Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Numbers 1 - Ordering Israel

LINK: Numbers 1

BACKGROUND for Numbers



Numbers is a book about how Israel prepared to enter the Promised Land, the sin that made them wander for 40 years in the wilderness of Sinai, and the new generation that prepared to go again.

BACKGROUND for Numbers 1

In Numbers 1, the Israelites have been camped near Mt. Sinai for more than a year. Through Moses, God had given them the whole law (Leviticus).  They were ready to move toward the land that God had promised them. Moses and Aaron were commanded by God to take a census of all the fighting men. There were 603,550 men ready to fight. This did not include the Levites, women, or children. With these groups added into the count, the number was believed to be over two million. They had multiplied greatly (Exodus 1:7) since Jacob entered Egypt with only 70 family members!


REFLECTION



We will continue to see censuses taken throughout Scripture proving that God is a God of order and detail (1 Corinthians 14:40).  I want to be a woman of order and detail too! My office is a MESS right now with many unopened pieces of mail and papers left in piles. I need to clean this up before I can even start on my taxes to make sure I have everything that I need!

My excuse is that I have been busy with other things (triathlon on Saturday and spoke at a retreat on Sunday), but this passage reminded me to STOP and get this area of my life in order.


2014 Update: While my office is much nicer this year, and I have a system for getting all my tax papers in order, I still need to get them done!


2015 Update: It seems like I am always working on this chapter when I am getting ready to do my taxes. Last year, I completed them in one day with much order and joy. I am back to NO ORDER again, and the deadline is looming!


APPLICATION


How about you? Are there any areas of your life that you need to get in order? Pray and ask God to direct you in the ordering.


PRAYER


Help us to honor You in our order. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
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