August 16, 2021
DAY 226: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today we begin our journey through the book of numbers. Numbers begins in the Sinai desert shortly after the Israelites left Egypt, a disorganized people fleeing captivity.
Ask God for His understanding of Numbers 1-4. Read Numbers 1-4. Let’s journey!
Numbers, the fourth book of the Jewish Torah and of the Christians Old Testament, was written by Moses, who was recording events through which he lived. It picks up where Leviticus left off. The Israelites had been delivered from Egypt and had entered into a covenant with the Lord. They were concluding their one year stay at the base of Mt Sinai and were going to begin their journey to the Promised Land. The book of Numbers shows God’s faithfulness to the Israelites, while also delivering judgement on those who choose to walk away from Him.
Numbers 1-4: Numbers opens with God directing Moses to take a census of all men over 20 able to serve in the army of Israel. What is going on? God, who is a God of order, began organizing the Israelites into a nation. God organized the nation around the 12 tribes. God organized His worship around the tribe of Levi: the Levites. As you read Numbers 1-4 you noticed the meticulous detail God expressed to Moses in how to structure people whom God chose to be responsible for protecting His word. God is a God of order. (Numbers 1:1-4:49)
After reading chapters 1 through 4, consider the following: What was the importance of the census? Who was the census for? What do you learn about God from this passage?
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