“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons.” (Daniel 2:20–21, NIV 1984).
My Musings – If there is such a thing as global warming or climate change (I am neither endorsing or denying), it is God who chooses to allow it or prevent it. There is certainly evidence of climate change in our past (such as ice ages). But what I really want to focus on in today’s musing is changing time.
- The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year.” (Exodus 12:1–2, NIV 1984). Passover. An observance commemorating God sparing (passing over) His people as He sent judgment on the firstborn of Egypt. A foreshadowing of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. So significant that God changed the first month of the year.
- In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1–7, NIV 1984). The Nativity. The birth of the Christ child. God becoming man and dwelling among us. Another event so monumental that it divided time and began a new numbering of the years of recorded history.
- When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ” (Mark 16:1–7, NIV 1984). The Resurrection. Christ’s victory over death and the grave. The definitive evidence that God accepted His sacrifice for our sins. Up to this time the “day of rest” was the last day of the week, the Sabbath. Ever since, our “day of rest” has been celebrated on the first day of the week.
- And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer. (Revelation 10:5–6, KJV). The final change. Time becomes irrelevant.
My Advice – Take time for the Lord before time runs out for you.