“Sitting Shiva” So the stone was very

“Sitting Shiva”

So the stone was very large (Mark 16:4), it would take many to have moved it, but an angel of the Lord came and did just that.

The angel then did something that perhaps can be easily missed in the excitement of the events … He sat down on top of the stone!

The importance is this: the ‘sitting shiva’.

You may never have come across that term unless you are a Jew.
During the mourning period known as ‘shiva’ mourners would sit on low stools as near to the ground as they could. Remember how Jobs friends could not recognise Job because of his suffering and for 7 days and nights they sat on the ground and in the dirt with him (Job 2:13)? Similarly the shiva would last one week following the loss of a loved one and the people would demonstrate their heartaches by bringing themselves as low as possible.

But the angel was sat high on top of the stone which was used to stop people coming to steal the body of Christ.
The angel was demonstrating to the women that this was not a funeral site, there was no mourning here, no need to sit shiva today!

No. For us today we are not sitting low to the ground. We are as Apostle Paul said, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭6‬.

Your circumstance may be trying to bring you low, you may even have those feelings.
But the Bible says that’s not where you are sitting. You are raised high, seated high.
And that stone of circumstance which the enemy tried to use to silence you has now become your very own pulpit declaring that Christ is alive in you and you are alive in Him!

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