Underscoring the Linear (Biblical) View of Time
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
In the last meditation we mentioned that the Jews viewed time in a linear fashion rather than in a circular manner like the rest of the ancient world.
You’ll recall God’s command to observe the Jewish feasts, particularly Passover, Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles. Ever wonder why those observances were so important to God? All of them emphasized and taught a linear view of time, God’s perspective on the duration of their lives.
A part of the purpose of those feasts was to remind the people what God had done in the past and what He would do in the future. Those celebrations underscored that people were to trust and develop their faith in God each day, day after day, after day.
The relationship with God was continually renewed. They were to continue to grow and trust day-by-day until they departed this world to enter the next.
C.S. Lewis once wrote, “the present is the thing most like eternity.” May this be a year of growing in faith, day-by-day.