What is your plan for your daily Bible reading? There are many to guide and direct and so make it a daily habit. And what do you do with first Chronicles, for instance, with all its ‘begats’? [Or, like so many, you sort of tend to skim them lightly?]
The question came up in a Sunday morning Bible class, “Pastor, why do we have such lists in the bible? Is it simply for discipline, or why”?
So we looked at what is considered by many the most boring chapter in the bible. It’s Numbers chapter 7. Take a look at it.
It’s a long chapter, 89 verses in total. And 12 sets of verses say exactly the same thing. The chapter deals with the gifts the twelve tribes bring as an offering for the dedication of the Tabernacle. The offerings are exactly the same, and they are reported in exactly the same way, and no matter how many are in each tribe – and the numbers vary widely – each tribe brings the very same offering.
Now, since “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for correction for reproof, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good work.” 2 Tim 3, 16.17. What lesson is there for us?
The one that sticks out for me is that before God we are all equal. God does not ask the larger tribes to bring more, or the smaller tribes to bring less. Their gifts, listed in total, are exactly the same.
` So the chapter, instead of boring and even neglected for that reason, stands high in telling me that you and I, wherever we may be living and working and serving him, are equal in His sight. And the sentence we learned early in our Christian life, “For God so loved the world”, takes on fresh meaning.
May God bless the learning.