Everyone has some sort of daily routine. When you get up, shower and grab something to eat or drink is often choreographed. Some do this without thinking, a natural state to prepare one’s self for the weekly grind called life. Occasionally, you will come across a human interest story, something unique yet interesting. Today’s blog was inspired by an Old Testament custom.
His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them, Job 1:4.
Following the birthday of his ten children or one of his grandchildren, Job began to observe a special time of prayer. Pleading on behalf of his children, Job offered up a sacrifice for each of his family members according to the book of Leviticus. This time of intercession involved publicly confessing potential sins one of his children may have committed in word, thought or deed. Before closing with a customary Amen, this act served as a spiritual cleansing to honor, please and revere God.
When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom, Job 1:5.
Despite what you may think of the trials Job endured, this spiritual act of worship is something that should be reenacted today. Everyone has their flaws, some greater than others. Nonetheless, what if mothers and fathers began to take time out of their busy schedules to beg for God’s grace and mercy? If applied in the form of a prayer, walking through the rooms of each family member, God would transform individuals one home at a time. Join me in this quest to revive souls through a regular spiritual cleansing.
by Jay Mankus