I couldn’t think of anything to blog about today, so I decided to look back in time and see what I was doing on this day in my blogging past.
On March 16th 2009 (the first March 16th experienced by my blog) I didn’t actually post, but I can remember what I was doing based on the posts surrounding it. It was a Monday. I had arrived in South Africa three days earlier, and I spent Monday in the SCO office in Cape Town, meeting members of the team, and being taken through the STEM (South African Relay) folder by my fellow STEMmer, (and current SCO staff-worker) Bulelani.
On March 16th 2010 I did blog. I was doing my first blog-every-day-for-a-month, and apparently I was similarly stuck for words. I also know what was going on in the rest of my life (which I didn’t actually share at the time) namely, I was in between having had an interview for the job I now have, and hearing whether or not I’d got the job. Nervousness abounded.(Is abounded really a word? The online dictionary tells me that it’s correct, but it just doesn’t sound quite right.)
This March 16th I went to Durham to do some Hebrews study with lovely Heather and lovely Jo. Then this evening I visited the Newcastle CU committee at their first ever committee meeting. Good times.
Anybody do anything exciting today?
March 16th reading: Numbers 25-27
Lots and lots of lists of names today – Moses is doing a census. It’s mostly sons obviously, but daughters get mentioned twice that I can see, firstly in 26:33, when it’s explained that “Zelophehad son of Hepher had no sons; he had only daughters, whose names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah”, and in v.43 when we’re told that “Asher had a daughter named Serah.”
In chapter 27 we find out about the first daughters, who come to Moses and request an inheritance, because since their father didn’t join in the rebellion with Korah (chapter 16) he shouldn’t be left out of the list, and ‘disappear from the clan’, just because he had no sons. Evidently, God agrees, and so they get a share of inheritance too. Which is rather good news for them.
However, Asher did have sons, and there doesn’t seem to be an obvious reason why Serah’s mentioned. So that will be my question for today – any thoughts?
Also in chapter 27 we see Joshua announced as Moses’ successor. It is interesting to see the reason that Moses calls on God to choose someone to replace him.
“May the LORD, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the LORD’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.” 27:16-17
For then it was Moses, and about to become Joshua, but they’re all waiting for the shepherd, who’ll lay down his life for the sheep, and lead them out of death and into life.
In summary: glad that Jesus is my shepherd.