Saturday, February 26, 2011

Record the names

The Lord spoke to Moses and told him to record the names of all the warriors by their clans and families. Imagine it, count off...those in Reuben's tribe, Simeon's, and...if you were male and fit to fight in a war then you were counted. No women, children or those unable to fight in a war were counted.

I wondered why does the Lord want a number taken? Perhaps He just wanted to give them something to do and this was before calculators and such, so it would have taken a little while. It was before we could just mail a form in the mail to the right department, but I felt there was more to it.

Matthew Henry told me that it was because God wanted to show He was good with His promises to Abraham. To keep track of the descendants that He promised Abraham and to also show that He was keeping track of His sheep! Also, so that they could set up a order of justice.

I love the explanation of any of these especially that God is keeping track of His sheep! Just like the hairs on our heads He knows where we are and He is keeping a record of us! God is faithful!

I just picture Moses and Aaron along with the heads of the tribes sitting on a rock and making tally marks for each person on their sheet. God nodding yes I know Him, he is from the tribe of Dan or where is old so and so from Gad? Smiling as each of His sons walked through the line and they were marked present. Present in His number!

I want to be marked present in His number!

Sweet Blessings,

Prayer Special: Austria - Pray for leaders in the church. Believers are declining and they need workers and pastors.


Wanda said...

What a beautiful blog you have. I want to be counted in His number as well. God bless.

Frankie said...

Interesting picture today!

I like Matthew Henry's thoughts that you shared with us on why Moses recorded the names of all the warriors. God keeps His promises no matter what! And keeping track of His sheep is a comforting thought also.