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.
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."
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!
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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