April 15, Reading 1 – Leviticus 23:1-22

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SAA Notes

This first-fruits offering leads us directly to the Lord’s prayer: Give us this day our daily bread! In all the three great festivals and in this family offering, the ancient believer owned himself and his family as “the recipients of His bounty, the dependents of His blessing and the stewards of His property”.

SJA Notes

Ordinary work is important.

The model we read here is that six out of seven days in a week can be focussed on ordinary work.

But let us flip that around. Focus instead on the one day out of seven as a standard, the foundation.

One day out of seven is to be set apart (all the emphasis on being set apart, on holiness) – To be outside of ordinary work, to be of solemn rest.

It is good to be reminded that we should wrestle with whether we do or allow the conduction of ordinary work seven days a week. For some people might not be an issue, but for others it definitely is.

Six days out of seven can be for ordinary work.

One day out of seven is to be set apart, a Sabbath to the LORD.

This is the model we read here, and we see it from the beginning (think of the days of creation).

* God Above,

The idea of one day a week to be set apart can be hard for us to deal with Lord, to understand how it works out in our lives today.

Please help us to know what this means for us.

Please help us understand what You want us to know from this passage today.

Amen.

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