Day 40 Holy Saturday, Apr. 4th

Nehemiah 8:13, 18

13 On the second day the heads of ancestral houses of all the people, with the priests and the Levites, came together to the scribe Ezra in order to study the words of the law.   

18 And day by day, from the first day to the last day, he read from the book of the law of God. They kept the festival seven days; and on the eighth day there was a solemn assembly, according to the ordinance.



In the days following Jerusalem's great assembly, the heads of Israel's ancestral houses, the priests and the Levites came to Ezra so that they might study the word of the law.  As their lives consisted of more than remaining safe within the walls of Jerusalem, but living in the assurance of their salvation in the Lord, all aspects of their being and personhood needed to be addressed in a way that was in keeping with the will and way of the Lord.  The leaders, therefore, had to be both informed and reformed in all matters of life as they governed God's people. Daily they continued in this way, until the Feast of Booths, a solemn gathering of the community established during the time of Moses and reestablished in their day of reform.   Renewal and transformation ultimately are not a point of destination, but a process. They are an ongoing part of our faith journey.  For, when renewal stops, decline and decay will undoubtedly set in. As the 2015 Lenten season draws to a close we must remember that on the other side of Saturday the Saviour has risen!  We, therefore, are to continue living our lives in the light of the resurrection, restoration, rebuilding and renewal that the Lord our God has manifested in our lives throughout this 40 day period.  Like Jerusalem’s leaders, we are to continue in worship, prayer, study, serving and living the lives to which we’ve been called.    
  1. What should you continue to study and practice in order for renewal to continue to be manifested in your life?
  2. Where have you and/or will you turn in God's word to find information that will guide you forward into greater renewal and restoration?
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Lord God, I thank you for your grace. I thank you for the opportunities for growth, change and renewal you have brought into all our lives during this Lenten season. Thank you, Lord God, for the life you yet live in me.  

Enter into the Resurrection renewed, restored and revived.

May the lives we live honor God, rebuild the people of God, and restore the body of Christ.

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