Tuesday, February 14, 2012

He Must Increase-Day 45

This morning I was reading Numbers 7 where the 12 tribal leaders brought their gifts for the dedication of the Tabernacle. The leaders of each of the twelve tribes brought the exact same gifts:

"His offering consisted of a silver platter weighing 31⁄4 pounds and a silver basin weighing 13⁄4 pounds (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). These were both filled with grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil. He also brought a gold container weighing four ounces,[c] which was filled with incense. 15 He brought a young bull, a ram, and a one-year-old male lamb for a burnt offering, 16 and a male goat for a sin offering. 17 For a peace offering he brought two bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five one-year-old male lambs. This was the offering brought by Nahshon son of Amminadab."

What's interesting (or maybe slightly OCD) is that Moses (the presumed author) wrote the exact same description over and over again. He listed all of those things for each of the 12 leaders. And, in case you're wondering, he didn't just use copy and paste. He had to painstakingly write out what amounts to 89 verses of repetitive information. I can't say definitively, but the leaders took great care to bring the prescribed offering to the tabernacle. They did it right. They did what they were supposed to do. It's almost as if Moses was saying, "Let the record show that each one of these men did it right." What a challenging idea. When the book that is my life is written (I'm speaking metaphorically because no one writes books about boring people like me) what will the record show? Those men weren't perfect, but they did some things right. And what was their legacy? People remembered their faithfulness. If all we ever strive for iss faithfulness what would the record show? What would the details reveal?

Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Numbers 7


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