So, you all know I switched to a chronological Bible recently, and I’m reading the section called The
Birth of Israel which includes Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
Let me just get this out of the way right now and confess
that this section is one of my least favorites in the entire Bible. I was never
a history buff (still not!) and I get bogged down in so many details. Exact
dimensions for the tabernacle, procedures and instructions for offerings and
sacrifices, descriptions of the festivals, census numbers and names from the
tribes, etc. You know what I mean?
Now don’t get me wrong. Some really cool events happened in
these particular books that are still applicable to life today. Like when
Jethro, Moses’s father-in-law showed up to find Moses busy listening to the
Israelites’ disputes from morning until evening. “Why are you trying to do all
this alone…?” Jethro asked, then proceeded to lecture Moses about burnout and advised
him to appoint leaders over the people to help carry the load. How many of you
feel washed out, limp as a dishrag by the end of the day? Yeah, I hear you.
Every day, I pound away at the keyboard in my quiet home
office, but I’m not really alone. My crazy adorable dog keeps me company inside
while a wildlife parade (wild turkey, fox, ducks, geese, rabbits, turtles, squirrels,
birds) entertains me outside my office window.
I usually escape the house to
meet hubby somewhere for lunch, and while many miles may separate us, friends
and family are just a click away. And Jethro nailed it when he talked about
burnout. If I don’t schedule regular times to relax and disconnect, fatigue sneaks
up and forces me to, whether through illness or just plain rebellion. And what
about the 10 commandments? Who could argue that society wouldn’t be better off
if more people valued and lived by these basic rules?
But over the last few days reading through these books again,
I felt a little nudge.
A few days later, that nudge became an audible voice as hubby’s
Bible plan read aloud.
“You kept your word to
David my father, your promise. You did exactly what You promised—every detail.” (2 Chron 6:15 MSG)
Cool, right? That “ahh” moment when you realize God just
spoke to you!
Not just the big ticket items like when you’re sitting
across the desk from a doctor and you hear that terrifying medical prognosis, a
look of finality and pity staring back at you. Or the day your boss calls you
into his office and closes the door and the next thing you know, you’re cleaning
out ten or twenty or thirty years of stuff from your desk, cramming it into a
banker’s box as if all those decades of experience meant nothing, to make room
for someone younger. And you better believe He’s there, His arm wrapped around
your back holding you up when you’re hunched over an open grave, waiting for
your loved one to be lowered into a hole and swallowed up by earth, agonizing
how one second, one breath, ripped your life right out of normal and hurled it
into some place unrecognizable, some place you never expected or asked to go.
But He’s also in the thousands of tiny specifics that I tend
to skim over without much regard. How my body processes the foods I eat. How my stories come
together, from a speck of an idea to an outline, to characters then hundreds of
pages. Whether technology works on any particular day. What roads I take –or
don’t take— as I drive around town. The people He plants in my path while my dog
drags me around the park or while getting a carwash or my hair cut. Whether the
lawn mower will crank or if I’ll have to call hubby for help.
God is there. In the details, in the minutia of everyday life, waiting for us to acknowledge His Presence just like we do during the major events.
So, instead of rushing to get to the Old Testament books I
typically enjoy more like Psalms, Isaiah or Jeremiah, I’m forcing myself to
slow down and savor the details.
What about you? Do you skim these particular passages of the Bible?
Which OT books are your favorites?
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