I’m noticing some subtle changes in my attitude from time to time. There are times where I feel more at peace than before. Almost more spiritual than before. I also find that there are times where I don’t feel like reflecting or writing anything. Instead I just want to read. This has been one of those weeks.
I didn’t have much to say about Numbers today. Just for my own recollection I’ve included the subtitles for each chapter if I don’t write anything else.
I noticed something the other day during the eclipse. It was also something else that I experienced during a funeral recently. I’m starting to feel more spiritual. I can’t really explain it, but I’ll try. I have always been good at distinguishing science and religion and that’s not changing. The thing that is changing is that I’m feel that I’m able to appreciate things in a different way than I could before. I’m having a hard time putting into words that make sense, so I’ll have to come back to this throughout the process. Let me share a picture from the eclipse, that should help:
Numbers 6: Chapter is all about instructions for people who want to be nazirites. The rules for them are interesting. They are supposed to stay pure while in this position. According to the notes in the CEB study bible (p. 213 OT), “a nazirite is not an ethnic description but a special category for a person who has vowed to perform a sacred duty.” Does this still exist?
I saw a total solar eclipse for the first time ever today. It was cloudy, but wow was it an amazing experience. I loved it. I will have to do another one in the future.
Reading this introduction made me think about how much I’m writing during this process. I’m noticing that during times when I’m busy with other things I start to feel bad or guilty when I don’t write much. It becomes a burden, and it shouldn’t be that way. I will continue to write about what I read and sometimes it will be just a summary of what I read that day. But I think it will help me continue through this journey. Because this is tough stuff.
Leviticus 27: The sole title in the CEB version is dedications. The notes actually say that this chapter “looks like an appendix containing rules and instructions about payments” (p. 198 OT).