Focal Passage: Numbers 9:15-23
One scene from the 1994 movie “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” has stuck in my mind for over 20 years. Every time I see the opportunity to recreate the scene, I jump at it!
In this particular scene, Ace Ventura (played by Jim Carrey) is trying to prove that Roger Pedacter, an employee of the Miami Dolphins, has been murdered for having inside information on the kidnapping of the Dolphins’ mascot, Snowflake. In the hilariously famous scene, Ace is standing in Pedacter’s apartment, rapidly opening and closing the balcony door while belting a high note. With his antics, Ace proves in rhythmic fashion that the case could be solved easily.
Perhaps God’s dealings with His people post-Exodus in the wilderness could best be described as rhythmic. Over and over, God is establishing a rhythm, or a pattern, so He may lead His people according to His will and purposes. We gather every Sunday morning to live out those rhythms of obedience together in unity. Just as the Israelites lived in community with one another, following the commands of the Lord, the church is called to commit to one another – keeping one another accountable in our Christian walk and spurring one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:23-25).