The Beginning of Tradition
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God was aware of the importance of tradition.
Reference: “When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony.” Exodus 12:25 NIV
Explore: If you walk into any Church of Christ across Australia, during a Sunday service, it is highly likely you will be invited to join them in communion. That’s because of the history that Churches of Christ has come from.
You see, in the early 1800s the Presbyterian Church had become very regimented in their worship. One of the many restrictions they had put on their congregation was around communion.
You were only able to participate in the Lord’s Supper if it was served in a specific way, within a specific place, served by a specific person. A number of men across the globe felt this was wrong and so started a whole movement of inclusivity in worship.
Continuing on that tradition, you will find a commitment in the Church of Christ worship service to welcome all people to participate in this sacred ritual.
Application: We all have traditions in our lives, things we repeatedly do due to an event in our past.
In our family we grew up reading the Bible after the evening meal because it’s what my grandparents did. We have one person handing out presents at Christmas because it’s what my dad always did.
Traditions can be good as they remind us of something important from the past.
God was aware of the importance of tradition. During the last plague in Egypt the Israelites participated in a number of rituals so they would be spared the destruction that was to come to the Egyptians. God told them to continue to celebrate these rituals as a reminder of God’s provision and grace.
Rituals can start to become just a habit, so it’s good to be reminded of the reasoning behind the things we do. Reading through the Bible gives us great insight into why we worship as we do.
It also reminds us not to lose sight of the real reason we have faith – the love and provision of God.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your love and provision. You are the same, powerful God today as You were when You led the Israelites out of Egypt. May we serve You faithfully and honour You respectfully. Amen.
What traditions do you have in your life?