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Numbers 1:1-3 "And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls; From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies."

When Moses was in the tabernacle on the first day of the second month during the second year, God spoke to him. He told Moses to count all the men that were twenty years old and older and able to go to war. They were to be numbered for the purpose of building an army and preparing to enter the land God had promised them.

The head of each tribe was chosen to help Moses and then each family was numbered from each tribe and the men counted and totaled. The tribe of Levi was not numbered because they were the priestly tribe, they had no inheritance in the new land and they could not go to war. The total that was numbered in the nation of Israel at this time was 603,550 men twenty and over able to go to war.

Numbers 1:18 "And they assembled all the congregation together on the first day of the second month, and they declared their pedigrees after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, by their polls."

Galatians 3:26 "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."

It says here they declared their pedigrees by their families and the house of their fathers. Itís important that we know where we come from if possible. Sometimes it isnít possible to know this Ė that doesnít diminish your worth, so donít take what Iím going to say the wrong way. I have never believed a person has to be íjust like his fatherí just because he has his fatherís genes. There is another myth that says: you are a product of your environment. To some extent, I do agree with that statement but I believe with all my heart that you donít have to be a product of your environment! Iím living proof of that! But, getting back to Israel, if you can know your family history, you should. This was a lesson God was setting forth for the nation of Israel and for us as well. God needed to keep Israel pure. His Son was going to be a descendant of this nation. This was an important nation, a peculiar people set aside to be His children. I think God wanted a record kept so they would know who their ancestors were. We donít have family reunions today like we used to. Extended families donít come together anymore but we need to, our genealogy is important!

Our spiritual genealogy is also important. If we have been born again, we are all children of God by faith in Christ. All we have to do to become a child of God is to believe on Him, accept Him, and then confess Him. After these steps, we become part of the family of God and if we belong to Christ then we are also Abrahamís seed for there is no Jew, Greek, bond, free, male or female in Godís family. All are created equal.

Numbers 1:52 "And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts. 53 But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony. 54 And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did they."

Notice in the above scripture that each family had their tent with their own tribe and family. Once again, it was important that families stayed together. Each family even had their own standard, or flag, to signify who they were. They all pitched their tents around the tabernacle, the priestís tents being around the tabernacle of testimony. It was important for every one of the Israelites to know where they belonged within the camp and within each family. Each one had a place and each one had a job to do in setting up camp. We each need a place to belong, too. And we each need something to do, a sense of fulfilling. Working for God will give you a sense of belonging and it will give your life new meaning. When Heís you Father, you always have a family and when Heís your Boss, you always have a job!

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