Since 1st August I’ve been in the last 1/7th of my personal year. Genesis states that on the seventh day God rested from His work of creation. So we have the concept of a Sabbath day, whereupon its best to rest – as Jesus said, it’s designed for us. In past times, land was allowed 1 year out of 7 to lie fallow and recuperate
As a boy my personal 7/7th coincided with the main annual school holidays. Each new school year would coincide with my own new year. In recent years I found it includes the Hebraic ‘head of the year’ or new year, Rosh Hashanah, and came to appreciate its special significance to all God’s people.
Whilst attending a Rosh Hashanah celebration the Lord blessed me with a continuous open vision as the rabbi taught us about creation. I’ve now realised the 3 subsequent 7/7ths have also blessed me with memorable insights as we approach and enter the holy ‘Days of Awe’. In 2011 it involved a word about the Kingdom being set up in the UK and which had been declared that same day by Bill Johnson at a Revival Alliance Gathering – for details see Father, let Your Kingdom come.
Much more came at – and after – the Alliance meeting in late August 2012. I’d hoped to have had time to tell about it other than a passing allusion in Back to School, but not so. The most memorable event was when the sound desk supervisor reported they’d had trouble monitoring the extra instruments and voices that suddenly came through the sound system!
We’d noticed mobile coloured spot lights up in the ceiling swinging rapidly in time to the worship too. The invisible musicians can only have been an angelic host, as stated in musician Martin Smith’s description. It is also covered in Anita Mathias’ report on Dreaming Beneath the Spires and RA 2012 Facebook page. For a full flavour of that ‘Spontaneous angelsong’ and superb worship times, visit Grace Media. [The footnote below has a link for this year’s gathering.]
This year there’s much material to mull over, as hinted at the close of Jesus and Israel. Meanwhile, be blessed with some things that may prepare you for what I want to share since receiving Ian Clayton’s teaching in mid-August. A lot of it is relevant to the church’s ‘New season’. Theologian and blogger T.E.Hanna recently posted some short pieces that plug into what I’m chewing over. So click onto these and check for yourself:
- “We are called to be revelators” – How Christianity Makes a Better Muslim
- “Our very design was to reflect the glory of the Great King throughout the midst of His creation” – 3 Glorious Reasons Why Heaven Misses the Point
- “We had all established our God-turf and drew a line in the sand. You would be accepted by us, so long as you first looked like us” – The Myth of Unity: How What Draws Us Together May Actually Be Drawing Us Apart
TE has the gift of making theology easy-peasy so may I suggest you take time to read and have a handle for what I want to write about soon?
Finally and to clarify; the jigsaw that’s falling into place is a personal one and thus not the same as the worldwide Invisible Jigsaw I referred to a few months ago.
Images from ‘Revival Alliance 2012 Live’ cd are courtesy of Haven Church and details for Revival Alliance 2013 in November may be found here. Hand and puzzle pieces image is reproduced by courtesy of Anusorn P Nachol at FreedigitaIphotos.net