There used to be days when I sat down to just ‘read’ the Bible. Check it off the list. Feeling good about myself.
Not any longer.
Now I hear God’s voice in my head as I try to discern what he’s telling me in every sentence. Well, not in every sentence – some of the lists of names and assignments get a quick read – but I’ve learned there is gold in a few of those things as well.
I’m not reading the Bible, God is reading it to me.
And I don’t want to miss a thing. So I study it. I ask God to open my eyes and my heart so I can understand. I ponder it ( that’s a great old word, isn’t it?)
This morning I was reading in 1 Chronicles (one of the books I used to skim through) the historical account of David purchasing the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. Sounded pretty insignificant at first. David chose this spot to build an altar to God asking him to stop the plague that had started because of David’s sin.
Wait a minute!
A little research shows that this was the same spot where Abraham obeyed God by building an altar to sacrifice Isaac. David may not have known that but the Spirit of God who was living within David knew that.
This was the place where Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his son. This was the spot where David built his altar to stop the plague brought on by sin.
And – later – David picked this spot to build the Temple of the Lord. The Temple was built on ground that was made holy by David’s sacrifices on the altar. The Temple was a place where people came to worship and meet with God.
All of this points to the coming Messiah, God’s son, who would be sacrificed to stop the plague of death brought on by the sins of the world so that all people – including you and I – can meet with God on a personal level.
This was no ordinary threshing floor.
I’m glad I didn’t miss that!
Thank you, Abba Father.