Friday, January 1, 2016

DAILY?READINGS: Gen. 1:1 to 2:3; Job 1:1 to 2:10; Matt. 1

This month shall be…the first month of the year to you. Exodus 12:2

“This month” was the seventh in the civil calendar. But on God’s spiritual calendar, the past six months were “erased”. A new religious calendar commenced as Israel prepared to leave Egypt to begin a new life. It was founded on the Passover, followed by the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It points to the passing away of the old life and the commencement of all things new in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). The challenge is to purge out the old leaven, forget the things that are past and press onward to live a triumphant life for the Lord. Blessed New Year to all. —K. C. Ung

Onward and upward tread the road; from day to day marked out by God.
Faint, yet pursuing, thou shalt see, that as thy day thy strength shall be.
—Thomas Holme