READ: Leviticus 23:1-8
And so begins God’s instructions regarding the festivities of Israel. The instructions begin with the keeping of the Sabbath and then move to the events of the Passover and the 7 days of Unleavened Bread. There is so much that can be studied regarding these feasts, but it couldn’t be contained to this short devotion; for now we must suffice with a quick thought.
These feasts were given as a form of remembrance. They were an opportunity for the people to remember who God was as evidenced by what He had done in their lives and in their history. In the case of the Sabbath it was a day set aside to remember that in six days God created the world and then rested; just so, the people were to particularly spend time remembering the Creator God on that seventh day. In the case of the Passover (14th of Abib/Nissan) and the Feast of Unleavened Bread (15th – 21st Abib/Nissan) the people recalled God’s divine providence and redemption of life in the events of the Exodus.
It is important to remember and to give time for reflection. Time to remember how God has worked in your life; time to reflect upon who God has revealed Himself to be throughout your own experience and also the experience of humanity. Communion is just such an example; the Lord’s Supper is the remnants of this passover feast that brought the participants minds back to God’s exodus redemption; in some ways Jesus reconstituted this feast as a particular remembrance to the redemption that He provided (Luke 22:19; I Cor 11:24-25) – lest we would at worst, forget what He had done, and at best, forget to take time to reflect.
It is important to establish opportunities to reflect in your own life. There are, or course, culturally established days, e.g. Christmas and Easter and Sundays, that provide such an opportunity; nevertheless, don’t let it stop there. Take time in your own walk with God to dwell and reflect upon who God is as evidenced by the times in your life when God has worked.