Recently the website BibleGateway.com revealed the 100 most popular Bible verses. The results were based upon the tracking of searches on their website. As you might expect verses like John 3:16 (For God so loved the world . . .), Jeremiah 29:11 (For I know the plans I have for you . . .) and Philippians 4:13 (I can do all things through Christ . . .) are all at the top.
But, I was more interested in the least popular verses. According to the same source the verse from I Chronicles chapter 23-37 are the least read verses. Now, chapter 23 starts off pretty interestingly, “When David was old and full of years, he made his son Solomon king over Israel . . .” But by verse 6, we read David separated the Levites into divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari.
Next, the chapters give us the details of how each of the divisions was organized. Name after name, assignment after assignment it reads like a telephone book listing or an instructional manual. It is not seemingly a very interesting read. Yet, it is just as inspired as those verses I mentioned previously, but why are they in there?
There are a couple of reasons why they’re included. First, the Jewish people rightly believed they were in an unbroken chain to Jesus; it was critical that they had an accurate genealogy. Second, I think this demonstrates that we have not a God of chaos but a God of order. It is clear to see in creation. There are predictable patterns that repeat, in fact all of our scientific methods are based upon the principle of order.
Every time we drop a ball we know that it will fall to the earth, we know exactly when and where the sun will rise on the horizon. We do not live in a world of chaos but in a world of order, because we have a God of order.
The next time you come across these least read verses, be reminded they demonstrate the history of Jesus and remind us that God is a God of order.
I Chronicles 23:6
“And David organized them in divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.”
“The 100 Most-Read Bible Verses at BibleGateway.com.” Biblegateway.com. N.p., 15 May 2009. Web.
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