Do you ever read a chapter or a book of the Bible and think, “Man! Is all this really necessary?”
Some books and chapters of the Bible can be really difficult to read… I’m talking [about] difficult names, repetitive sentences, etc. making for super lengthy chapters. One of such chapters is Numbers 7… It has 88 fun verses!
I haven’t always been here and to be sincere, it did take a while to get to this point where I now believe that every part of the Bible is necessary, specifically chosen and has something to teach us about the nature of God and how we ought to live. 2 Timothy 3:16 expresses this wonderfully:
All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage];
2 Timothy 3:16 AMP
Also, even in those loooong, difficult-to-read chapters, the Bible’s overarching theme of the love of God remains.
Case in point: Numbers 7.
This is a chapter that outlines the offerings that each tribe of Israel brings at the dedication of the Tabernacle. After verse 11, every next 5 or so verses seems to be saying about the same thing because the family heads all present what appears to be the exact same offerings.
It almost seems as if verse 12 to verse 83 could very well have been omitted especially since from verses 84 to 88, we get a summary of the offerings that came in from all the reps of the tribes.
But I don’t think verses 12-83 are irrelevant. This is the Word of God, presented exactly as God meant it to be presented.
2 MAJOR reminders about God from Numbers 7: 12-83:
1. GOD CARES ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL.
God cares about you.
Each of the leaders representing each of the tribes is mentioned by name and then the list of what he brings follows.
God considers each of us as individuals and He deals with each of us according to the measure of grace He Himself dispensed to us. [Ephesians 4:7 NIV]
2. GOD CARES ABOUT [THE] DETAILS.
God cares about the details of our lives, the details of what we do, etc.
For each of the leaders, even though they all brought just about the exact same things, the Bible takes the time and pains to record each person’s offering, when exactly they brought it and item by item.
So, this is encouragement (and a bit of “pressure” too) for me: who I am matters to God and what I do matters to God too!
May God give grace for anyone who is in that place of “nothing I do matters” to experience the delightfully enlightening truth of how precious you are to God. You matter because the One who crafted you did so intentionally. Regardless of what you believe or what you’ve been told, you’re not a lab experiment gone wrong or a mistake that could not be erased. You are very much on purpose! Your being created was celebrated by none other than the King of the universe! [Genesis 1:31a NIV]
It’s easy to think/assume that because we feel lost in the crowd, God has also probably lost us or lost track of us in the crowd too but I’m not lost in the sea of the many great believers and all the amazing things that other people are doing for God (and neither are you!) — HE SEES YOU!
For some of us, this is what our frenetic and frantic social media chase and craze is about — being seen, regardless of whether the image we project is a true reflection of who we are.
Beyond His seeing you, understand that your offering matters to Him too. [Romans 12:1 NIV]
I am God’s PERSON. Even if my life were the exact same as another person’s and I did the exact same things as this person (however unlikely this scenario is), God would still see and recognize me as me!!! The same is true for you.
Anytime you feel lost and alone or un-special, be encouraged by this truth: You, my dear one, are God’s person! God’s masterpiece! [Ephesians 2:10 NLT]
So whether you are reading genealogies with names you can’t quite pronounce or you’re reading historical accounts, the relevance of which you can’t quite grasp, or you’re reading laws and instructions that you don’t quite understand, determine that you will be present as you read these things because of whose Word it is and what He means to you.
I pray that for anyone who struggles to read [and enjoy] the Word, you will experience the joy and brightness of the light it diffuses so that the feeling that Bible reading is a tedious yet unavoidable chore is permanently dispelled.
I pray that every encounter you have with the Word of God convinces you of this truth: that God loves you, He sees you and He cares.
Enjoy this song which is a great reminder that you matter to God: