We have learned from our Jewish ancestors to turn the solar year into a sacred one. Today’s chapter spells out the special holidays in the Jewish year, beginning with one celebrated every week, the Sabbath. As Christians we don’t celebrate these days in exactly the same way. For example, we have moved our weekly celebration to Sunday, since this was the day that Christ rose from the dead. The deepest meaning of Passover is found in the Resurrection of Jesus, for it was Jesus who had us pass over from death to life. A first harvest festival is described, fifty days after Passover. Our word “Pentecost” comes from the Greek word for fifty. We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on that day.
The parts of the year, the days of the week—even the hours of the day—all can be very special and sacred; there is always some time that reminds us of God’s love and care for us. God is always with us, just as time is always with us!
Saturdays are dedicated to the Torah Portions
read along with synagogues throughout the world.
This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick