In today's Numbers passage we find a new census for a new generation. 39 years had passed since the first census recorded in Numbers (1-2) and since that time every Israelite man and over over the age of 20 (except Caleb, Joshua, and Moses) had died. I found it interesting that the census called attention to the men who lost their lives due to their faithlessness, not to mention that the census itself was a reminder of the faithlessness of all the Israelites which resulted in their 40 years of wandering in the desert. Just like the saying "those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it".
The Bible often speaks of remembering - in both negative and positive ways. In a negative way, we need to remember the dire consequences of sin. In a positive way, we need to remember the faithfulness of God. We remember this also when we celebrate the Lord's supper today.
This verse struck me in our Matthew passage...
v18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
This verse was speaking, of course, about the killing of all Israelite males under 2 years (and is a quote from Jeremiah which spoke of those lost in the exile), in Herod's vain attempt to kill the Messiah. But it also reminds me of the holocaust of abortion that is going on right now.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Numbers 29-31; Matthew 3