“I Said to the Man Who Stood at the Gate of the Year”

“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.

And he replied, ‘Go into the darkness and put
your hand into the hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light
and safer than a known way.’”

light darknessThese wise words are attributed to Minnie Louise Haskins in 1908.   They became treasured oratory after King George VI spoke them in his broadcast in 1939 at the beginning of World War II.

Thank God if this means something to you.

That is, desiring to put your hand into the hand of God and think His thoughts and do His ways. Not the traditions of men (Mark 7:8-9).

That’s important to you, and you’ll carefully consider the ramifications of Exodus 12:1-2: “Now the LORD spoke to [you?] … This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.”

That month on God’s sacred calendar is Nisan or Abib, and the first day of it in 2016 will be April 9.

God says that is the first day of His year to you. It comes in the spring, not the cold and dead of winter, ushering in the Passover which pictures our Savior Lamb of God’s sacrifice to make our salvation possible.

It originates not 4,000 years ago in Babylon and Egypt but when the LORD, the God of the Old Testament, Who became Jesus Christ, led His people out of Egypt (1 Corinthians 10:4) and today advises “my people” to come out of Babylon (Revelation 18:4).

It really shouldn’t be surprising to talk about a man standing at the start of the Roman year. But the LORD, the Light of the World, holds out His hand in 2016 on April 9.

Wouldn’t the happiest new year start by getting the right date!  Make sense to you?


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One comment

  1. Marilyn Magoon · January 1, 2016

    Robert, please keep writing! Sharing your thoughts and Bible studies in ‘The Unexpected’ is very, very helpful. I have been meaning to comment on this for a long time……..just want you to know all of the effort is appreciated and helpful.


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