Reading #1 – Numbers 33
Reading #2 – Psalms 92
Reading #3 – Ecclesiastes 1
Reading #4 – Matthew 28
Reading #5 – Revelations 15
Numbers 33 – The Stages of Israel’s Journey. G_d directed Moses to write down the stages of the journey, which is why we can read about it now. If Moses had not followed the Lord’s leading and failed to write down the events, the people would have forgotten all about it. In our own life, it is equally important to write down the stages of our journey so that when we grow anxious or afraid, the path that we took and the hand of the Lord upon our life will encourage us to always follow the right path. It is also for this reason that the kings of Israel/Judah were commanded to write down the law of the Lord G-_d and read it always. “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. 19 He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the LORD his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. 20 This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel (Deuteronomy 17:18-20). Moses’ final command to the people was, When you cross the Jordan River into the land of Canaan, 52 you must drive out all the people living there. You must destroy all their carved and molten images and demolish all their pagan shrines. 53 Take possession of the land and settle in it, because I have given it to you to occupy (51-53).
Psalms 92 – A Sabbath Song. The purpose of Sabbath or “Shabbat” is to rest from work and reflect on what G_d has done in your life. During this time, the people would sing praise to the G_d of Heaven and Earth (Jewish Virtual Library). It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, accompanied by a ten-stringed instrument, a harp, and the melody of a lyre (1-3). During this time, the family unit would gather together and sing in one accord. In honoring this time, not because of Govt mandates or foolish superstition, the baton would be passed from generation to generation as it has from the very beginning.
Ecclesiastes 1 – Everything is Meaningless. The Teacher proclaims the meaningless of life and living in the world while not being a part of it. The world has always had its ways and means. We tend to get caught up in the treadmill and feel the effects as it tears our lives apart. We have a choice, though, live like the world or set a different course. Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content (4-8).
Matthew 28 – The Resurrection. The story of the Resurrection, according to commentary interwove story and fact to come up with a composite picture. Despite what might not have happened, it is known that Jesus arose from the tomb and by his death paid the ultimate price for our sins. Once the price is paid, the sin no longer holds us back from service and/or living life to its fullest. Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age (18-20).”
Revelations 15 – The Song of Moses and the Lamb. Then one of the four living beings handed each of the seven angels a gold bowl filled with the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever. The Temple was filled with smoke from God’s glory and power. No one could enter the Temple until the seven angels had completed pouring out the seven plagues (7-8). In clearing the temple by the plagues, it was removing the detestable things that drove the Spirit of G_d out in the first place. Once the trash was removed and cleansed the Temple was prepared for the King of the Nations to once again ascend to the throne.