The Fifth Day of Christmas

Dear Friend,

The Twelve Days of Christmas are the twelve days between Christmas Day, Dec. 25th, the birth of Jesus, and the Epiphany, Jan. 6th (epiphany being the Greek word for manifestation).

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” song has its origins in spiritual symbolism-and with a serious purpose.

Each element is a code word for a religious truth.

All the gifts sent on the subsequent days of Christmas were gifts disguised in the words of the song that come to all who believe in the love and truth of God.

The song’s gifts are hidden meanings to the teachings of faith and belief.  The “true love” mentioned in the song doesn’t refer to an earthly suitor, it refers to God. The “me” who receives the presents refers to everyone who believes.

“On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me; five golden rings.” The five golden rings are called the Books of Law as they give the history of humanity and God’s response of grace in the creation of a people to be a light to the world.

The first five books of the Bible are known as the Books of Law because they contain the laws and instruction given by God to the people; the recipients of the covenants of promise; the promise to bless the nations.

GENESIS (The Book of Beginnings)

Beginnings: Genesis not only means ‘beginning’, but it is the book of beginnings. The book of Genesis gives us our historical point of reference, from which all subsequent revelation proceeds. In the book of Genesis all the major themes of the Bible have their origin. It is a book of many beginnings: in it we see the beginning of the universe, of man and woman, of human sin and the fall of the race, the beginning of God’s promises of salvation. It is the account of God’s activity in history.

EXODUS (The Book of Redemption)

Redemption and deliverance are the prevailing themes in Exodus. This book continues the history of God’s people, describes their deliverance and their development as a nation, a theocracy under God. It describes the call to lead the people out of their bondage and into the promised land. Once the people had arrived in the wilderness or desert, God gave them His righteous law and declared that they were a treasured possession to Him.  This holy law, including the Ten Commandments, demonstrated God’s holiness, taught them how to love God and one another, but in the process, it also demonstrated how all fall short of the holiness of God and need a way of access to God that provides forgiveness.

LEVITICTICUS (The Book of Holiness)

Leviticus says, “Be holy, because I am holy.” The directives given in this book was to walk before God as a holy people. It was designed to teach people how to worship and walk with God and (2) how the nation was to fulfill its calling as a nation of holy men. The great theme of this book is holiness.

NUMBERS (Wilderness Wanderings)

Though Numbers gets its name from the numbering of the people, it is primarily concerned with nearly 40 years of wandering in the desert. A journey which should have only lasted eleven days became a 38-year agony of defeat simply because of the disbelief and disobedience of the people. Numbers, then, shows the consequence of failing to mix faith with the promises of God. Further, Numbers teaches us that while life does have its wilderness experiences, God’s people do not have to stay in those conditions. Another important theme shown throughout the book of Numbers is found in God’s continual care for his people. Over and over again, regardless of their rebellion and unbelief, He miraculously supplied their needs. He provided them with water, manna, and quail. He continued to love and forgive the people even when they complained, grumbled, and rebelled against Him.

DEUTERONOMY (Reiteration and Reviewing)

Watch yourself lest you forget.  After forty years of wandering in the wilderness, the people were on the eve of entering the promised land. Before they did, it was necessary (lest they forget what God had done and who they were) that they be reminded about all that God had done for them and about God’s holy law which was so vital to their ability to remain in the land and function as God’s holy nation.  As a part of this theme or purpose, the book also emphasizes the vital necessity of teaching children to love and obey God. This book ends with the renewal of God’s covenant. Give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons. So watch yourselves, lest you forget the promise of God, which He made with you. Your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the promise with your fathers which He swore to them.

The five books of laws tell us so much as a way to be and live in life. Love God. Love one another. Learn Forgiveness. Believe regardless of what “your wilderness” looks like. Never forget God’s loving promise to lead you to your “promised land.”

Today, take a moment to really see all the good that surrounds you and to receive all the wonderful gifts that await you.

God Bless,
Kandee G


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