Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February 1 (Gen. 33; Mark 4; Es.9-10; Rom.4)

The last two chapters of Esther tell us of the way the Jews celebrated their deliverance from the evil plot of Haman. One of the ways the celebrated their deliverance by God was by holding a festival called the festival of Purim. This festival is still practice by many orthodox Jews today. Read the chapters for more details.This is the point I want to make for today. Have we been delivered from a great threat? If so, and we certainly have (see yesterday’s meditation), how do we celebrate it? We have the holidays of Easter and Christmas but have these become so commercialized that the true significance is lost? Should we brainstorm new ways in which to celebrate our deliverance from death? I do not necessarily know the answer to these questions. I do, however, know this. Christ was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification (Romans 4:25). This is grounds for massive celebration. How will you celebrate today?

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