This was the second time that i had to rip out a page from by project Bible. I have actually been posting about a day behind my writing for the last 4 or 5 days. I do my chapter copying, but then i’m just so exhausted from going to bed 10:30-11:00 pm and getting up at 5:00 am (after being up for 30 min to an hour in the middle of the night with a crying baby) that after i finish my chapter (generally 6:00-6:45 am) i go back to sleep until 7:00 am instead of doing my post.
Well, yesterday i was supposed to finish ch. 7, so today i started chapter 8. About halfway through, i realized that i had never finished chapter 7! I had gotten to around verse 25 yesterday when i was so exhausted that i stopped to sleep and was going to go back and finish it later in the day. Needless to say, i was more than a little annoyed, but what could i do about it. There was no way to simply paste in the missing verses, so i had to tear out the page, redo some of the work that i had lost, and finished the second half of chapter 7. On a positive note, now my writing and my posts are on the same page!
Well, Leviticus 7 is not anything overly new. There are more instructions for the priests concerning the sacrifices and when, where, and how to do what needs to be done. One thing i did note however, is that this chapter includes a whole lot about what of the offerings belongs to the priest. Every few verses it seems that there is a statement that this portion belongs to the priests, or that piece is for Aaron and his sons forever. It’s not that those things haven’t been stated in previous chapters. This chapter just seems to have a whole lot more to say.
Proof that i do make mistakes.
Take 2: The second time’s a charm (or more of a charm) in this case. I actually pulled out the page that my first version of Chapter 22 was on and just redid the entire page. Here’s a picture of the first version.
A very long time ago i stopped believing in coincidences. I kept seeing God’s hand at work in what seemed to be insignificant and random situations. I began to understand and see God’s work and has His hands even in the little things. Sometimes i would start to see the connections right away, other times it would be a while before it started to become clear. Other times i never saw any connection at all. As a result, i try to make it a point to keep an eye out for those kinds of situations.
So i have been trying to find the connection between the event (my messing up that chapter), the missing verses (7-8), and the content of the chapter. So far i haven’t made any connections. I find it interesting that the two verses that are missing are the dialogue between Abraham and Isaac about where the sacrifice is, and that Abraham tells him that God will provide (has provided?) it. It almost seems like the missing page is like the missing sacrifice… only they don’t really connect beyond that statement. I know, i’m pulling at straws here… but then sometimes when you pull at straws, you end up finding a horse that you would not have found if you had just let the straw go.
In this chapter, Abraham takes a risk. It’s not really a risk… at least not the kind he thinks, but it sure must seem that to him. On the one hand, he loves his son very much. This is the son that he has been wanting and waiting for for possibly over a hundred years. This is his promised son. Yet God, the LORD, YHWH turns around and tells him that he must give up / sacrifice his son. This is the same God who had promised and provided him with this son. This is the LORD that gave him this joy in his old age. This is the same YHWH who now asks him to do the impossible. So what does he do? He obeys.
What seems to Abraham to be a loss is, because of his obedience, an amazing blessing in disguise. God sees / helps Abraham to see that he loves and worships nothing more than YHWH. As a result, what could have been lost, became a symbol of love. So what does that mean for us? Do we have something that we are risking putting between us and God? Is there something that we make more important to us (lord over us) than the LORD Himself? That could be a relationship, a job, a self-centered attitude, a grudge / unforgiveness, a theology (belief about God), or something else entirely. God may be asking you or i to give that thing up on the alter to Him. Are you, am i willing to do what God calls us to? What could happen if we do? What will happen if we don’t?
Well, it was bound to happen. It’s what happens when you get up really early, are too tired, and attempt to do a project of this detail and magnitude. I went through, finished my chapter itself. I went back to fill in the spaces with the names of God, and i realized that somehow i completely missed verses seven and eight. This is where Isaac questioned Abraham about the offering and Abraham told him that God would provide.
So tomorrow i’m going to have to go back through and either redo the section, redo the entire chapter, or redo the entire page. That’s one of the problems with handwriting something. If you make a mistake, you can’t just undo and redo. You have to fix it, adjust to it, or start the page over from scratch. It kind of forces you to re-think how you do things. It requires that you think through what you want to say before you start saying it, lest you make a mistake and have to deal with the consequences of it. That part of the process is definitely a positive and a negative.
O.K. Tomorrow we start this chapter over again, and possibly do chapter 23 as well. We’ll see.
John Camiolo Jr.