sermonette: The Selfsame Day
An Easily Missed Clue
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 15-Feb-14; Sermon #1198s; 23 minutes
John Ritenbaugh, cuing in on Ecclesiastes 3:1, reiterates that God is in control of time all the time; He is intricately involved. We must learn that events are not occurring randomly; everything develops from inexorable law, and God appoints the timing for each thing to be done. God has made everything beautiful for His time, not necessarily for us. The word "selfsame" refers to a very specific commemorative calendar date. When a historical event is applied to a calendar date, such as the wave-sheaf offering or Pentecost, we realize that we are to recognize the significance (the giving of the Law and the Holy Spirit). Such an event occurred with the blessing of Abraham by Melchizedek. The Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread have been precisely marked by this selfsame day, a signal that God is faithfully in control of time over multiple centuries.
Abraham Bones Day to be much observed Days of unleavened bread Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Ecclesiastes 3:1 -8 Expositor's Bible Commentary The Englishman's Hebrew and Chaldee Concordance of the Old Testament Everything under inexorable law Exodus 12:17, 41-51; 19:1 Expositors Commentary Geh-tzem Genesis 14; 15:1-17 Gilgal God is control of time all the time God's oversight Historical evidence Huw Joshua 4:5-19 King James Version Leviticus 23:14 Maledictory oath Melchizedek Memorial New King James Nisan 10 Nisan 14 Numbers 33:3 Ordinance forever Passover Pentecost Preparation for Feast of Unleavened Bread Priest of Salem Richard Seasons Scheduling Selfsame day Sun was going down Travers Unleavened bread Valley of dried geh-tzem Volz Wave sheaf offering