Re: Chaplains Corner
We all know the story of Moses climbing up on Mt. Sinai to receive the Law from God:
Exodus 24:12 (KJV);
And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
We all KNOW that story, but we do little to remember the time or the place of it. The Jewish people, on the other hand, commemorate the date of this occurrence every year as the second of the their three major festivals of both historic and agricultural significance; Shavuot. The other two such festivals are Passover and Sukkot. The date of Shavuot moves around on our calendar, but it is fixed on the Hebrew calendar to the 6th of Sivan, which is today. As with all Jewish days, today actually began at sundown yesterday, and ends at sunset today.
Shavuot is not only the day which celebrates the historic event of the giving of the Torah, but it also commemorates the time when the first fruits are harvested and brought to the temple.
In celebration of this day, no work is performed. The Jewish people stayed awake all night last night reading the Torah, and they had prayers as early as possible this morning.
In contrast to this, many Christians can hardly stand an hour of church a week, would not loose sleep over anything religious without a personal appearance of Jesus Christ demanding it of them, have not read the Bible in months – if ever, and pray only when they need something.
The Jews are radical.
They love God, and aren't ashamed to say it and live it.
Too bad we don't have more Christians that do that.
Have a blessed Shavuot, my Jewish brothers. I pray that God will bless you for your many remembrances of Him and His word.
And may God bless the rest of us as well, and cause us to seek a closer relationship with Him.
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.