If you’re just joining us, a few friends and I are reading through the One Year Chronological Bible (NLT) and today we find ourselves in Numbers. It’s year two of Israel’s journey out of the captivity of the Egyptians.
One month after the Tabernacle was first completed, the Lord told Moses to take a census. This was the first step in preparing the Israelites to receive their inheritance, the Promised Land. The Lord actually had Mo count the people two times – this first time to organize them into marching units to better defend themselves. The second time, which we’ll see later on in Numbers (exciting, I know), was to prepare them to conquer the country east of the Jordan River.
Hang in through Numbers. It’s not easy reading, but it tells the tragic tale of a people’s unbelief – but also of God’s patience. It’s a good lesson for us all. God is patient, but that should not be taken lightly. God must punish sin because He is holy. We’ll see how His love for His people saved them.
And that’s the good news.
Thank You, God, for your grace and mercy…