Reading Exodus, and the specific procedures relating to the tabernacle duties, I’m trying to engage my imagination and critical faculties (creak creak!), and trying not to just let it float by without reflection. It’s tough though: it’s not a direct lesson – we are not OT Jewish priests! We don’t have to prepare sacrifices, wear special garments, use Urim and Thummim.
But the lesson of some of the scriptures is not direct, and requires inference. Can I trust that “All scripture is breathed out by God and is useful…”
We don’t always learn short pithy lessons from the bible. Some lessons are slow. Some lessons God teaches over the course of generations, not minutes or days. Equally, a lesson may be learned over the course of a chapter or a book that could not have been expressed in a verse.
So I’m reminding myself to be patient in these chapters: not to resent things that seem irrelevant to me as I live my ADHD, entertainment-craving, impatient lifestyle! Submit my busy brain to the words of God, and let them teach me His lessons.
So here’s a few questions: why are these scriptures useful? How would our experience as Christians be less if we never read these passages? What approach to them will cause them to come alive to us and become eminently relevant?
We’ve been reading relatively engaging narrative up to this point, so I think it’s important that we consider these questions, to give us the right attitude as we approach books like the Psalms (after John) and the rest of the Pentateuch.
Numbers 1; Psalm 35; Ecclesiastes 11; Titus 3 PSALM 35 IS ONE OF THE PSALMS GIVEN OVER to the theme of vindication (see also the meditation of April 10). They make many Christians uncomfortable. The line between vindication and vindictiveness sometimes seems a little thin. How can the line of reasoning in this psalm ever be made to square with the teaching o […]