I’ve been reading through the Bible for the past few months, and I am always amazed by the majesty and the preciseness of our God. The past two days, since the beginning of Holy Week, a persistence phrase keeps coming up – “Take out the Trash.” It arose quite strongly yesterday during my meditation time, and again today while reading through the book of Numbers. Now I know for some the OT can be a little confusing especially in Numbers and Leviticus, but this is where you see the majesty and precision of God. Those wonderful details, if taken slowly and with reverence, can yield a mountain of revelation about our God. What does this have to do with Take out the Trash? Well in Numbers Chapter 4:1-49, God gives specific instructions to Moses and Aaron the priest on how to dissemble the Tabernacle, and whose is responsible for this enormous task. There is a registration of men from the priestly tribe of Levi, those between the age of 30-50 years old who must prepare each sacred item for transporting during their wilderness journey. Meticulous planning and arrangements, even down to where these men are stationed within the camp were given by God to Moses and Aaron. Simply amazing. And as I read this and reflected on the fact that this is Holy Week, I thought about how careless we’ve become during this sacred time leading up to Resurrection Sunday. We go through the day not stopping to carefully arranged “sacred moments” for God, nor for ourselves. Our Jewish brethren have begun Passover, where all “regular” activity has stopped, and story of the Exodus is told in great detail. This festival, commanded by God is a time of remembrance of about who they are and where they came from. It is shared, particularly with the young so they will know and understand their legacy and history, but more importantly how God brought them up out of bondage to freedom. There are preparations which included the purging and removal all food items containing “leaven” from their homes. The house is cleared, and the “sacred” is highlighted, so mind and hearts can express appreciation to God for His gifts and blessings.
We, on the over hand spend nights watching “Scandal” or “Criminal Minds” filling our hearts and spirits with images designed to clog us with debris, and trash which robs us from experiencing God’s fullness. The “sacred” is overshadowed by the fields of brokenness, pain, suffering, worry, pride, violence, envy, shame, guilt and the sin that so easily besets us. Paul under the anointing of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 3:16-17 NLT), stated “Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and YOU are that temple.” We failed to recognize who we are and where we came from. This important announcement is highlighted God’s word. We, who profess the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior have a duty; a sacred responsibility to maintain this temple(us) for God’s work. It can’t and should not be littered with trash of this world. He built us for greatness. He created us in His image. We are His workmen destined to show forth His majesty, dominion, power and love to the world.
Shouldn’t we consider how carefully we are approaching this sacred time? Are we preparing our hearts and minds for His return? Will Resurrection Sunday be just another date on the calendar, or will we show the world, by our example that we have taken out the trash?
Yes, there is much trash that needs to be removed, not just during Holy Week, but each and every day. We must with intent and love, remove the build up of trash that has plugged, plagued and prevented our Holy Temples from being beacons of life, light and hope.
We need to stop feeding on the “dead carcasses” of the world, and prepare our Temples to transportation. I guess that’s why the message of taking out the trash has been so pressing. We all need to clear the way for Christ’s return, and prepare ourselves for his rightful position on the throne of our earthly temples. Ready to take out the trash? I hope so. Let’s consider ways to consecrate this week to Him, and make His light shine.