12 Days of Christmas Meditation: Day Five

giftsThe Twelve Days of Christmas call us to pause and enjoy our faith and each  other. We are journeying through the joy and happiness of the season.

On the Fifth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me 5 Golden Rings

The five golden rings are the first five books of the Bible. They are called the Pentateuch.  Each of the books give the history of man’s fall from grace.

Moses is credited historically with writing the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament or Hebrew Tanakh. Those books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.  Traditionally, five, the first five books of the Bibleand called the Books of Moses.Christians need to spend time reading and studying God’s Word privately on a daily basis, it is also vitally important that we read it publicly when we gather together as a community.

The history of the public reading of Scripture goes back long before the formation of the Christian Church.  When Josiah discovered the Book of the Law in the Temple in 2 Kings 22-23, his first order of business was to have it read in public.  The people of God had neglected this practice for so long that they no longer knew what the Lord required of them, and consequently had fallen into idolatry.

 

We need to read and hear Scripture so that we can make space in our worship for the Lord to work in changing our hearts and lives.

One way to look at it is that the reading of Scripture should be the main event. The sermon is simply explaining and applying what we have just read from God’s holy and inspired Word.

Allow yourself to hear God’s Word proclaimed publicly each day.

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