The number seven or seventh occurs 584 times in the Bible; it must be a very important number! Yes it is! For example, on the seventh day God rested from the work of creation (Genesis 2:2). All through the Bible, the number seven means completion.
Seven lights shine within the Holy Place make for fullness. As you read the Word of God each day, an inner light of God’s Spirit shines within you. Your soul is aglow with light!
The cleansing of the Levites reminds us that those who lead worship need to be pure. Although the Hebrew Scriptures limit special purity to a single class of people, the Levitical priests, the New Testament extends the purity of Jesus to his whole Risen Body. That’s you and me! When you give your life to Jesus, you become a pure, joyous priest. Everything you do can become an expression of worship, bearing witness to the world of the holiness of God.
The second celebration of the Passover is announced. The root of the word in Hebrew for the “appointed” time, mo’ed, is the same as the word in Genesis1:14 for the seasons. God has outlined cycles of time by days and nights, seasons and years, giving rhythm and joy to the passage of time. Respond to these shifts and changes as one candle shares its light with another.
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I especially recommend the free resource in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.
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