I was struck in our lesson today about how God connects with us not only on every level but through all of our senses. The sight of the cloud by day and fire by night. The smell of the burnt offerings and incense. The feel of hands upon the scape goat. The sound of the trumpet. The taste of the unleaven bread and roasted lamb of passover.
It reminded me of a Sunday school lesson on Daniel in the Lion’s den from Daniel 6. After the angel closes the mouths of the lions and Daniel survives his night locked in their den, King Darius issues a decree recorded in Daniel 6:26, “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.””
Our God is alive. He is not some talisman or good luck charm. He is not a rock we rub for good luck or a piece of wood we wave about. He is not your lucky pair of gym shorts (although those may be alive in a different, gross way). God is living. He hears, He smells, He gives, He looks, He wept, He is jealous, He created, He has a mighty hand, He breathes, He speaks and He loves. (some related verses from the bible)
God’s wants to connect with us in every way, not only in every sense (literally), but even ultra-sensory. He wants to dwell within us, to wash us clean of our sin and to tend to and grow the garden of our heart. He wants to continue doing this. With special days of celebration. With sabbath days and years of peace and rest. But also in every moment. Accepting God isn’t an event that is done and complete. It is more like a wedding or even more so, a birth. It is the start of a whole new life in every way, shape and form.
What dead charms do you put trust in instead of God? How are you approaching the living God? Are you doing it with a repentant and humble heart or with pride in the good works you’ve accomplished? Do you seek a real relationship with Him?
1 year (it was the beginning of the second year, passover occurs on the 14th day of the new year, or at least it did at that time until the Jewish new year was changed after the time of Jesus when the temple was destroyed).
It was a commandment of God. It was a commemoration of a critical event. It only happened once a year. It was defining.
Sometimes get distracted but ask God to continue to show that He is present in the worship
the cloud covered it when the tabernacle was set up and looked like fire at night, whenever it lifted they set out til stopped
2 trumpets, all called to order, 1 only heads of clans, when blast east tribes set out, when 2nd blast south side, sons of A blow
with sight and sound, by what I see and hear