The sequence of development of creation’s relationship to time is fascinating to observe.
On the Prophet’s day, linear, segmented, predictable, named time was created.
On the Servant’s day, the oxygen, clouds and rain in the atmosphere began to move according to a complex set of interrelated principles. You can predict a short time out whether it will rain today or not, but we simply cannot tell whether it will rain in Iowa on June 17, 2026. If one variable changes anywhere in the region, it shifts the activity of the atmosphere.
On the Teacher’s day, earth was lifted from the deep, and it carries with it the perception of timelessness although on a deeper level there is much to discover and debate about that perception. Then God created vegetation that is involuntarily pegged to the cadence of the seasons. A tree flowers and fruits at a particular time of year for optimal results. There is a symbiotic relationship between time and trees. The seasons prompt the tree to blossom, and the tree blossoming at the right season contributes to its thriving.
On the Exhorter’s day, God anchored the seasons through the sun, moon and stars. They were given the responsibility to maintain the cadence God had established for the well being of all of creation. No initiative or spontaneity was allowed.
On the Giver’s day, for the first time there was free will. With the creation of the fish and the birds, a huge sector of creation could move voluntarily over a wide space, with no fences or boundaries to enforce their movement, and could determine the time of choice for any activity at all.
HOWEVER, concurrent with that vast freedom came the implicit responsibility to synchronize with God’s provisions. Failure to migrate in the time that God provided would result in the death of that bird. Failure to nest in synchronicity with God’s season would likely have prejudicial consequences for the first and subsequent generations. Failure to get up early and search for food would result in harder work during the heat of the day for some birds. Failure to spawn at the right time and place would have consequences for a breed of fish.
Similarly, the Giver as an individual or as a community has the freedom to choose their timing, but that freedom is somewhat of an illusion since all time is not created equal. Failure to synchronize to God’s windows of opportunity will cause the freedom of being passive to become the prison of becoming powerless.
A second significant picture of the Giver’s alignment with time is seen in the furniture of the Tabernacle/Temple. The Altar of Incense represents the work of the Giver tribe. And there, God allowed no freedom at all. Twice a day, at the same time the lamps (Exhorter) were tended, the priest was to offer incense on that altar. No exceptions. No excuses.
This too represents an aspect of alignment to time. Each Giver has a requirement from God to precisely serve Him in some facet of their life. Failure to engage with God on His terms, with disciplined regularity will result in consequences far more Draconian than searching for food in the heat of the day, but less immediately obvious.
Join me in the prayer today for sundry aspects of the Giver tribe’s alignment with God’s time.
Copyright August 2015 by Arthur Burk
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