“Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets,“ (29:1).
The seventh month was a busy, demanding month; commencing with the blowing of trumpets, days and days of offerings ensued. So many days, so many offerings, it all seems so exhausting, severe, demanding, so…legalistic. But as we press in, something altogether greater emerges… Grace.
Consider His Summons to Participate in Grace
“Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets. 2 You shall offer a burnt offering as a soothing aroma to the Lord:” (29:1-2).
“Then on the tenth day of this seventh month you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall humble yourselves; you shall not do any work.8 You shall present a burnt offering to the Lord as a soothing aroma:” (29:7-8).
“Then on the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work, and you shall observe a feast to the Lord for seven days,” (29:12).
“On the eighth day you shall have a solemn assembly; you shall do no laborious work.36 But you shall present a burnt offering, an offering by fire, as a soothing aroma to the Lord:” (29:35-36).
“You shall present these to the Lord at your appointed times, besides your votive offerings and your freewill offerings, for your burnt offerings and for your grain offerings and for your drink offerings and for your peace offerings,” (29:39).
- His Summons to Participate in Grace was extended to the entire assembly through the blowing of the trumpets, ensuring none would miss His Summons.
- His Summons to Participate in Grace was experienced in the holy convocation, a gracious opportunity to corporately and humbly seek His unmerited favor.
- His Summons to Participate in Grace revealed the need for atonement, turning attention to man’s need for redemption.
- His Summons to Participate in Grace was an invitation to demonstrate faith in His Grace through numerous continual offerings.
- His Summons to Participate in Grace provided days set apart unto Him, eliminating competing enticements and fostering a desire for obedience.
How do we respond to his Summons to Participate in Grace?
His Summons to Participate in His Grace is a resounding appeal to our will. The world will try to convince us the LORD is too demanding, too severe; it’s simply too exhausting to be a Christian. However, the LORD does not ask us to answer His Summons by our own strength. His demand has been satisfied in His Son. As we surrender our will, let us come to Him for rest, that we too may Participate in His Grace.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light,” (Matthew 11:28-30).
His Summons to Participate in His Grace is a resounding appeal to our desires. The world will try to convince us the LORD is too limiting, too narrow; the reward cannot compare with the self-satisfaction we find here on earth. Let us respond to His Summons to Participate in Grace and forsake all else to follow Him.
“And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:34-36).