October 5, 2018

1 Kings 8:5 (NLT) — 5 There, before the Ark, King Solomon and the entire community of Israel sacrificed so many sheep, goats, and cattle that no one could keep count!

When I got to this verse I just stopped and pondered it for awhile. The King and the people were so enthused about the presence of God in their midst that they just kept bringing sheep, goats, and cattle to offer as sacrifices, so much so that they gave up counting but kept on giving.

Being the oldest child in the family I was the one that babysat my two younger sisters any time my parents went out for the evening. Mom would say, “I left a bag of jelly beans in the cupboard make sure that your sisters each get a few. And that is exactly what they got, a few. I was very careful to count out what I considered was a few and you can bet that I was left with many:) I was more into getting than giving. I hadn’t learned yet that Jesus said it was “more blessed to give than to receive”. Maybe I had heard it but I sure didn’t believe it.

How enthused are we about our Lord? Perhaps our counting will give an indication. Is the time spent with the Lord counted? Can we give a few extra minutes or ponder a few more verses? Is our tithing counted or are we excited to give more? Do we keep a record of wrongs? When we come to worship on a Sunday are the minutes counted? Do we keep track of all the good things we do during the week or do we get so caught up in doing them that we lose track?

Back to the verse. Just think of the gallons of blood that were drained that day. It must have been a small brook of red! And yet all that blood was not enough to cover the sins of the whole nation let alone the whole world. The amount of blood wasn’t the issue it was the preciousness of the blood. Jesus had the precious blood and it didn’t take a small brook of it to cover our sins, just one body’s worth. Jesus didn’t count out the drops he just gave it all.

The only thing Jesus wanted us to count was the cost of being his disciple. What is the cost? The whole bag of jelly beans, in other words us giving our all for him.

1 Peter 1:18–19 (NLT) — 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

Galatians 2:20 (NLT) — 20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

So today I went through my pray list and prayed for a good hour. I read four chapters in my bible and meditated on a few of the verses. I gave money for a good cause fundraiser.  I helped someone with reading comprehension. I told my wife she was special. But whose counting:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Wow…what a lesson to spend time thinking about. I’ve been sitting at the keyboard sifting through my thoughts and looking for words to share but nothing is coming. Self-examination is good and very necessary for growth. Where in my life am I counting jelly beans??? Thanks for the ponder provoking lesson Teacher:)