THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE

In this modern Christian world there are a lot of interpretations being given to several texts or quotations in the Holy Bible without bothering to know the actual meanings of such scriptures. Although I have touched on some of them already, I would like to take you through PSALM 118:24 which talks about ‘A Particular Day the Lord has made,’ since we are approaching the pinnacle of this topic for discussion. This is because this particular text is also another bone of contention as far as its real meaning is concerned. A lot of people including so called great men of God (that is big time ministers of God), say it is a new day God has made to replace the original Sabbath day: But whether it is true or not would be determined by what the scripture truly says about this text, as I am poised to explain to you in the following passages below. Sometimes, some of these explanations from such ministers seem to be connected to the weekly Sabbath day, hence using HEB. 4:7,8, as a proof of evidence that God has given us another day to replace the original Sabbath. Too ridiculous! May God forbid and forgive them their sins! There is nothing like that concerning this particular quotation. But first of all, let us all read the text in question before further analysis on it to prove the truthful points.

"This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” PSALM 118:24

Will the God of yesterday, today and forever more (HEB. 13:8), Who changes not (MAL.3:6), ever think to change His day of worship, which He Himself instituted for humankind at creation? Since everything was finished from the foundation of this world and nothing could be changed (HEB. 4:3,4; GEN. 2:1-3), it is impossible in this respect. Note that the Psalm above does not read ‘This is the day the Lord had made to replace the old one, but rather, it simply reads, "This is the day which the LORD hath made: So, why should such an interpretation be alluded to as far as this text is concerned? The real truth is that the meaning of this text is all about the Feasts of God: So in this particular case the feast of Tabernacles was connected in some of the commentaries to support verse 27 of Psalm 118 which follows the verse in question. Kindly read the whole text to avail you with all facts in order to understand it better.

(23) "This is the LORD's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. (24) This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (25) Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. (26) Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. (27) God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar (28) Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. (29) O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

Let us look it up from the commentary aspect where comparison could be made in order to ascertain the real truth about this text in hand. 

"Bind the sacrifice with cords] The Chaldee paraphrases this verse thus: "Samuel the prophet said, Bind the little one with chains for a solemn sacrifice, until ye have sacrificed him and sprinkled his blood on the horns of the altar." It is supposed that the words refer to the feast of tabernacles, and gx chag here means the festival victim. Several translate the original "keep the festival with thick boughs of the horns of the altar." In this sense the Vulgate and Septuagint understood the passage. David in this entry into the temple was a type of our blessed Lord, who made a similar entry, as related Mt 21:8-10.” (From ADAM CLARKE’S BIBLE COMMENTARY) 

However, better understanding of this text could also be derived from the original language that was used to write the scriptures. That is we are all aware of the fact that the Old Testament was written with Hebrew and Chaldea language. So let us rightly go to the Interlinear to check the word number for Sacrifice in order for reference to the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance for the real meaning of this text. For that matter below are the extracts for the word SACRIFICE in Psalm 118:27. 

[Strong’s Heb. 02282] Chag (khag) 

"or chag {khawg}, from 2287; a festival, or a victim there for :- (Solemn) feast (day) Sacrifice, solemnity”

I thank the Most High God that He has made available all these tools to help us understand His Bible in its proper sense. Other than that a lot of things would be messed up. I hope you now understand that the DAY in question is not referring to the LORD’S DAY SO CALLED (Sunday), but it talks about a festival‘s day for joy. 

Even if you still have doubts about what I have already expounded to you so far in connection with the text above, be patient still, since there is another proof in the pipe line to bring understanding very close to you. This time let us examine the whole text again for God’s illumination on another verse worthy of note in Psalm 118:23-29 above. In this particular case let’s curl in verse number 26 to see what it says.

(26) "Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.” PS.118:26 

So over here, my first question to you is, when was this prophecy fulfilled in the New Testament? The next question is: Which occasion coincided with the fulfillment of this prophecy? The answers to these two giant questions will help you understand it all. Now the answer to the first question is, ‘it fulfilled during the time our Lord Jesus Christ made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem just before His crucifixion. The second is that, ‘it coincided with the FEAST OF PASSOVER AND UNLEAVENED BREAD.’ 

So if I am saying that this particular text is all about God’s Feasts, there is no dispute about that. Am I lying? No! Why should I lie to you where as I know the consequences of removing or adding anything from or to the word of God (ie lying)? REV.21:8; 22:15

(18) "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: (19) And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” REV.22:18,19 

Herein lies the truth as to why Adam Clarke’s Commentary on Psalm 118:27 made reference to MATT. 21:8-10 to clarify his view that the text concerns the Feast of God, thus he quoted the Feast of Tabernacle as his reference. 

So as I am bringing the curtains down on this very point about the Day the Lord has made, I would like you to read the following text so as to enable you know that all the hullabaloo many people have been making about the phrase, ‘THIS IS THE DAY WHICH THE LORD HAS MADE’, has no basis at all, if one truly or impartially considers this explanation so far given. Now read the passage below.

(6) "And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, (7) And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. (8) And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. (9) And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. (10) And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? (11) And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.” MATT.21:6-10 CLICK HERE FOR THE LAST BIT

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