Reading #1 – Leviticus 23
Reading #2 – Psalms 93
Reading #3 – SSong 2
Reading #4 – Zechariah 5
Reading #5 – 1 Thessalonians 2
Leviticus 23 – Laws of Religious Festivals. These feasts were not suggestions, they were commands from the Lord through Moses. During these days, the people were to hold a holy convocation. No “laborious” work was to be done during these days so time was set aside to meet the needs of people. The times that were set for the festivals were not up for discussion. When these festivals were not held, the people forgot and became complacent as we’ll find out in the time of Josia.
Psalms 93 – Majesty of the Lord. By acknowledging that the Lord reigns, we admit that He exists and He is still in control. Although this world is shaking, the Lord is not (1). For the Lord to be the Beginning and Ending of Days” or, “Alpha and Omega” (2). Although the enemy causes problems for mankind, he is no match for the Lord we serve (3-4). Anyone who has come to him and relied on him has never been ashamed of coming into His kingdom (5).
Song of Solomon 2 – The Bride’s Admiration. Like I said yesterday, this woman was chosen out of the women in the kingdom. This woman knew she was special to the young king to be and considered herself to be the luckiest woman alive; the king placed great value on this woman (1-2). Both husband and wife placed great value on each other; this kind of marriage is stable and will endure whatever storms may come.
Zechariah 5 – The Flying Scroll. The nation was promised Canaan land for all generations but sin interfered with this plan. This flying scroll was a curse over the land just as promised on Mount Ebal (Deuteronomy 27:11-26). The words on both sides of the scroll were not revealed to the prophet so we have no idea what it says and that is probably because the Lord didn’t think that was important (1-4). The ephah of the grain basket and inside it was a woman who resembled “wickedness or G_dlessness” (7—8). The two women coming on the wings lifted up the basket containing wickedness. The two women carried the basket over the land of Shinar or Babylon (10-11). So if you put the images together, wickedness led up to the exile and the consequences of sin were death to the nation considered “G_d’s chosen”.
1 Thessalonians 2 – A Call to Prayer. Paul’s encouragement was for the people to pray and seek the Lord “while He may yet be found”; the prayer list was for kings, elected leaders so that they may lead a quiet life (1-2). For prayer to be effective, each individual had to search their soul and remove the bitterness that interferes with a relationship with the Lord (3-8). If the church would simply look at the nation Israel from its foundation, they would see how over time the people’s attitudes and cultural norms changed from one extreme to another. When we stop seeking the Lord, the land will be destroyed because we tell G_d “I really don’t care about the land”.