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THE BEAVER MEETS OBED-EDOM

1 Chron. 15:1 – 16:36, Romans 1:18-32, Ps. 10:1-15, Prov. 19:6-7

 As a seasoned reader, I enjoyed the normal yet special reminders about life watching the sitcom Leave it to Beaver. I knew, like they were my friends, the wise father Ward, the caring mother June (who vacuumed in a dress and pearls) and big brother Wally and his reprobate friend Eddie. Then of course the youngest, the innocent, the most inquisitive son was the Beaver.

I daydream and wonder if the Beaver would ask his parents, “Are there normal people in the Bible?” After all, today’s Bible reading has King David bringing the Ark to Jerusalem and all that hoopla.

Ward and June look at each other and think, good question. But Ward considers and responds, “Beav, Obed-edom was a normal man but God made him special.” “Dad, why should I be interested in Obed-edom?”  “Remember, earlier in 1 Chronicles, the Ark is left in Obed–edom’s back yard?”  The Beav remembers. “Yeah, Dad it was like they left Obed-edom saying, ‘sorry about the Ark and leaving it in your yard. Hope you don’t get ‘smoted!’ ” 

Mom replies, “Well, maybe. Obed-edom was normal and had two choices…”   Beav interrupts, “Move or sell tickets, right?”  “Not exactly, Beav,” Mom tries to regain her composure. “He could be thankful in responding to God like Romans 1.” “But if he sold tickets it could turn into Psalms 10:1-15.” The Beaver perked up, “both those people thought God does not see them so they can choose to do all the bad stuff they want.”  “Yes.” Finally mom digs for the light bulb moment in her dear son. “What made him special, Beav?” “What choice did Obed-edom make and what was his result?”

After reading today’s reading again, Beaver found several cool choices Obed-edom had in his life that brought him closer to God. God made him special. Even Proverbs 19:6-7 gets meaning with Obed-edom: with Gatekeeping you are not too rich and not too poor. It was ok to be normal. Normal people can be “thankful and close to God, and normal, yet special.”

I pray today, “Lord, help our normal choices bring us closer to You.”

But leave it to Beaver to tell his parents, “I want to meet Obed-edom and see his family T-shirt.” Ward and June have got to know, “What’s on Obed-edom’s family T-shirt?” I think it went like this:

Cool Choices Close to God.

Obed-edom and Sons – Gatekeepers for the King

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HEIRSHIP

 I Chronicles 9:1-10:14

It seems like two lifetimes ago, but when I was a sophomore at Wheaton I took an Old Testament course on I & 2 Samuel; I & 2 Kings; and I and 2 Chronicles. The professor was an archeologist that had participated in digs throughout the Holy Land and each time we began a new section he would do a slide presentation of digs that dealt directly with the material he was presenting. It literally brought Scripture to life for me in a very exciting way.

Now, having said this, your assumption would naturally be that I would be writing concerning Saul’s and his sons’ deaths at the end of this passage. After all it is topical, there is a certain amount of drama and there is a very teachable lesson contained here. Maybe I should… no, I better go with my original thought… Have you ever read anything more boring than the genealogies contained here and in other locations in Scripture? You cannot pronounce most of the names and you begin to think “maybe I can just skip over this section and go right to the important stuff.” At least that is what I have thought on numerous occasions. So, why are they here? The same professor that made these books come alive for me had a very logical way of looking at this. If you were of the family of Levi and wanted to work in the temple or claim family property this would be the most important information in these chapters. And, the other genealogies in the previous chapters would be used by other family members to prove their rights or claims to family property.

Then the professor said that with the coming of Christ that all changed. “So in Christ Jesus we are all children of God through faith…” We no longer have to prove that we are of the right family, or the right religion, or the right race, or the right gender, or the right whatever demographic you would want to put here. So the next time you come upon a long list of genealogies in your Bible reading I hope you smile and read every word, mispronouncing and all. Then, when you have finished, say a short prayer thanking God that we belong because we are Christ’s.

 

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