Our message this month is a charge for us to redirect our steps in the ways of the Lord, knowing fully that His promises abound for those who follow the commandments He has laid down for us. The charge is for us to identify everything righteous, so that we can enjoy all things bright and beautiful, because we are the chosen ones to stand tall as the treasures of God.
That is the assurance we get in Exodus 19 v 1-5, which state: “In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.
“And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:”
Now I the time for us to reflect on the gains we have got over the past years, even in the first two months of 2018, in which only the Grace of God has seen us through, keeping up alive up till this moment. Apart from giving thanks through praise and worship, one other way of showing out appreciation for all the great tings God is doing for us I to stay holy and obey Him. Why not just follow in His precepts because He is Almighty, The mot High, Lord of Lords.
That is the evocation we receive in Exekiel 31 v 1-2, which read: “And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the third month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his multitude; Whom art thou like in thy greatness?”
The essence of this is to encourage us to keep trusting in God to save us in any situation we might find ourselves. He is our shelter in times of storm, our shield from any form of attack, and the buckler that is all sufficient for us in times of battle. That is why he is Jehovah Nissi (the mighty one in battle, Jehovah Jireh (our provider), Jehovah Rapha (our healer), Jehovah Rohi (our shepherd), among many other names and attributes that make Him The Most High.
In spiritually symbolic dimensions, number three represents completeness, which is derived from the fact that it is the first of four spiritually perfect numerals (the others being 7, 10 and 12). Let us put to mind the fact that there were three righteous patriarchs before the flood were Abel, Enoch and Noah. After the flood, there were also three righteous fathers – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel).
It is noteworthy too that Jesus prayed three times in the Garden of Gethsemane before His arrest. He was placed on the cross at the 3rd hour of the day and died at the 9th hour (3pm). There were 3 hours of darkness that covered the land while Jesus was suffering on the cross from the 6th hour to the 9th hour.
Therefore, the number three is the number of resurrection. Christ was dead for three full days and three full nights, a total of 72 hours, before being resurrected on Saturday, April 8, just before sunset. At the same time, there were only three individuals who witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration on Mount Hermon. Those who saw Jesus’ glory on the mount were John, Peter and James.
In the final analysis, the number also represents a reminder for us of the End of Days. We must hold fast to our faith, in holiness and righteous, because the end is at hand. We understand the nature of God as He “which is, and which was, and which is to come” (Revelation 1:4).
Once we remain steadfast to the end, we also have profound promises of getting to be among those who will enjoy feasts of joy and pleasure in The Presence of the Lord. This is reflected in prophetic representation of some feats among the Israelites. With these, we are encouraged to understand that there are three great periods of God’s annual Feast days of worship.
They are the Spring festivals (Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread), the summer festival (Pentecost) and the Fall festivals (Feast of Trumpets, Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles). There is a promise for your and I that this month is our month of rejoicing. In this third month of the year 2018, we shall every cause to celebrate as never before.
Finally, let us also remember the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7; Matthew 28:19). This threefold symbol also tells us that God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. By the reason of His name that is above every other name, March 2018 shall bring forth into your life magnificent signs of His Glory, in the mighty name of Jesus (Isaiah 60:1).