Thursday, October 08, 2009

This week's lesson: Numbers 5-6

Okay, so Numbers 5-6 tells us how to:
  • deal with various and sundry menaces to public health,
  • make peace for wrongs done,
  • judge a case of "he said/she said,"
  • provide a way for somebody to do something something special with their life,
  • and bless God's people in the proper manner.
And if you just added a School Board meeting and the purchase of a new copier, this would sound pretty much like my "to do" list for today.

Ministry is not just Thinking Great Thoughts, after all; neither is it just Doing Great Things. And even though Moses got to talk with God on a face-to-face basis, it would seem that they didn't spend all of their time discussing Life, the Universe, and Everything.

No, sometimes they talked about lepers.

And messy divorces.

And what to do if a Nazirite trips over a corpse.

And I'm sure there were times Moses walked away from these conversations, shaking his head and saying to himself, "God called me to do this?"

Well, yes.

Anytime you lead people, after all, you get to deal with a host of subjects -- from the ridiculous to the sublime, and back to the ridiculous again. One minute, you're trying the determine the date of the Exodus; the next, you're sorting out whose child is old enough to move from Kindergarten to Primary. (And if you think that first task is sublime while the other is ridiculous, then I can think of at least two parents who would disagree with you!)

To be sure, there's are times when we do get to Think Great Thoughts and Do Great Things -- times when our ministry has all the beauty of the blessing in Numbers 6:22-26.

But there's more to our job than just those verses. No, in order to reach that blessing . . .

We need to get through the other stuff first.

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