WEEK 52, Day 3, Wednesday, 28 December 2022

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Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Wednesday, 28 December 2022:

1 Chronicles 23:3 — And they were to stand every morning, thanking and praising the Lord, and likewise at evening.

God expects His people to worship every day, all day and night.

1 Chronicles 23:26 — And so the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the things for its service.

A changing situation doesn’t change God’s commands and standards but may require a change to how we fulfill those requirements and standards.  In Chronicles, David reorganized, retrained, and reequipped the Levites based on their shift in responsibilities from tabernacle to temple service.  He also changed the age requirements for service.  Perhaps there were some who resisted this change because, “That’s not how we have always done it.”  There is a difference between deviating from techniques, procedures, and traditions, and deviating from doctrine, principles, and truth.  We must never deviate from what God commands, but we will have to change the methods we use to fulfill His commands based on changing circumstances and environments.  For example, long ago we illuminated churches with candles, now we light churches with electric lights.  Many churches which once played acoustic instruments now play electric instruments.  The shift to electronically supported worship is not a sin.  However, if technology or modern methods become a distraction, one could drift into sin.  Times and technologies change; God’s word doesn’t.  

1 Chronicles 23:30 — And they were to stand every morning, thanking and praising the Lord, and likewise at evening.

Worship is a daily endeavor, and we should begin and end each day thanking and praising the Lord.

Revelation 20:11-15 — Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it….  And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened.  Then another book was opened, which is the book of life.  And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.  And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done.  Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.  This is the second death, the lake of fire.  And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Christmas is a day to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of so many prophecies of the Old Testament such as Zechariah’s prophecy referenced above and written around 520 B.C.  It is also a day to proclaim our hope (complete confidence), as “prisoners of hope” in our salvation and in Christ’s eventual return when He will make all things new and reign over a new heaven and earth. 

Today and every day, rejoice in the salvation you have in Christ alone, and give thanks that on Judgment Day, there is another book, the Book of Life, which trumps the book of rights and wrongs (upon which no one can stand). 

  – Romans 6:23 — For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  – Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

  – Romans 3:21 — But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it….

  – Romans 3:28 — For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

  – Romans 1:16-17 — For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

  – Romans 8:1-4 — There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.  For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do.  By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

  – Romans 5:1 — Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. “Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 28 December 2022:  Today and every day, as you rejoice in the Lord, proclaim the Gospel to as many as you can.  

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