What Do Moses and Gilligan Have in Common?

What Do Moses and Gilligan Have in Common?

As a kid, I enjoyed watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island. One thing that amused me was that for three years Gilligan sported the same outfit, but his clothes never wore out. They didn’t fade, become threadbare, or fray. His shirt, pants, shoes, socks, and even his hat lasted in pristine condition for as long as he was on the island.

But that’s nothing. Moses and the nation of Israel spent forty years in the desert and their clothes and sandals lasted that long. For four decades, their clothes did not wear out. Moses beats Gilligan by thirty-seven years, over thirteen times longer.

Although Gilligan’s situation amuses me, Moses’ situation amazes me.

Even more so is the reason Israel’s clothes lasted so long: God did this so that the people would know he was God, their Lord.

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That makes me ponder the things God has done for me so I will know he is the Lord, my God. That’s amazing, too.

What do you thank God for?

[Read through the Bible with us this year. Today’s reading is Deuteronomy 28-30, and today’s post is on Deuteronomy 29:5-6.]

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

2 Comments

  • annepeterson Posted May 2, 2013 9:32 am

    I thank God for his provision. He has always provided for us. Loved your post and how I saw a little of you, just in your sharing about good old Gilligan.

    • Peter DeHaan Posted May 2, 2013 10:13 am

      Thanks, Anne. You make me smile!

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