While I know that this is true I find myself doing it all the time.
Reference: v.21 The number from the tribe of Reuben was 46,500. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: They always say that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. While I know that this is true I find myself doing it all the time. If a book doesn’t have a catchy title or a funky looking cover then I’ll need a very convincing review to pick it up. Even when I’m browsing through the DVD store I always look at the pictures and try to identify the big star before entertaining the idea of watching it. I’m even ashamed to admit that I do the same thing when it comes to people. I will quickly make a judgment of someone by what they wear, how they talk and what occupation they have. I guess it’s easier said than done to not judge a book by it’s cover.
Application: When it comes to reading the Bible there are so many different names and words that I do not recognize. Then I come across the book of Numbers. I have seen that word before but I assume it would have a different meaning. But no, believe it or not Numbers is actually about counting! The very first chapter we read that Moses is instructed to count all the men in Israel. Maybe we can judge this book by it’s cover! But don’t turn off just because you’re not into math! We are able to learn about God even through numbers. Let’s not judge this book by it’s cover but be open to what it has to say to us.
Prayer: Lord, may we learn not to judge too quickly but be open to all that you can teach us in all situations. Amen.
When have you misjudged, or been misjudged?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.