Today we begin the book of Numbers. I found this summary: (emphasis on key notables in bold)
Who wrote the book?
Where are we?
Why is Numbers so important?
What's the big idea?
How do I apply this?
Numbers begins with God asking Moses to count people. Now I've read this chapter before but today I thought about this in a new way. We have been reminded over these last readings that God is the same always has, always will be, the same. He knows all, sees all, hears all. Nothing is hidden from Him. And yet...he asks Moses to count the people. Think about that....
God already knows the numbers. He already knows how many people there are in each tribe...he knows the hairs on each of those people's heads! However, he asks Moses to do it anyway. He wanted Moses to do the work and see for himself.
It makes me think of something our Pastor said in a message yesterday. He likened God to a firefighter from the fires of sin that we cause. If he "swoops" in to save us right away we may not fully appreciate the saving because we haven't seen the magnitude of destruction the fire can cause when it rages out of control. It is only when our sin "rages out of control" that we can fully understand what it means to be saved.
Likewise, I believe God called Moses to do the work. God could have just told him how many people there were. It would have been easier. It would have been more accurate...believe me, I do a head count of my Grade 1 friends on field trips and it's not an easy task...and there are only 24 of them! But it would not have been as valuable to Moses than the process of counting it out. Moses would know exactly how many people were wandering in the desert. It was important for Moses to know this...not just being told, but to know. Just like it is important for us to know just how bad our sin is and how much we need a Saviour.
And our sin is THAT bad. Revelation 14:9-11 says:
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Numbers 3-4; Revelation 15