Saturday, February 25, 2012

New Moon Festival

 3Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
 4For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
 5This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not. 

New Moon Festival

To what is the writer of Psalm 81 referring when he said, "Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day"? When you picture in your mind the number of Israelites, you begin to realize the practicality of using trumpets for communication. When the trumpets sounded the alarm, the men immediately prepared for battle. When the trumpets sounded without the alarm, the people knew they were being called to come before God.

God proclaimed that, as a memorial to Him, the nation of Israel was to come to him at the new moon (the beginning of the new month) for a day of feasting and gladness before the Lord.
 10Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God. (Numbers 10:10, King James Version)
Even though God literally walked with the children of Israel through the wilderness, and they as a nation has witnessed miracle after miracle, God understood their propensity to forget. 

Do we have the same propensity toward forgetfulness? Yes! In our day, churches not only meet at least once a week to praise and worship God, but they also observe communion, where Christians are called to remember what Christ has done to provide salvation to them.

Sadly, this world has such an enormous pull upon us that, except for the grace of God and His power given to us, all of us would completely immerse ourselves in the things of this world and shun the things of God. Indeed, as a Christian, our greatest grief is often this struggle which wrestles continually within our very hearts and souls.

Therefore, though we do not observe the New Moon Festival in our day, it is important that we do not neglect the worship of the Lord with fellow believers on the sabbath. In addition, it would be good for us to examine how we spend that day. Do we selfishly allot an hour or two to the Lord for worship and then treat that day as our own, or do we set aside the entire day as a day to worship the Lord our God both publicly and privately?

What an amazing God we serve; He really requires so little of us. By His grace may we return to Christ, our First Love.

God Bless You,

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