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.

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