The Bible in 90 Days
Day 10: Leviticus 26:27-Numbers 8:14 || Read the CEB online.
One of the things that’s interesting about the Bible is that it resists our efforts to make it all about us. Again, we’re overhearing words spoken and written originally to people who are not us! So, when we ask, “Why should I care about the census taken in the wilderness?” or “What does it mean that the Tribe of Naphtali had 53,400 people listed?” we’re actually asking the wrong questions.
Sometimes, the Bible is simply uninterested in our queries. It sometimes is arcane. It sometimes goes down a rabbit trail that we don’t understand at all. Laws, census data, correspondence between long-gone churches and pastors, philosophical quandaries, love poetry–it’s all there in the Bible, and that’s what makes it so mysterious and wonderful! If the Bible isn’t answering a question that we here and now have, it isn’t that God can’t answer that question…but maybe, just maybe, we aren’t asking the right ones.
It’s not all about us.
And there are plenty of concerns we have that simply weren’t shared by the people God began speaking to in the Bible. Though we often turn to the Bible for answers in our lives, it isn’t an instruction manual like our cars or toaster ovens have. It doesn’t have a “troubleshooting” section in the back. And it asks more questions of us than we do of it. Maybe, it’s time to change the question from “God, why aren’t you answering my question?” to “God, what questions of yours am I not answering?”
What’s one thing you wish the Bible answered?
What’s one thing you think the Bible is asking you today?
Share your thoughts in the comments below,
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