

— The Sabbath

The Sabbath, or seventh day, was to be a day of rest, which within this context meant that work did not go on as usual. Some necessary activity was allowed. But the Sabbath was to be a day when everyone in the nation got a break. After the Exile, the religious leaders began trying to quantify what should be regarded as work, but that issue will concern us later. The purpose of the Sabbath was to remind the people that God was their Creator (a direct reference to the creation account in Genesis) and that they were but human.

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