Okay boys and girls, clear off your desks and get ready for a pop quiz. (Like you are ever ready for a pop quiz!) I’m pretty sure those were the two scariest words we ever heard in school. You have no warning about what you will be quizzed on and your anxiety kicks into overdrive.
So here is your pop quiz. Can you name the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve disciples without having to look them up in your Bible? Nope, me either. I was thinking of this as I washed my hands the other day. In January 2020, Levi Lusko, pastor of Fresh Life Church, preached a sermon on washing your hands. (Who knew it was a prophetic foreshadowing of what was coming in March 2020 with the pandemic!)
In his sermon he mentioned that after you wash your hands, you are to shake them in the sink twelve times, before drying them off. So the other day, I thought it would be more fun while shaking to say the names from the above-mentioned pop quiz, than just saying the numbers to twelve.
Here are the twelve sons of Israel:
Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Joseph, and Benjamin.
Here are the names of the twelve disciples called by Jesus:
Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Phillip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James (the less), Thaddaeus, Simon (the zealot) and Judas Iscariot. Later the disciples replaced Judas Iscariot with Matthias to keep the number at twelve. So you can chose who you want to say as the last one.
Or you could pick something else and say the twelve days of Christmas. All will engage your brain.
The number twelve in the Bible typically means perfection or authority. And who is the picture of perfection and authority? God! He is omniscient, meaning He has infinite awareness, understanding, and insight. He has universal and complete knowledge of everything—past, present and future, all at the same time. It means He can never learn anything new, because He already knows it all. Nothing can surprise Him or take Him unaware. He is never caught off guard or blind-sided.
“Who could ever wrap their minds around the riches of God, the depth of his wisdom, and the marvel of his perfect knowledge? Who could ever explain the wonder of his decisions or search out the mysterious way he carries out his plans? For who has discovered how the Lord thinks or is wise enough to be the one to advise him in his plans? (Rom. 11:33-34 [TPT])
I remember when I was in my early twenties, I was young, bullet-proof, and knew everything! The saying is true, wisdom comes with age. As I got older, I realized how little I actually knew, and how I needed to completely rely on God and His help for each day.
What I’ve learned is, every day is a pop quiz. We can do our best to plan and prepare, but we never really know what is coming in the future, as 2020 has clearly shown us. It is comforting to know, really know, that we have Someone we can rely on to lead and guide us through our day, who knows what is coming and has a plan for us.
So here is the ultimate pop quiz that Jesus is asking you, that requires just a simple yes or no response. “Do you want to spend eternity with Me?”
And you don’t even have to clear off your desk to answer.
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