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READING: Luke 1 – The First Day of the First Month

In the Christmas season just past we heard much about Jesus’s birth; this morning, I give attention to things occurring the first day of the first month. 

Genesis 1:3-5 – “God said, ‘Let there be light; and light was. There was evening and morning, the first day.” The first day began the first month. A friend asked how there could be light with no sun; I said God is light; the light came from Him. 

Genesis 8:13 – “In the first month, on the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth.” This was the first time God brought a never to be repeated, punishment of the people He created. The LORD saw “every inclination of their thoughts was evil, and it grieved him… But Noah found favor in LORD” (Genesis 6:5-8). You know the story; God gave His rainbow as His promise never again to destroy the earth by water. 

Exodus 40:1-2, – “The LORD told Moses: On the first day of the first month, set up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting.” This was also the day the LORD’s Shekina glory rested over the tabernacle as the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night to lead Israel.  

2 Chronicles 29:3, 17 – “In the first month of the first year of Hezekiah’s reign, he opened the doors of the house of the LORD… They began to sanctify on the first day of the month.” Hezekiah determined to clean things up after Ahaz’s idolatry. He called the priests and Levites together and gave them the job. They began the first day and finished on the sixteenth. 

We saw Light entering a world of darkness. John’s gospel points to the Logos of God; “In Him was life, and the life was light. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:4-5). Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness.” (John 8:14) “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.” (1John1:7)  

All the world except for Noah was evil. God cleaned it up by the flood, but spared Noah’s family. When Noah removed the covering of the ark, he saw a world cleansed of sin. Peter tells us, as the flood cleansed the earth, “baptism now saves us.” (1 Peter 3:21) Water cleans us through His resurrection. 

At Sinai, God give Moses instructions about the Tabernacle. God went with them to the promised land, living with them in the Tabernacle, made visible by the cloud and fire. Had they walked with Him, the Temple wouldn’t need the cleansing Hezekiah gave it. When we need sanctifying, Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Logos is truth.” 

Do you see why “things written in former days were written for our instruction so that we might have hope”? 

All these passages point to Jesus. 



O Father, Creator, and Redeemer: I look for You, and I see you in nature. But I have trouble seeing Your leading in my life. I need help praying, and I find some comfort in Psalms – but I have trouble praying like David did. Sometimes I wonder if You hear me at all, but I may have those doubts because I am not persistent enough or is it the other way around? Jesus taught His disciples how to pray by letting them hear Him pray. Give me some guidance through Your Holy Spirit, is my prayer in Jesus’s name, AMEN! 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU (and for me) 

Father, my prayer for all who read these words, and for me, is that we see the things written before hand in the Hebrew Scriptures as pointing to Jesus and helping us to find hope in Him. The shadows of the Old Covenant can give us guidance in dealing with the full light of the New Covenant Scriptures. This is my prayer in the holy, precious name of our Savior who gave Himself for our sins, AMEN! 

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