Sermon

HOLY CONVOCATION (Leviticus 23:23-32; Acts 3:1-10)

Introduction

In the two lessons of today, God is reminding  us that the work of salvation is prepared and the tasks are assigned. God wants us to pay special attention to three services.

1st Lesson (Lev. 23:23-32)

  1. Worship; Atonement and  Thanksgiving (vv24-25)

Jehovah commands Moses to speak to the children of Israel that in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, they shall have:

  • A solemn rest (Sabbath).
  • A memorial of blowing of trumpets.
  • A holy convocation.
  • They are to do no servile work therein.
  • They are to offer an offering made by fire unto Jehovah.

The purpose of the Sabbath is to direct our thoughts and actions toward God in worship and reverence.

Psalm 100: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve Jehovah with gladness: Come before his presence with singing.

Atonement (vv 27-28)

Also, the tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement:

  • A holy convocation.
  • Afflict your souls.
  • Offer an offering made by fire.

The Day of Atonement is a serious day (not for celebration). It is a day in which the people are to consider their sin; afflict their soul and fast; as well as repent from their sins.

Atonement is the sacrifice Jesus Christ made to help us overcome sin, adversity and death (Heb.9:11-12). This is the supreme expression of the love of God (John 3:16-17).

Repentance is a serious event. “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish”      (Luke 13:3)

Why we should do no work

In the plan of grace, God has reserved for Himself the privilege of doing the work. Man and his efforts are of no use. It is a divine work (Eph.2:4-9).

Serious Warnings (vv 29-30)

  1. For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day; he shall be cut off from his people.
  1. Whatsoever soul it be that doeth any manner of work in that same day, that soul will I destroy from among his people.

2nd Lesson (Acts 3:1-10)

  1. Miraculous healing by faith in the name of Jesus

God here uses the example of Peter and John to show us the manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit, not only in the word, but also in the deeds of the Apostles:    

  • At the 9th hour, they went to the temple to pray.
  • They were too poor and had no money for offering and to give to the poor.
  • But Peter knew they have power of the Holy Spirit (which is more than all the riches in the world).
  • They also have the legal and written authority to use the name of Jesus to do the work of God (Acts 3:6-7; John 14:14; 16:23)

This is the conclusion of the matter:

As a result of the work of divine healing, the lame man enjoyed new experiences of life. He left the gate and entered the temple to worship and praise God (Acts 3:6-9). This is our calling to cleanse the world. Above all else, there is power in the name of Jesus