I guess I could use a different title for this, like, “Choosing the Best!” Everyone has their opinions about things of this nature; I try to acquire mine from the best source possible, the Tried and True that has remained so over the test of time…THE WORD OF GOD.
Doing a little analyzing I “happened” on the Prophet Zechariah 7! The prophets of old told it like it was, no “soft pedaling”. The question that was brought up was: “Shall I weep in the fifth month and abstain, as I have done these many years?” We live in much the same atmosphere, go to church on Saturday/Sunday, celebrate the special days of the year, (Christmas, Easter, Ash Wednesday, etc.) “Fasted on the fifth and seventh months”, but (That is a big BUT) “you did it for seventy years, was it actually for ME that you fasted? When you eat and drink, do you not eat for yourselves and do you not drink for yourselves?” (v 5-7)
My question is pointed, for consideration by all of us. We are told in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 how to celebrate the remembrance of our Savior, not “it” but “Him”. For some, it is a mandatory time as was the case for Israel. The real reason, as explicitly set forth in Corinthians, “do this in remembrance of ME!” It is, and should be a personal relationship wherein it is focused on HIM, His incarnation (condescending to become human flesh), His substitution (His representative sacrifice on Calvary for our sins), and His resurrection (wherein He conquered death and the grave). Nothing shy of this is acceptable to our Lord!
Somehow we have missed what Israel missed. When they were abounding in prosperity (v7 and following) and forgot what God had given by way of instruction: “Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.” At that time, they “refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears from hearing”. Zechariah says: “And it came about that just as He called and they would not listen, so they called and would not listen. Says the Lord of hosts; I scattered them …the land is desolated behind them… for they made the pleasant land desolate.”
The graphics were not pleasant then and they are not pleasant for our land as we behold the few that are listening.
Let us pray for a spiritual awakening!