A Divinely Ordered Calendar
Day: 27 | Plan: Numbers
Today's Reading: Numbers 28
Numbers 28:1-2 (NIV) “The LORD said to Moses, ‘Give this command to the Israelites and say to them: “Make sure that you present to me at the appointed time my food offerings, as an aroma pleasing to me.”’”
Does your calendar govern your life? Mine sure does.
As we open Numbers 28, we see God instructing Moses to teach the next generation the “religious calendar” so they would be sure to keep their relationship with Him a priority and order the affairs of their life correctly, according to God’s divinely appointed timetable.
It’s as if Moses is saying, “Okay people, get out your calendars and let’s confirm these important dates God has given us. Write them down. Remember them. Observe them. Always be mindful of them and don’t neglect or miss them.”
The first important date on God’s calendar is the daily offerings. Day by day … every morning and every evening … Israel was commanded to bring a lamb as a “regular offering” to the Lord. (Numbers 28:3-8) This was designed to be the divine rhythm of each day.
Still today, establishing a consistent routine of beginning and ending each day focused on the Lord honors Him. The “regular offering” or the daily offering is mentioned 17 times in Numbers 28-29. It is a repeated reminder that spending time with the Lord every single day is extremely crucial. Spending daily time in His presence is an expression of devotion to the Lord and dependence on Him. It also sets the framework for everything else in our lives. This habit of spending daily time with the Lord should still be a priority for His people. (Psalm 5:3; Psalm 63:6)
In addition to the daily offering, every Sabbath, a weekly offering was to be presented before the Lord. (Numbers 28:9-10) The Sabbath should be a day set apart from our daily schedule. A day devoted to rest, reflection, renewal, and time set apart to be in His presence.
As the body of Christ, we need each other. Gathering together to participate in corporate worship on a weekly basis should be a priority for believers. God designed our assembling together to strengthen and encourage the body of Christ. It is something that we shouldn’t neglect. (Hebrews 10:25) It is important to teach our children to make the Sabbath a priority and to participate in corporate worship.
God also instituted monthly offerings to be brought at the beginning of each month and yearly feasts that were part of His divine calendar. (Numbers 28:11-15; Numbers 28:16-29:40) It is still good to set aside special days and times to remind us of all God has done for us. Like celebrating the Lord’s Supper and setting aside special times of worship for Easter and Christmas.
Daily, weekly, monthly, and annual times of worship and remembrance are crucial in the life of God’s people. There is also a beautiful progression in this chapter. Do you see it? When we start spending time with God on a regular basis, morning and evening … day after day … then our weekly and special times of worship will become so much more meaningful in our lives.
Prayer: Father, You are worthy of our worship and worthy of our time. I pray that the way I spend my hours and my days will reflect the importance of my relationship with You. Help me make wise choices as I set priorities and fill in my calendar. May my time with You establish the framework for each day and all that I do. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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