February 12, 2006
Read Numbers 1
First numbering (census) of the Israelites for military purposes; encampment location of each tribe in relation to the Tabernacle
About 70 times in the Book of Numbers, we read: The LORD said or the LORD spake to Moses. These were the words of our Heavenly Father speaking to His children. The desire of God was to have a people that would love, obey, and follow Him without reservation. He, in turn, would be their God, and lead them into the promised land. While the Israelites remained at Mount Sinai, it was twice said of them: And the children of
In much the same way, our lives are also a journey, a march each day through unfamiliar territory. Let us learn from their example and not forget that, from the time the Israelites were led to move forward in obedience to God's Word, Satan was there to create discontent, faultfinding and unbelief in the promises of God.
When Christians complain about their hardships, as the Israelites did, they too disqualify themselves from the Lord's best. Only a faithful few, like Caleb, Joshua, and Moses, recognize that God is shepherding us and is fulfilling His plan for our lives. We all can avoid wasted years as we faithfully read the Bible with an unreserved desire to know and do His will. His Word enables us to be all that He would have us be and to do all that He would have us do. His indwelling Holy Spirit enlightens our minds and stirs our hearts to pray and we know that the effectual (effective) fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth (accomplishes) much (James 5:16).
1:2 take the sum = take a census; by their polls = by head count; 1:16 renowned = chosen national representative; 1:17 expressed = designated; 1:18 pedigrees = ancestry; 2:2 ensign = tribal banner.
Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in honor of Linda Kennon · Government Official: Sen. Arlen Specter (PA) · Country: India (1 billion) in southern Asia · Major languages: Hindi and English · Religious freedom, but increasing harassment and persecution of Christians by religious radicals · 78% Hindu; 12% Muslim; 2% Protestant; 2% Roman Catholic; 2% Sikhs · Prayer Suggestion: The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips (Proverbs 16:23).
Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 12:14