July 26, 2020

Ordering Sacred Time

Numbers 28:1-10

“Make sure that you present to me at the appointed time my food offerings. . . .”

—  Numbers 28:2

Today is a special day. It’s a day of worship and rest. We call it the Lord’s Day (based on Revelation 1:10) to celebrate that Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week. This day is set apart from the other days of the week to gather with God’s people, to thank God for the new life and rest we have in Christ, to pray and give, and to hear God’s Word to us. This gives order to our week.

Numbers 28 shows that Israel was commanded to bring a series of offerings to God. There were daily offerings. There were weekly offerings to be given on the Sabbath. Then there were monthly and yearly offerings associated with festivals. Israel’s calendar was full. The people’s life was ordered by these worship activities so that fellowship with God would be at the center of their living. This didn’t mean God’s people could just quit ordinary life, but the ordinary was not to drown out worship.

Is worship a priority for you and your family? It can be challenging not to let the activities of life crowd out the worship of God. And it is hard to thrive spiritually when we neglect the sacred time God calls us to build into our lives. In general, our lives will get disordered when we neglect God’s design.

So worship with God’s people today! Sing, praise, and pray to the Lord. And celebrate your rest in Christ Jesus.

Lord Jesus, thank you for securing our rest on this day through your resurrection. May our worship today be joyful and bring glory to you. Amen.

About the author — Tom Groelsema

Tom Groelsema and his wife, Sheri, have served churches in Minnesota, Michigan, and North Carolina. They have four children and three granddaughters.

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