Wednesday, 17 February 2016
When Saul (who later became Paul) was thirteen years old, he was considered a son of the law. He started wearing phylacteries, called tefillin, during weekday morning prayers. The Code of Jewish Law prescribed that a Jewish man thirteen years or older was to put on the tefillin at the FIRST moment in the morning. The phylacteries were a literal act of obedience. The left arm was chosen because it was ordinarily the weaker. Jews were to wear God’s Word as a banner and shield over their weakness. So, at the age of thirteen, Saul had to place the phylacteries around his forehead and arm IN TOTAL SILENCE. If he was interrupted while putting on the phylacteries, he would have to start the procedure all over again, repeating the appropriate benedictions. In other words, he could not even get out of bed in the morning without remembering to whom he belonged. As he wound the straps of the phylacteries around his head and arm, he was reminded of his binding relationship to his Creator. Soberly, he assumed the responsibility of one associated with God. The law of the Lord is his life.
Sometimes, we need to do certain things in order to internalize a principle. Let's sing ...
“Beautiful Lord, Wonderful Savior; I know for sure, all of my days are held in Your hand; Crafted into Your perfect plan; You gently call me into Your presence; Guiding me by Your Holy Spirit; Teach me dear Lord to live all of my life through Your eyes; I’m captured by Your Holy calling; Set me apart; I know You’re drawing me to Yourself; Lead me Lord I pray; Take me, mould me, use me, fill me; I give my life to the Potter’s hand; Call me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me; I give my life to the Potter’s Hand.” (Song: The Potter's Hand)
In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Lam Yee Ling