Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lessons from the Battlefield, part 9: cooperation

2 Chronicles 29:31-35

 

The number of the burnt offerings:  70 bulls, 100 rams, 200 lambs, 600 bulls, 3,000 sheep.  But the priests were too few, so that they were unable to skin all the burnt offerings, therefore their brothers the Levites helped them until the work was completed and until the other priests….

 

There were not enough priests to get the job done, not for lack of priests but lack of preparation, and the work was not completed.  Perhaps you have never skinned an animal before, but it is a terrible job.  It is nasty, smelly, and a bloody mess.  There’s no way to do it and remain clean.  Skinning 3,970 animals of any size would have been an unbelievable operation, but skinning that many animals the size of bulls, goats, and sheep would be impossible to accomplish in just one day.


The Levites were competent to do the job, but it was not their usual work.  Amazingly, however, when it came time to skin the sacrifices, there was no arguing or casting blame.  There is no indication that the Levites begrudged the work.  They simply saw a job that needed doing, recognized that their brothers were unable to complete their assigned jobs, rolled up their sleeves, and went to work.  


There was such a spirit of cooperation and charity that everyone worked side by side until the entire job was done.  They had servant hearts. We too need to approach the work of God with the attitude of a servant, whether in our churches, our families, or our daily lives. In fact, we need to work together, across denominational lines, in such a way that the world stands in awe of what Christians get accomplished because of the loving way they work together to get the job done 


Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might...  (Ecclesiastes 9:10 NASB)