The World's First OtterBox by Phil

Sometimes a new invention plus human nature leads to an entirely new innovation.  Take the automobile for instance.  Add human hunger and impatience and you get the restaurant drive-thru window, a truly great innovation!  Or for a more modern example, how about the smart phone.  Add human clumsiness and you get two whole new businesses - screen repair and shatterproof cases. (If your phone still hangs on the kitchen wall, OtterBox is the leading maker of water-proof, scratch-proof, drop-resistant cases for smart phones. I'm not sure why they named it after an otter. I guess otters are waterproof, but I've never thought of them as drop-resistant. But then, I've never dropped an otter. Oh well, it's a mystery. Where was I? Oh, yeah...)  But is this really a new idea? Nope, it's as old as the human tendency to break things.  In fact, it goes clear back to the days of Moses.

You may remember that when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments freshly chiseled by God, he got so mad at seeing the Israelites worshipping a golden calf that he threw the tablets down and broke them. (This could have led to the first anger management class.)  Check out what happened next...

At that time the LORD said to me, "Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones and come up to me on the mountain. Also make a wooden chest. I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Then you are to put them in the chest." - Deuteronomy 10:1-2. 

There you have it, the world's first OtterBox, invented by God himself! As King Solomon said, "There is nothing new under the sun." Unfortunately, people have been breaking the commandments ever since, but the tablets are in good shape!  Of course, we can't remember where we put them, but that's a different devotion.

By the way, aren't you glad God didn't carve the whole Bible on stone tablets?  You'd have a hernia before you got past "In the beginning..."

Have a blessed week!
Phil and Pam


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