Sometimes I forget, or don’t realize or even understand, that our world is a world in progress.

It had a beginning and it is moving toward a conclusion. Followed closely by a new beginning!

The Bible begins in the book of Genesis with the statement: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…

The Bible ends with a promise: Behold, I make all things new!

There is a small word in the Bible that is often used, and often overlooked. It is the word ‘Very.’

The word very is a VERY emphatic word.

It signals that a remarkable point has been made.

One well known example of the use of this significant word is recorded in the book of Daniel when Daniel stated that the temple sanctuary would be polluted for 2300 days.

Daniel 8:14

Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, “How long until the fulfillment of the vision of the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host to be trampled?” (Daniel 8:14)

He said to me, “It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be properly restored.”

And on that very day, it was!

In accordance with Daniels prophecy, it was exactly 2300 days, (six and a half years) to the very day when the temple was cleansed and restored.

Very days are exact days and related to both time and actions.

Here are just a few examples from Scripture:

Genesis 7:13
On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark…

Genesis 17:23
On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and circumcised them…
Exodus 12:17
Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt…

Exodus 12:41
At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD’s divisions left Egypt…

Exodus 12:51
And on that very day the LORD brought the Israelites out of Egypt by their divisions…

Exodus 19:1
On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt, on that very day they came to the Desert of Sinai…

Leviticus 23:14
You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the very day you bring this offering to your God. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.

Esther 1:18
This very day the noble women of Persia and Media who have heard of the queen’s behavior will say the same to all the king’s officials, and there will be contempt and wrath in plenty.

Ezekiel 24:2
“Son of man, record this date, this very date because the king of
Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day. …

Psalm 146:4
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing…

Joshua 5:11
The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain…

Esther 1:18
This very day the noble women of Persia and Media who have heard about the queen’s conduct will say the same thing to all the king’s officials, resulting in much contempt and wrath…
1 Kings 1:30
I will surely carry out this very day what I swore to you by the LORD, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne …

Joshua 22:3
For a long time now—to this very day—you have not deserted your fellow Israelites but have carried out the mission the Lord your God gave you.

Acts 26:22
But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen…

God has set a day, an exact day when he is going to judge the world in righteousness. Let us be ever mindful as we live each day that was appointed to us before the beginning of time.

Acts 17:30
“Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent because He has set a day when He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Jesus from the dead.”

James 4:14
…yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes…

It’s impossible to grasp that on the very day the Lord has appointed, each of us will stand before Him.

Until then, let us taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8

Teach us To Number Our Days, Lord!