Thoughts and Reflection
Today we cover a lot of ground! First, there is something different about Psalm 88. It ends in darkness while every other Psalm ends in hope. Jesus experienced darkness at the end of his life. When he was abandoned by his friends while he was in custody and before he was put to death. We have all felt this type of abandonment and this Psalm specifically speaks to us during this lonely time.
God instructs the Levites to carry the sacred objects from the Tabernacle. They couldn’t just carry them with their hands, they had to use poles since they were so holy and not touch them. Remember that only priests can approach these holy things. Just as the Levites have specific jobs to do, God appoints each family to their service tasks. This is just like us in many ways. We all have a purpose in this life and as St. John Henry Newman says, “I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.”
Moses also warns the people not to fall victim to turning to idol worship again and make the same mistakes their ancestors did. God wants to be our own God and in doing so we cannot turn to any false ones.
Do you know what your task is in this world? Pray to God today if you don’t and ask him to show you.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:
3 all the men between thirty and fifty years of age and eligible for military service, who will have their duties in the Tent of Meeting.
5 ‘When camp is broken, Aaron and his sons must come and take down the screening curtain, and cover the ark of the Testimony with it.
9 ‘They will then take a violet cloth and cover the lamp-stand, its lamps, snuffers, trays and all the oil jars used for it,
10 and will lay it and all its accessories in a covering of fine leather and put it on the litter.
12 ‘They will then take all the other objects used in the service of the sanctuary, put them in a violet cloth, with a covering of fine leather, and put it all on the litter.
14 and on this place all the objects used in the liturgy, the fire pans, hooks, scoops, sprinkling basins and all the altar accessories. Over this they will spread a covering of fine leather. They will then fix the poles to it.
15 ‘Once Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy things and all their accessories at the breaking of camp, the Kohathites willcome and carry them, but without touching any of the holy things on pain of death. Such is the load for the Kohathites in the Tent of Meeting.
16 But Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, is responsible for looking after the oil for the light, the fragrant incense, the daily cereal offering and the anointing oil, and for supervising the entire Dwelling and everything in it, the holy things and their accessories.’
17 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:
19 But deal with them in this way, so that they may survive and not incur death by approaching those things that are especially holy. Aaron and his sons will go in and assign to each of them his task and load,
20 in such a way that they have no need to incur the death penalty by going in and setting eyes on the holy things, even for an instant.’
21 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:
22 ‘Take a census of the Gershonites by families and clans, too:
23 all the men between thirty and fifty years of age, eligible for military service, who will have their duties in the Tent of Meeting.
25 They will carry the curtaining of the Dwelling, the Tent of Meeting with its covering and the covering of fine leather that goes over it, the screen for the entrance to the Tent of Meeting,
26 the curtaining of the court, the screen for the entrance to the court surrounding the Dwelling and the altar, the cords, all the accessories for worship, and all the necessary equipment. ‘They will be responsible for these things.
31 ‘The load they carry and the duties incumbent on them in the Tent of Meeting will be as follows: the framework of the Dwelling, its cross-bars, poles and sockets,
32 the poles round the court with their sockets, pegs, cords and all their tackle. You will draw up a list of their names with the loads for which each is responsible.
38 A census was taken of the Gershonites by clans and families:
42 A census was taken of the Merarite clans by clans and families:
1 ‘And now, Israel, listen to the laws and customs which I am teaching you today, so that, by observing them, you may survive to enter and take possession of the country which Yahweh, God of your ancestors, is giving you.
6 Keep them, put them into practice, and other peoples will admire your wisdom and prudence. Once they know what all these laws are, they will exclaim, “No other people is as wise and prudent as this great nation!”
8 And what great nation has laws and customs as upright as the entirety of this Law which I am laying down for you today?
9 ‘But take care, as you value your lives! Do not forget the things which you yourselves have seen, or let them slip from your heart as long as you live; teach them, rather, to your children and to your children’s children.
10 The day you stood at Horeb in the presence of Yahweh your God, Yahweh said to me, “Summon the people to me; I want them to hear me speaking, so that they will learn to fear me all the days they live on earth, and teach this to their children.”
15 ‘Hence, be very careful what you do. Since you saw no shape that day at Horeb when Yahweh spoke to you from the heart of the fire,
16 see that you do not corrupt yourselves by making an image in the shape of anything whatever: be it statue of man or of woman,
19 When you raise your eyes to heaven, when you see the sun, the moon, the stars — the entire array of heaven — do not be tempted to worship them and serve them. Yahweh your God has allotted these to all the other peoples under heaven,
20 but Yahweh has chosen you, bringing you out of the iron-foundry, Egypt, to be his own people, his own people as you still are today.
22 Yes, I am to die in this country; I shall not cross this Jordan; you will go over and take possession of that rich land.
25 ‘When you have fathered children and grandchildren and have grown old in the country, when you have grown corrupt and made some image, doing what Yahweh regards as wrong and so provoking his anger-
26 today I call heaven and earth to witness against you — you will quickly vanish from the country which you are crossing the Jordan to possess. Your days will not be prolonged there, for you will be utterly destroyed.
28 There you will serve gods made by human hand, of wood and of stone, that cannot see or hear, eat or smell.
32 ‘Put this question, then, to the ages that are past, that have gone before you, from when God created the human race on earth: Was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything like it ever heard?
33 Did ever a people hear the voice of the living God speaking from the heart of the fire, as you have heard it, and remain alive?
34 Has it ever been known before that any god took action himself to bring one nation out of another one, by ordeals, signs, wonders, war with mighty hand and outstretched arm, by fearsome terrors — all of which things Yahweh your God has done for you before your eyes in Egypt?
43 These were, for the Reubenites, Bezer in the desert on the tableland; for the Gadites, Ramoth in Gilead; for the Manassehites, Golan in Bashan.
47 and had taken possession of his country, as well as that of Og king of Bashan — two Amorite kings to the east beyond the Jordan,
48 from Aroer on the edge of the Arnon Valley, all the way to Mount Sion (that is, Hermon) –
49 and of the whole Arabah east of the Jordan as far as the Sea of the Arabah, at the foot of the slopes of Pisgah.
1 [Song Psalm Of the sons of Korah In sickness In suffering Poem For Heman the native-born] Yahweh, God of my salvation, when I cry out to you in the night,
2 may my prayer reach your presence, hear my cry for help.
3 For I am filled with misery, my life is on the brink of Sheol;
5 left alone among the dead, like the slaughtered lying in the grave, whom you remember no more, cut off as they are from your protection.
12 Are your wonders known in the darkness, your saving justice in the land of oblivion?
13 But, for my part, I cry to you, Yahweh, every morning my prayer comes before you;
16 Your anger has overwhelmed me, your terrors annihilated me.