February 10, Numbers 1-4
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Numbers takes up where Exodus ends. Go back and read Exodus 40:17 and then read Numbers 1:1. Numbers should be the book in which we read Israel’s entry into the Promised Land. That will not be the case. Instead, because of Israel’s disobedience, the story of Numbers will tell us of a 40 year detour.
The book of Numbers begins innocently enough with a counting of those who are part of the nation of Israel. This may be boring reading, but think about the implications of this numbering. As I read this numbering, I think about a Proverb that is often quoted among preachers. The Proverb, from Proverbs 27:23 says, “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.” I sense that this is what God is saying to Moses. Before entry into the Promised Land, there would be some battles to fight. Moses ought to know how many available fighting men he had. In addition to counting the fighting men, God directed Moses to count those available to serve as priests.
Two points of application can be made from these counts. First, as I have alluded to already, we need to be prepared for what God has called us to do. Maybe you need to do some counting today to see if you are prepared for what God is calling you to do. Second, everybody has their job to do. The fighting men had their job to do; the priests had their job to do. Such is the case today. Whatever God has called you to do, do it with all your might.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com. Animated video by www.thebibleproject.com.