Week 26 Monday

Urim and Thummin

Today’s scripture selection: Leviticus 7-9

Key verses: Leviticus 8:8

     There’s a bit of ancient Israelite history that has always fascinated me.  It has to do with the mysterious object or objects known as the Urim and Thummin.

     Scholars have various opinions about the Urim and Thummin – but most of what I read suggests they were two objects, perhaps flat stones, that were used for obtaining divine guidance.

     Some believe their names meant “lights and perfections” or “revelation and truth.”  Others argue that the terms might mean something more along the lines of “oracle or command.”  Still others think the terms mean “cursed or faultless” or even a simple “yes and no.”

     But whatever the Urim and Thummin were – they were used by the High Priest of the people to get a word of divine help when desperately needed.

     Most of us, these days, don’t use runes or tea leaves or casting bones or Tarot cards to gain spiritual answers – at least not those in mainline Christianity.  And in fact, there are strict warnings against using the wrong kind of practices to gain such supernatural guidance.

     But, the idea of turning to God for answers is a good one.  In fact, I’d say it is the best idea when the stakes are high and the right answer really matters.

     Again, it doesn’t have to involve some fancy ritual.  A few well-chosen words of prayer should do the trick.

     But know this – God answers sincere prayer.

     We may not always know how; we may not always like the answer we receive.

     But seek God with all your heart, soul, and mind – and answers do come – every single time.

Prayer: Lord, open my eyes and my heart to your guidance.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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