I’m a procrastinator by nature. I’ve worked hard to learn from the negative consequences of my procrastination, and in some ways I have gotten much better. Still, the better angels of our nature give way from time to time to those parts of ourselves we cannot will away.
For over five years I’ve been blogging on a chapter of God’s Message every weekday (well, almost every week day). It’s been my unstated goal to write a blog post on every chapter. There are a few books, however, which I’ve procrastinated wading through. Now three of them stand between me and my goal like the giant monoliths of Stonehenge: Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
I’ve procrastinated these three books because the road through them can be long and dry. They can easily illicit more questions than providing inspirational answers. They are, however, part of the landscape of his-story, God’s story. They provide context to the whole and are critical to getting the big picture of the plan God reveals for the redemption of fallen man.
The Hobbit is a great story on its own merit, but understanding the history of the little ring Bilbo stumbles upon in the dark tunnels of the Misty Mountains adds an entirely new appreciation for the broader and more serious implications of the sweet bed time story. For anyone who has wandered into the long, exhaustive appendices of Tolkein’s epic tale, you can think of the next stretch of our chapter-a-day journey in similar terms.
So, here we go. Lace up the walking shoes. Bring plenty of provisions. Ninety-seven chapters divided into three books. I hope you’ll stick with me. After that, just two minor prophetic books consisting of 24 chapters and my goal of blogging on every chapter will be complete.