A Worshipful Journey Through the Book of Numbers
Four hundred years of compromise, sin, suffering and darkness at the hands of evil authorities. Israel’s only way to be healed is to come out of slavery and into the freedom of the Lord’s authority. Picture yourself when reading of Israel. As you follow our study through the often overlooked book of Numbers, you will see how God rehabilitates and frees broken people.
Day 21: Progress
In Numbers 26:1-50, as God numbered his people once again, the counting reveals that the tribes of Rueben (meaning affliction), Simeon (meaning heard my affliction), and Gad (meaning troops or invaders), had shrunk in population since their previous numbering in Egypt. Though the Israel spirit was still deeply affected by the recent immorality, invasion, and plague, the hope of God hid still amongst his people. Though heartache, affliction, and opposition still remained, as it had when they first came out of slavery, God, by his grace, steadily remained faithful to shrink their struggle subtly but surely.
God reminds his disheveled people that his promises made to Abraham are still intact. In fact, Isachaar (burden carried), Judah (Praise), Zebulan (dwelling), Ephraim (fruitful an increase), Manassah (Forget), Benjamin (son of the right hand), Dan (Judge), and Asher (happy) all had grown in number since the exile out of Egypt.
As you read a very numerically detailed passage, think through God’s faithfulness. In numbering Israel, he reveals to them and to us that he holds true to his promises despite our constant tendencies to turn and run.
For Further Study in Scripture go to:
NUM 26, HEB 6:13-20
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