Memorizing Scripture can be daunting.
There is a portion of the Sermon on the Mount that I have wanted to commit to memory for quite some time.
I struggle with successfully memorizing Scripture.
Honestly, my kids are better at it than I am!
I have recently adopted the mantra that I will make time for the things that matter – it is time for me to make this matter.
I have come up with a system to memorize Matthew 5:3-12 in 50 days.
Why 50 days?
If you follow Faith Filled Parenting, you know that our family is celebrating all of the biblical feasts and holidays for the first time this year.
For 2016, April 24th begins the Counting of the Omer.
The Counting of the Omer is the 50 days between the Early Firstfruits and the Latter Firstfruits. Firstfruits means “a promise to come.”
The Early Firstfruits is the day following the Sabbath right after Passover.
In biblical times, this involved waving the firstfruits before the Lord in its natural state, such as wheat, barley, or grapes. This was waved before God to acknowledge the land that God had given to the Israelites.
For Christians, Christ is the first fruits of the Harvest.
We count the 50 days between the Resurrection of Christ and Pentecost.
Therefore, the Latter FirstFruits is Pentecost.
In biblical times, this was the time that the firstfruits were waved before the Lord in their prepared state, such as bread or wine.
In between the Early Firstfruits and the Latter Firstfruits comes the Counting of the Omer.
These are the 50 days that we will use to memorize the portion of Scripture.
These 50 days are a time of great anticipation as we wait for our future coming union with Christ.
We will be counting the Omer as a family by using a chart to mark off the days. Each day we will memorize a portion of the Sermon on the Mount.
There are a couple of words to learn each day.
The next day adds a few more words to what we just learned until the entire portion is memorized.
I have found this method very effective. With this printable, I plan on following through this time!
What is the Counting of the Omer?
Omer in Judaism is a sheaf of corn or omer of grain presented as an offering on the second day of Passover.
The Counting of the Omer is the fifty days in between the Early FirstFruits and the Latter FirstFruits.
Each evening, this blessing is recited:
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe who has sanctified us with His commandments, commanding us to count the omer.
Then the countdown, such as “Today is the fifth day of the Omer” is stated.
Followed by the most important part: the portion of Scripture to memorize.
Counting the Omer is to look joyfully forward to the coming of Christ.
Our Messiah’s Resurrection is the firstfruits, or promise, of the believer’s resurrection.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. – 1 Cor 15:20
In Proverbs 3:9, we are taught as Christians to honor the Lord with our substance, and with the firstfruits of all our increase. Just as the Israelites were not to eat their new harvest until God’s part was offered to Him, we must begin every day seeking Him, start every meal thanking Him, and entering all affairs of our life with Him.
We too must always seek the kingdom of God first.
Are you interested in memorizing the Sermon on the Mount with us?
Placing this verse into our heart and our children’s heart is such an excellent and attainable goal. Make the next 50 days count and commit this portion of Scripture to memory.