You were designed by God to function best in community. Even before sin ever entered the garden, God, the Creator, said something wasn’t good about His perfect creation. As He looked at all He created and said was good, He noticed something missing. Even though Adam had fellowship with God, he needed someone to do life with on his level.
Perhaps the most tender of the Christmas Canticles is Simeon’s Song. Picture the scene. Mary and Joseph are presenting their newborn son, Jesus, at the Temple according to the Law. Luke tells us of a man in Jerusalem called Simeon. He wasn’t a Priest, Levite or Scribe. The only description we have is that he was righteous and devout.
In addition to the weekly Sabbath in the Old Testament, God established seven festivals for His people to celebrate and worship. These were intended to be celebrations and memorials ordained as feast days of supreme JOY and sublime REJOICING! So, when did we turn festivals into funerals?
“Now his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: ‘Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people, And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David, As He spoke by the […]