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We’ve learned about the Jewish year, and Hebrew calendar with all of it’s intricacies, precision and wonder. God is a stickler on timing, events, and their meaning. His calendar is marked in the stars, kept by the moon, observed by the sun, and ordered in the rotation of the earth. All of his important dates are written in advance, his feasts, celebrations, Sabbaths and epoch changing events.
“And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:” (Dan 2:21)
“Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” (Mat. 2:2)
"The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, `For we also are His children. (Acts 17:24-28)
He calls us to remember His past appointments. He knew the Hebrews would be in bondage for 400 years in Egypt, and the precise day His deliverer Moses would stand before Pharaoh, demanding that he let God’s people go. He let Daniel peek at His appointment book to see the great world empires that would arrive, each in it’s own season to rule the earth and govern it’s people. (Dan. 2) He appointed 70 weeks of years upon the Jewish nation divided into precise sequences, that foretold the rebuilding of Jerusalem, the death of Messiah, and the coming of anti-christ. He planned for the “fullness of times”, (Gal. 4:4) when His Son would manifest to the world, while the Jewish religious leaders were ripe with hardness of heart, during the height of the Roman Empire, with it’s technology, justice, roadways, culture and language.
What I find comforting, is that the Lord, has a calendar, not just for Israel and the nations, but for each of us. He knows your comings and goings, your rising up, and sitting down. He has special surprises planned for you, even still. Even after disappointments, devastations, and life changing seasons. Have you failed yourself? God will not fail you. Have you been lost in unbearable anguish? God grieves with you. Perhaps you’ve been hardened in religion, burned out and left empty, searching for that early passion which seems so unreachable now. God has a new beginning on His calendar for you.
God knew there would be a woman waiting at the well at midday in Samaria, who needed relief from the shame that she felt for so many years. He knew there would be a tax collector named Zaccheus who would respond to the offer of fellowship and grace from the "Son of man." He knew a man named Simon would deny Him three times in His greatest hour of need, but called Him anyway, because loving grace would transform him into Peter the rock. He came to seek and save that which was lost. And aren’t we all lost? Especially those of us with spiritual pride, who claim, “we see”. (John 9:41)
God has a calendar for the Jewish year, the nations, and for you. Are there any unfulfilled promises? They are still there, waiting activation, waiting pursuit, written on His calendar, and guarded by His sovereignty. They remain with His gifts and callings that are irrevocable. (Rom. 11:29) You’re days are carefully watched over, you’re never far from His thoughts, and never removed out of His plans. Pursue Him with renewed boldness and watch His calendar come alive with your divine destiny, full of His grace and good news… for you and all those He’s called you to touch.
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